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

The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds [Kindle Edition]

John Higgs
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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By far the best book this year, brilliant, discursive and wise (Ben Goldacre)

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)

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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. Updated with new material.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2094 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1780226551
  • Publisher: Phoenix (26 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EEBDFA8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,333 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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JMR Higgs is the author of The Brandy of the Damned and I Have America Surrounded: The Life of Timothy Leary. He also makes animation and has directed and produced over 100 episodes of pre-school British TV in the last five years, which allows him to spend his days thinking like a four-year-old. He was nominated for a BAFTA, once, but that was a long time ago. He blogs about stuff at www.jmrhiggs.com, and about book apps at johnhiggs.wordpress.com. He was raised in Wales, which explains a lot, but can now usually be found in Brighton England, where he lives with @joannemallon and their two children. He likes drinking tea and not paying attention. His cat is massive. Seriously, it's a really big cat.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tour de force of the most awesome ideas ever 7 Dec 2012
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This isn't really about the KLF. it's about the ideas that led to the KLF doing the things they did, and the ideas that led to those ideas. As such it's much more interesting and, dare I say, useful than your bog standard music biography.

It's also a really good guide to understanding where Bill Drummond is coming from in his art over the last decade, complementing books like The 17 well.

Personally I enjoyed how ideas and people I've been fascinated by over the last few decades are tied together, from Ken Campbell to Alan Moore to Robert Anton Wilson, and how often pretentious, academic issues that idiots love to obsfucate are explained and contextualised in plain entertaining language.

Book of the year, no question.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Justified - in giving it five 9 Feb 2013
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Highly recommended - what a great and wondrously different read that was. Many thanks, Mr Higgs. The money burning incident was something that had lodged itself in a dark recess of my mind and popped out every so often for no apparent reason - so I was excited to hear about the existence of Chaos Magic Music Money and hoped to find the truth behind the art/madness/stupidity of the Zippo-happy KLF. But Mr Higgs has managed to write a book about the KLF while most definitely not writing a book about the KLF, if you know what I mean. I'm taking much away with me from this book, and the reasons for those lads burning a million is a tiny piece of that big chunk. It did need more spirit bunnies though, but hey . . .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read! 14 Dec 2013
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Excellent, first class and definitely a cracking read, not only on the KLF, but many other interesting people, topics, subjects, events and more that synchronise with the work of the band.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Head mangler 13 May 2013
By Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen (real name) TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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A truly amazing book that deals with philosophy, cults, madness, paranoia, business deals, the art world, synchronicity, murder and loads more.......

It starts off with the burning of £1 million by Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cautie, formerly known as the KLF. The book then tries to make sense of why they did it and in doing so touches upon so much heavy duty head mangling information and supposition that at one point I was going to put in the top 5 thought stimulating books that I have read in all my time as a reader, until I got to the end. There is a twist, which I will not even hint at, but suffice to say it left me pondering about the book itself(further instillation of paranoia).

Anyway, a most enjoyable, lucid and well written book. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly brilliant 1 May 2013
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Having lived through the rise and fall of the KLF without really caring all that much about the weirdness that surrounded them, this book is a wonderful exploration of just how weird Messrs Cauty and Drummond are and why.

Genius, I couldn't put it down and now I can't stop thinking about it. Read it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's gonna rock ya 12 Feb 2013
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I was up until 3am reading this. It's brilliant.

It's certainly about the KLF and burning a million pounds, but it's also about so much else. Including itself.

It's thought provoking, deeply considered, and lively, whilst also being very clearly written. Perfectly balanced.

If you remember the KLF and something about them burning a million pounds, you should read it. If you're the KLF's biggest ever fan, you should read it. And if you've never heard of the KLF you should most definitely absolutely download it right now and start reading it straight away because your life is about to change.

Really.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tangents 20 Jan 2013
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Apparently a biography of purveyors of bizarre dance music The KLF, this amazing book flies off at various tangents and ends up being about so many other things as well as, or possibly instead of, what you first thought. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much more than the KLF 4 Jan 2013
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This book is thankfully much more than a book about the KLF, as writing just about the actions and music of Cauty and Drummond would be a disservice to one of the more interesting bands in pop history.

For some it was their first time seeing The Smiths, for some the Sex Pistols, for me it was having my mind blown by some middle-aged pop-stars wearing horns on Top of the Pops. Like all great music it is rich with culture that for the intrigued leads to a vast array of ideas and concepts. This led to Discordianism, Robert Anton Wilson and a whole panoply of thinkers and dreamers — all stuff that this book touches upon. Enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you believe in magic?
John Higgs overlays a standard chronological history of The KLF (a wonderful, and very successful, pop duo active in the late 1980s and early 1990s who adopted the philosophy... Read more
Published 1 month ago by nigeyb
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and informative
Who knew that there could be so much background to a late-1980s/early-1990s techno act?

Prepare to be enlightened as this book goes into great depth as to the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gareth Winchester
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I was a bit young for KLF at the time but found this fascinating and couldn't put it down. Well worth a read if you are interested in late 80s punk non-conformism.
Published 3 months ago by PB36
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant starting point for anyone interested in philosophy or...
The KLF were an amazing band, and this is the best way to discover the meaning behind some of their songs and the philosophical engine that drove them. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. Channelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great take on a fascinating story
Really enjoyed this book, a great angle to look at a fascinating. Well-researched, full of good humour and overall a superb read about a unique band and period of music in this... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jamie T
4.0 out of 5 stars Far more than a biography about a band
This book isn't really about The KLF. It's more a collection of philosophical ideas covering quantum physics, religion, conspiracy theories, art, magic and Doctor Who. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Discerning Reader/Viewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
Not your typical book about a band - so you're forewarned.

But The KLF (et al.) weren't your typical band. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Richard Chambers
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad beyond belief
Looking for a book about The KLF? This isn't it. The writer feels we want to know about anything but The KLF and that we should all be impressed at his 'knowledge'. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gadgetaddict
5.0 out of 5 stars Far more than a KLF biog
Fascinating, deep but accessible read on the front-of-house & backstage world of the KLF. Huge insight into their inspirations & the myriad coincidences along the way. Read more
Published 4 months ago by chrisbardell.com
3.0 out of 5 stars Stick with the Records
OK, so the press reviews suggested that this would be as mindblowing as some of the KLF's records. Yes, it tells a fantastic story (and I mean that in all senses of the word) and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amie's_Bar
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