The Pink Fairies were a British rock music group active in the London underground scene of the early 1970s . They promoted free music and anarchy and often performed impromptu gigs and other agitprop stunts. The band led by Paul Rudolph on blues guitar and two drummers: Twink, and Russ Hunter; it went through many different line-ups of band members over the years.
The Pink Fairies evolved out of a drinking club formed by Steve Peregrin Took (formerly Marc Bolan’s partner in T Rex, the Pretty Things, the Deviants also called the “Social” Deviants) and Syd Barrett in 1969. Took, along with Mick Farren and Twink (previously of The Fairies, Tomorrow, and Pretty Things) named the group Pink Fairies, only to see Twink appropriate the name for his new project (Pink Fairies Mark 2) with three ex-Deviants members. Mick Farren’s first solo album, Mona, features the original Pink Fairies Mark 1 line-up.
It is worth noting that according to Jason Ankeny of All Music Guide, “the Social Deviants…consisted primarily of vocalist Mick Farren, guitarist Paul Rudolph, bassist Duncan Sanderson and drummer Russell Hunter. The group also featured satellite members Marc Bolan, Steve Peregrine Took and players from the band Group X, later rechristened Hawkwind.”