45 Paperback – 1 Nov 2001
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
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.
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)
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was pretty disappointed by this. Was occasionally fun but didn't give much away. I'm a big klf fan and would have liked more stories about those kind of escapadesPublished on 13 Oct. 2010 by Nathan Davis
Highly recommended for anyone into Zoo Records or KLF stuff or just if you are curious to know a bit more about a very interesting and witty manPublished on 20 July 2009 by Paul Ryan
Lovely insight of a real artist in this fake world. Contains sudden loud laughs, honest and cynic. A bit too much of a whining and selfconfession, however they fit the agenda. Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2007 by Molnár Dániel
My review is short and sweet - a great book, he's a natural storyteller and makes the mundane interesting. Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2002 by T. Allen