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Mick Farren, a Renaissance man of the 1960s British rock ’n’ roll underground — singer and songwriter, rock critic and historian and the author of science fiction novels — died Saturday in London. He was 69.
Mr. Farren died after collapsing during a performance by a reconstituted version of the Deviants, the psychedelic band of which he was a member in the ’60s. A friend for many years, Wayne Kramer, a guitarist for MC5 rock band, said the cause was a heart attack. In addition, Kramer said, Mr. Farren had emphysema, “which he treated with alcohol and cigarettes.”
He added: “He wasn’t a singer, per se, but he loved being onstage. He loved performing. He couldn’t have written a better end for himself.”