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

The KLF : Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds
Author: John Higgs
Rating: 4.33
Bestsellers Rate: 5612
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Book Format: Paperback
Binding: None
Pages: 320
Hours of reading: 5.3 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 7,58 €

About the book

'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

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'By far the best book this year, brilliant, discursive and wise' -- Ben Goldacre The book brilliant captures the anti-establishment attitude of Drummond and Cauty, and makes you wish the pop charts were full of such madness these days' * THE BIG ISSUE * 'Book of the Century. Most pop biographies are a dull patchwork of clippings - this is something else' -- Rob Manuel, co-founder of B3ta 'Might well be the best music book of the 2010s . . . eccentric, bizarre, confusing, hilarious and more than a little pretentious but utterly irresistible and totally brilliant' -- Cay McDermott * THE QUIETUS * 'This wildly entertaining thesis speculates on how the KLF arrived at a crowning act of transgression even they did not understand, drawing together threads including practical magic, strange patterns of coincidence and punk' * MOJO * 'A pop biography for people who don't read pop biographies. Higgs approaches the short career of the early 90s top 10 provocateurs like Adam Curtis brainstorming with Thomas Pynchon, exploring all manner of magical thinking and conspiracy theories. Touching on Dada, DOCTOR WHO and Discordianism, it's as playful and sui generis as the KLF themselves, which is saying something' -- Dorian Lynskey * GUARDIAN * 'John Higgs's The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band Who Burned a Million Pounds succeeds by ignoring music for much of the story, in favour of the group's philosophical and psycho-geographical underpinnings in Discordianism, situationism, art and magic. Sometimes, the music is just a means to an end - in their case, a million-quid bonfire that Higgs suggests may be "a magical act that forged the 21st century". Well, maybe . . .' -- Andy Gill * INDEPENDENT * ''John Higgs's book about the KLF is - like its subject - a thing of endlessly fascinating, utterly demented genius'' -- Alexis Petridis By far the best book this year, brilliant, discursive and wise -- Ben Goldacre 'I am going to bang on about The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds rather a lot. Fascinating . . . Enthralling' -- Robin Ince Book of the Century. Most pop biographies are a dull patchwork of clippings - this is something else -- Rob Manuel * B3ta * Might well be the best music book of the 2010s... eccentric, bizarre, confusing, hilarious and more than a little pretentious but utterly irresistible and totally brilliant * The Quietus * This wildly entertaining thesis speculates on how the KLF arrived at a crowning act of transgression even they did not understand, drawing together threads including practical magic, strange patterns of coincidence and punk. * MOJO * The book brilliant captures the anti-establishment attitude of Drummond and Cauty, and makes you wish the pop charts were full of such madness these days. * THE BIG ISSUE * Higgs approaches the short career of the early 90s top 10 provocateurs like Adam Curtis brainstorming with Thomas Pynchon, exploring all manner of magical thinking and conspiracy theories. Touching on Dada, Doctor Who and Discordianism, it's as playful and sui generis as the KLF themselves, which is saying something. -- Dorian Lynskey * THE GUARDIAN * John Higgs's The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band Who Burned a Million Pounds succeeds by ignoring music for much of the story, in favour of the group's philosophical and psycho-geographical underpinnings in discordianism, situationism, art and magic. Sometimes, the music is just a means to an end - in their case, a million-quid bonfire that Higgs suggests may be "a magical act that forged the 21st century". Well, maybe... * THE INDEPENDENT * John Higgs's book about the KLF is - like its subject - a thing of endlessly fascinating, utterly demented genius * Alexis Petridis * I am going to bang on about The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds rather a lot. Fascinating... Enthralling. -- ROBIN INCE

John Higgs Biography

John Higgs is an English writer, novelist, journalist and cultural historian. The work of Higgs has been published in the form of novels (under the pseudonym JMR Higgs), biographies and works of cultural history.In particular, Higgs has written about the so-called counterculture, exemplified by writers, artists and activists such as Timothy Leary, Robert Anton Wilson, Alan Moore and The KLF.

Career

Higgs began as a director of children’s television and was BAFTA-nominated for pre-school animation before going on to create and produce the BBC Radio 4 quiz X Marks the Spot. At Climax Group studios he was videogame producer for games that appeared on Xbox, PS2 and GameCube including Crash 'n' Burn and ATV Quad Power RacingHiggs has written for The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Mirror and Mojo magazine. As an author, Higgs has written the novels The First Church on the Moon and The Brandy of the Damned; biographies of Timothy Leary and The KLF; and works of history and cultural analysis.Born in Rugby, Higgs grew up in Buckley, North Wales and now lives with his family in Brighton.

Robert Anton Wilson, Illuminatus! and Cosmic Trigger

In his 2013 book, KLF, Higgs’s interest in the American counter culture writer Robert Anton Wilson led to him writing about the stage play version of Wilson’s The Illuminatus Trilogy! books as directed by Ken Campbell and which were performed at the National Theatre in 1977. During Higgs’s research, he interviewed Campbell’s wife, the actress Prunella Gee, and learned that their daughter, Daisy Eris Campbell, was at the time thinking about staging a theatrical version of Wilson's Cosmic Trigger. Higgs supported and championed the production of the play with various talks around the country and the play was eventually staged in Liverpool and London in 2014 and staged again at The Cockpit Theatre in London in 2017Higgs involvement in the Cosmic Trigger play led to Robert Anton Wilson's estate - the Robert Anton Wilson Trust - to ask him to write an introduction for a new edition of Cosmic Trigger: The Final Secret of the Illuminati, published by the Wilson estate's new imprint, Hilaritas Press, in 2016.

Books

Biographies and history

William Blake vs the World - (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2021) William Blake Now: Why He Matters More Than Ever - (Hachette UK, 2019) The Future Starts Here: Adventures in the Twenty-First Century - (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2019) Watling Street: Travels Through Britain and Its Ever-Present Past - (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2017) Stranger Than We Can Imagine: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century - (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2016) 2000TC: Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On - (2014), in a limited edition of 111 copies The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds - (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2013) I Have America Surrounded: The Life of Timothy Leary - (The Friday Project, 2006) Our Pet Queen: A New Perspective on Monarchy - (Signal, 2014) ... Read full biography

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Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
Languages: | English |
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ISBN13: 9781780226552
ISBN10: 1780226551
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Illustrations: 8 pages
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Book Format: Paperback
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Pages: 320
Book Weight: 240
Book Dimensions: 128x196x22
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Publication date: Sept. 26, 2013
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Publication City/Country: London, United Kingdom

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