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"You can't go picking oranges off lamp-posts."
The story of Steve Took's singer-songwriting career.



"Most people know who Steve Peregrine Took is, but few people know what he does. A few more know him as a somewhat bizarre figure who materialises at concerts, armed only with an Epiphone guitar, and performs a freeform set of songs, raps, jokes and anything else that flashes through his mind."
Charles Shaar Murray, preamble to Steve Took interview, NME 16th October 1972

"Basically, all I want to do is sit under an orange tree, play my guitar in the sun, get stoned and dig the smells and the colours. Unfortunately, there aren't many orange groves around here and you can't go picking oranges off lamp-posts"
Steve Took, NME interview, April 15th 1972


Written by David Mantell, January - May 2000
This is a working document and subject to change and evolution. Some updates added in May 2010.

INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER ONE -BEGINNINGS
CHAPTER TWO - SHAGRAT STORY
CHAPTER THREE - A ROCK 'N ROLL SINGER WITHOUT A BAND
CHAPTER FOUR- SECUNDA AND THE REVENGE MASTERPLAN
CHAPTER FIVE- 'YOU SEE, I HAVE THIS REPUTATION TO CONTEND WITH'
CHAPTER SIX- 'HE SENT ME SOME TAPES AND THEY WERE INTERESTING'
CHAPTER SEVEN - 'CAN I EVER HOPE TO DIE NATURALLY'
CHAPTER EIGHT- POSTHUMOUS
CONCLUSION

STEVE TOOK'S SIGNATURE


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