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The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds (2013)

by John Higgs

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After giving this a read, it is easy to understand why Ben Goldacre (one of the many people campaigning for a socially accountable pharmaceutical industry and a scientific community not for sale) lauded it highly. This is indeed thoughtful writing, a mycelium of narratives organized in a digestible fashion, for everyone from the KLF fan who applied the results of their experiments in other social movements (piracy) to the hardcore music-lover KLF fan, to the one who just remember liking their music, or the odd kaos-magick and/or scientist practitioner out there. ( )
1 vote altemark | Jun 29, 2014 |
Loved this book. I can’t imagine a more fitting book about The KLF, but this is so good it should reach and entertain those who aren’t fans or have never heard of them.

The book uses the band as a launching point for a story that pulls in everything from Dadaism to the Kennedy assassination. Well written and thoughtful. ( )
2 vote bongo_x | Feb 20, 2014 |
A meandering (in the best way possible) and thought-provoking book. It uses the KLF, and particularly their infamous burning of a million pounds, as a lens with which to explore an alternate history of the 20th century. ( )
  urthona73 | Sep 24, 2013 |
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Of course, nothing ever quite worked out as the duo planned. While the most sympathetic of biographers might have written the infamous incident off as an extravagant publicity stunt, author, designer and TV producer JMR Higgs decided to take an alternative, somewhat more opaque, view. In KLF: Chaos Magic Music Money, he uses it as the departure point on a wild romp through the career of one of the most subversive musical acts of the past few decades. His argument is that burning a million quid wasn’t a political or artistic statement, rather an invocation of chaos - a magical act inspired by the edicts of Dadaism and Discordianism that kindled the modern world into being. As this should make evident, this is not your typical rock biography. If you’re looking for a torpid hagiography full of Q Magazine clippings, linear chronologies and glossy colour photos, then why are you a KLF fan?
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'Reality is not enough; we need nonsense too. Drifting into a world of fantasy is not an escape from reality but a significant education about the nature of life.'Edmund Miller, Lewis Caroll Observed
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Jim Reid retired to his hotel room at around midnight on 22 August 1994.
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'By far the best book this year, brilliant, discursive and wise' BEN GOLDACRE. The strange tale of the death, life and legacy of the hugely successful band. They were the bestselling singles band in the world. They had awards, credibility, commercial success and creative freedom. Then they deleted their records, erased themselves from musical history and burnt their last million pounds in a boathouse on the Isle of Jura. And they couldn't say why. This is not just the story of The KLF. It is a book about Carl Jung, Alan Moore, Robert Anton Wilson, Ken Campbell, Dada, Situationism, Discordianism, magic, chaos, punk, rave, the alchemical symbolism of Doctor Who and the special power of the number 23. Wildly unauthorised and unlike any other music biography, THE KLF is a trawl through chaos on the trail of a beautiful, accidental mythology. Read by John Higgs (p) Orion Publishing Group 2018… (more)

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