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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (1 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349112894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349112893
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With Bill Drummond, it's always best to expect the unexpected. He has made a career out of being gloriously unpredictable. He famously tasted pop success with the KLF, burned a million pounds on a remote Scottish isle and introduced the world to Echo & The Bunnymen and Julian Cope. 45 is as unexpected as the KLF collaborating with Tammy Wynette: a semi-autobiography from a man who has previously been loathe to talk about his work in public. The book takes the form of a collection of short stories and essays focusing on various aspects of Drummond's life. While some chapters are definite page-turners, others move at a more ponderous pace. 45 really comes alive when Drummond discusses hair-brained KLF schemes and K Foundation art stunts. It is within these chapters that he gets closest to confessional, musing on disillusionment, musical myth and the nature of nationalism. Here we get to glimpse into the mind of one of pop's wayward geniuses. Yet it is never more than a mere glimpse. Drummond clearly finds it hard to be truly revelatory. We should, of course, expect this from a man who spent his musical career building up myths, creating alter egos and trying to fool the media and the record-buying public. If anything, 45 illustrates perfectly Drummond's chameleon-like nature. On one hand, he is a shy, retiring family man who enjoys long walks in the country and drinking tea. Yet he is also a tortured genius, a frustrated artist and a man in the throes of a mid-life crisis. When he lets himself go, 45 is a cracking read and one of the most interesting books about music and art in years. --Matt Anniss --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Drummond has the inimitable wisdom of a true maverick (THE TIMES)

It has flashes of twisted brilliance reminiscent of Iain Sinclair or Will Self (GUARDIAN)

Drummond is a cultural magician and this is his logbook (INDEPENDENT)

Invigorating, irritating and endearing, Drummond is a gifted postmodern raconteur with his tongue stuck firmly in his cheek. (IRISH NEWS)

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Bill Drummond is an ideas man. One time manager of great rock and roll bands (Echo And The Bunnymen, The Teardrop Explodes) and purveyor of genius pop records of his own (The Timelords, The KLF). One of THE great "thinkers" of our age. In his 45th year on this planet he set about setting down some of his best ideas in a book. The result is an inspirational collection of "stories" based on his life and experiences. Bill Drummond is The Prankster, we salute him! Buy this book!
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Bill Drummond, arch art critic, svengali and KLF founder launches into thoughts at the age of 45. And what thoughts. Interstellar ley lines in Liverpool, the illuminati, Abba and burning £1million, it's all here. I read this book in two sittings. Compulsive, readable but eminently convincing, which under the circumstances is very unikely. Read this and Julian Cope's Repossessed / Head on and, if you're lucky, your attitude to life could be changed forever (or you could just be confused by the ramblings of the Liverpool scene past).
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He doesn't really give too much away of himself in this collection of short essays. But there's a lot of interesting stuff: memories of the Liverpool punk scene, distributing cans of lager to the homeless, meeting Tammy Wynette,... I was also comforted to find that someone else likes department stores and shopping malls! But I would have liked to have read more about the KLF, burning a million quid, etc
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I lost my original copy of this many years ago so when my new copy arrived I was pleased to find it was as good a read as I remembered. I bought it to read on a trip to Iceland- and if you buy this, you too will find out why it's so apt for a trip to the frozen and mountainous island, and see why it inspired Bill Drummond as it has. It could do with a Kindle edition, if only to get more people reading it.
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A challenging and incendiary book for anyone who has ever felt the unfocussed urge to do something, but has backed away from their wildest ideas.
The stories show Drummond following those urges through, persuing half-formed ideas and trying to understand his own motivations. Some work, some go horribly wrong, some remain unclear. From strange notions about the Bunnymen and Teardrops explode, through "the K Foundation burn £1m", to 2k Plant Hire, "F**k the Millenium" and beyond.
Unfortunately Drummond's need to both build and destroy his own mythology simultaenously sees the book end on a tired and jaded note with the comparative failure of the ICA concert.
Despite that a "must read" for the life, energy, and driven quality of many of the other stories, and the way that challenges you to follow your own ideas.
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For a man who spends his days wondering around Aylesbury town centre for no particular reason, Bill Drummond still manages to be a prolific purveyor of absurd ideas - almost all of which he acts upon. Buying 6,250 cans of Tennants Super to build a giant cube, hanging dead cows from electricity pylons, releasing albums by non-existent bands from Finland, accidentally writing theme songs for Serbian resistance movements...Drummond's ambivalence towards art and pop music drives this fascinating and unconventional autobiography
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Having read Head On/Repossessed I sought out this book. I can't recommend it enough. I had some vague, unfounded dislike for Bill Drummond. I think it may have been due to 'Doctorin' the Tardis' and its arch knowingness and with me being a 'serious' teenager at that time. Now all I want to do is make some soup for him or preferably with him. Read it and you will understand. A warm, funny and heartening voice.
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A collection of very well written stories from the life of one of the most intelligent and fascinating people in popular culture.
The stories are interresting, witty, funny, strange, moving: all worth while.
If you interrested in the KLF, art, media, or just looking for a good book i can definitely recomend 45.
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