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on 2 September 2017
Be warned; if you're looking for a straightforward account of the history of The KLF, this is not the book for you. Higgs shoots off on whatever tangent catches his fancy to try and put this unique group in context. Personally, there's only so much I can read on Situationism, Operation Mindfuck and MindSpace before my eyes start to glaze over. The upside is that the parts covering the band itself, namely Drummond and Cauty, are absolutely fascinating. Some of their antics are so utterly bizarre, and crazy, it's amazing they weren't locked up long ago. If you're in the mood for something a bit different, give this book a go, it's well worth your time.
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on 11 October 2017
Whilst it does cover a lot about the money burning it goes off into very different subject matter and all in all was a bit disappointing.
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on 14 August 2017
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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on 13 September 2017
A gripping and fascinating look at a very intriguing and enigmatic band/art group. I loved the proposed explanation for the KLF's burning of a million pounds.
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on 24 March 2017
Loved this book. Less about the KLF, more about magic in the real world.
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on 12 September 2017
Charged with Magical Intent a coherent incoherence to inspire evolve and exchange. Potlatch Chaos Magick Action Inaction Anti-ursary together tether
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on 18 June 2017
A bizarre but fascinating read. Recommended.
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on 29 January 2017
I've get it, this book is a Dadaist's joke? The notion of publishing a work solely as a commercial enterprise (in this supply and demand economy) which creates wealth for the publishing business and the author has here been ridiculed and hijacked. This so, because this apparent decent tomb supplied to meet the sincere demand from die-hard fans with a keen interest in the mystery of The KLF for anything on the band is actually perhaps the single most poorly written and most unsatisfactory read in the entire history of the printed word. It's a clever clever ruse for sure, a Discordianist's culture-jamming dream? Ever had the feeling you've been conned?? That is literally the only sense you can make out of this truly mind-blowingly awful attempt at a producing a readable piece of extended prose.

Higg's worst (but in no way only) failing is that he is consistently and unquestionably off-topic - for around 75% of the time. And for a further 10% of the time he's just repeating himself or waffling in a very round about way about stuff he's been talking about in the previous 2 chapters! It's truely mind-numbing. You will read (if you make the mistake of buying this book) more about Jung, Dadasim, Discordianism, Eris, Situationists, 'self-fulfilling reality tunnels' (wtf?) than The KLF and certainly more about Dr Who than Cauty who barely gets a mention as an individual. That's probably because almost every bit of detail is taken directly from Drummond's own publications whereas Cauty is unpublished. So there is absolutely NOTHING new on the band here at all, I learned nothing not already known from just generally reading around on the band/individuals and looking them up on youtube. If you think reading that Drummond pre-KLF released a solo album which had a song on it about Julian Cope is a revelation then...where have you been - surely we all know that already don't we?! Actually there is so much you pick up from interviews etc over the years which is NOT in this book it makes me think Higgs indeed wrote this as a commission or just saw a guaranteed market for a band he'd heard of with fans who will just about buy anything with KLF scrawled on the front. I can't imagine his research went past Google. He does no interviews, visits nowhere, doesn't even speak to Gimpo. Gimpo is the stargate to the KLF we all know that.

But do be aware if you are interested in the background '-ism' side issues (which should have been covered in 1 or 2 chapters maximum) be warned nothing is examined in depth, you will learn nothing of what inspired their work (Elvis isn't mentioned once, so did he read Bad Wisdom?) it's all surface waffle. In fact the whole book is pure waffle. It's like something splurged onto the page by a 17 year old school kid who's been asked to write an essay on his favorite topic - and he's written it the night before submission date while half drunk/drugged or whatever it is these days 17 year olds do. If you want to educate yourself on Dadaism get a book on it or look at wikipedia. There is certainly no mystery in this book, none at all, and that's because Higgs is utterly unable to see any in the work of the KLF. He portrays everything as a mere nod to the work of Wilson and Shea but at the same time freely admits Drummond and Cauty never read the Illuminatus Trilogy while in the band and have no interest in the conspiracy concepts central to the story!? He also dismisses Chill Out as a footnote, A footnote! His attempt at explaining or even bringing to life Rave culture is simply 'Rave happened'. Then he's off for 2 pages waffling about Robert Plant and how late JAM's records were...dance. That's all you'll get on the topic of Rave, the defining moment of electronic music - bar Kraftwerk buying their first synth.
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on 7 December 2012
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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on 16 August 2014
If you drew a map of this book, you would have a very weird map. Such a map is well suited to the task of navigating the strange waters of the KLF. Higgs' book drags an arcane mix of references into his mix -- Robert Anton Wilson and his Illuminatus, the assassination of JFK, Julian Cope, daemonic rabbits, Alan Moore. This book is not a musical biography of KLF, JAMs and K Foundation. It focuses on the burning of a million quid. Higgs doesn't try to explain why the band would do such a thing, but -- ingeniously, I think -- shows how such an action resists precise definition, and definitive meaning. The book is a wild ride -- charming, crazy, brilliant, a bit like the KLF.
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