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The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds by [Higgs, John]
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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)

'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)

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)

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)

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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: 2765 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EEBDFA8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 127 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,704 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I wanted the story behind the KLF, not a dull 'story' about religion, currency, history, fiction, etc. After I read page after page about the history of Dr Who I just gave up. Yes, Dr Who is (vaguely) connected to the KLF but I don't want to read the back story of everything to do with it. This was like reading an essay.

I'm a huge fan of the KLF and the book starts off interesting. After while it became a chore to read though.
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The narrative of The KLF burning the money probably takes up about 2 chapters' worth of space. The rest is endless meandering down side alleys away from the main road of the theme. I found these meanderings to be pretentious waffle, delivered in a didactic style (the author assumed we didn't know anything about conspiracy theories, Jungian psychology, Dr Who, Dadaism and so on, almost ad infinitum), as if the author was trying to extend a fairly thin narrative with enormous wads of padding in order to reach book length. I am a massive fan of Ben Goldacre, who writes with integrity and is impeccable with his sources, and so I can't understand why he would endorse this twaddle. In addition, Higgs is not a good writer - there are grammatical and stylistic blunders, enough to be annoying. In addition, the content and its organisation needed a good firm hand from a decent editor. I managed to get to the end but it was not worth the effort.
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An utter joy from start to finish. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Whether you have heard of the KLF or not pick this book up and have your world view challenged.
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You don't have to have much interest in the KLF to find this book a soaring, effervescent delight. It's illuminating and playful and quite inspiring in ways I find hard to explain. I read it during the first week/s of Trumps so called presidency and found it helpful. That gives you some idea how good it is.
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Why did two blokes burn a million quid rather than donate it to charity or do something equally as noble with it?

Because burning it was magic and gave us the 21st century.
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Don't expect a straight forward klf bio, as the title suggests the klf are really the third in the lists the author wants to write about. It is a good read, although is a bit too clever for its own good!
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Well, this was fun: how the money died to cleanse the world of its sins. The detail of both the KLF and the philosophies that may (or may not) have motivated and inspired them is both illuminating (ha!) and very entertaining.
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Loved this book. Less about the KLF, more about magic in the real world.
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