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A fun read...but also a bit cack
on 21 October 2015
What's great about this book is the way it manages to bring together loads of iconic stuff and mix it together into a narrative about the KLF duo's fairly zany antics. This is also it's weakness - it's not just a book that talks a lot about dance music and drugs, its also rather like listening to somebody coming down off ecstasy at 4am in the morning, thinking they're being incredibly profound but in actuality talking quite a lot of cobblers.
It sorta goes more up it's own backside as it goes on - you can almost picture the sun coming up as most people are stumbling off home whilst our narrator slowly loses it.
Higgs has this habit of just making up stuff because it fits what he wants to say. For example, he claims on the flimsiest basis possible that the early 90s were some kind of 'lost years' given over to nihilism that people have forgotten en masse. Really? They were pretty full on years for me and a whole host of friends & acquaintances. In terms of Higgs' subject of dance music, bands like Orbital, Aphex Twin and the Prodigy were getting going - weren't they kinda legendary or something? If anything, I'd say that period was characterised by a naive optimism - though of course it depended what circles you moved in - which is why making sweeping statements based on a book, a comedian, something else I've forgotten and some google search results is utterly asinine and there's simply no excuse for wasting ink on being so daft. This is one example of a number of occasions where Higgs seems to be just writing down random ideas that popped into his head and he he seems to assume must be true because he thought them.
The book has some great storytelling, but it's sort of a jolly romp and not to be taken at all seriously.