The KLF- Chaos, Magic and the Band Who Burned A Million Pounds
Submitted by ganglesprocket on 3 October 2013 - 11:27am
The KLF were never really a band and this isn't really a biography. In trying to work out just why they burned a million quid on the Isle Of Jura, Higgs traces the various influences and connections which fed into the slightly insane imaginations of Jimmy Cauty and, especially Bill Drummond, which resulted in what can only really be seen as a five year long art project. This book presents The KLF as a stew of Robert Anton WIlson, Dr Who, rave, pop, Discordianism, dada and Operation Mindfuck. Except he also presents them as total chancers, constantly winging it, constantly being surprised by what they actually manage to achieve; the arch media manipulators are just bumbling upwards really, as the story of how the single Justified and Ancient came about more than demonstrates. Another highlight is the description of the Brits performance with Extreme Noise Terror. This is well written, funny, clever and genuinely does justice to a brilliant subject.
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Might appeal to people who enjoyed:
The KLF, conspiracy theories, Doctor Who, Thomas Pynchon, art, bullshit and humor.
One thing you've learned:
The cosmic significance of the number 23, the defination of a self referential reality tunnel and the alarming amount of convicted child sex offenders who play minor roles in The KLF's story.