London, U.K.
1970-1976, 1987-1988

The Pink Fairies were an English rock band active in the London (Ladbroke Grove) underground and psychedelic scene of the early 1970s. They promoted free music, drug taking and anarchy and often performed impromptu gigs and other agitprop stunts, such as playing for free outside the gates at the Bath and Isle of Wight pop festivals in 1970, as well as appearing at Phun City, the second Glastonbury and many other free festivals including Windsor and Trentishoe. The group was formed when the three musicians from The Deviants (Paul Rudolph, born Vancouver, Canada, guitar and vocals; Duncan Sanderson, born 31 December 1948, Carlisle, Cumbria, bass; Russell Hunter, born Barry Russell Hunter, 26 April 1946, Woking, Surrey, drums), having sacked their singer and leader Mick Farren, returned from a disastrous tour of the West Coast of the United States and hooked up with Twink, former drummer of The Pretty Things. Prior to the tour these musicians had collaborated on Twink's Think Pink solo album and while on tour Twink, Farren and Steve Peregrin Took had used the name Pink Fairies Motorcycle Club and All-Star Rock and Roll Band, taken from a story written by Jamie Mandelkau, for activities including one shambolic gig in Manchester and the recording of Farren's solo album, Mona – The Carnivorous Circus.

Their music was upbeat good-time rock and roll, often jamming on The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows", The Ventures' "Walk Don't Run", "Ghost Riders in the Sky" and other standards. Their sets climaxed with the lengthy "Uncle Harry's Last Freakout", essentially an amalgam of old Deviants riffs that included extended guitar and double drum solos. They were closely associated with the UK underground, being based in the Ladbroke Grove scene and playing festivals, benefits and free concerts. The band had strong connections with Farren's home town Worthing, playing gigs for the Worthing Workshop. These included an appearance on a float in the Worthing Rotary Club Carnival Procession and a free open-air concert in Beach House Park. Playing for in June 1970 free outside the Bath Festival, they encountered another Ladbroke Grove based band Hawkwind, who shared similar interests in music and recreational activities, a friendship developed which would lead to the two bands becoming running partners and performing as Pinkwind. Sensationalist coverage in the (Mick Farren edited) International Times solidified their rebel reputation.