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The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds

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narrazione che si fa realtà e nella confusione rivela verità che raramente siamo disposti ad accettare. I don't know who the hell Ben Goldacre is, but, quote attributed to him on the cover has to be a joke.

What can be achieved when no great financial rewards or long term career prospects allowing for creative freedom can be hoped for, let alone guaranteed? Requesting it, I had no idea that the author was also responsible for a Timothy Leary biography I very much enjoyed, but this is on a different level. You only have to make the smart move, find the right key, make the right contact, be discovered for what you are.

So I was expecting an interesting and discursive account of a period I half-remember from my teenage years. There will also be a recreation room with a television, pool table and computer games to keep musicians amused whilst the traditional producer casts his spells without being hindered by the traditional musicians’ paranoid presence. Either way, this is one music biography you do not want to miss as it will have you questioning your own self-evident truths. One thing is for certain - Higgs' book will give you more insight into the mysterious entity that is the K-Foundation than you could ever have asked for.

Ben Goldacre is, of course, the author of Bad Pharma, which I also read and loved and 2012 was a good vintage for books, so that made it two solid recommendations. The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu reveal their zenarchistic method used in making the unthinkable happen.

Higgs's general argument is that the particular kind of marshalled randomness that the KLF exemplified was a 90s British incarnation of something that can be directly traced back to 60s-era American conspiracy theories, via Jim Garrison, the satirical religion of Discordianism, Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminatus!

Those nights when I was unlucky enough to be semi-unconscious on a couch while an inebriated loser has been spouting cod philosophy inspired by the latest science class he’s taking and mixing it with the little philosophy he thinks he knows, more often than not for the benefit of some girl who decided an hour ago to give him the benefit of the doubt and is patiently waiting for him to be done talking and solicit her preference of his room or hers. The other side of the same coin is that it is because of the down trodden and working class background that the smart middle class machine was able to unwittingly, maybe, but ruthlessly all the same exploit these raw and gullible talents to the full. There are hundreds of recording studios scattered across the country, from the north of Scotland to deepest Cornwall. With each new generation in pop music there comes along some sort of revolution where supposedly the kids are able to get up and do it for themselves: skiffle bands, protest singers, beat groups, punk rockers, U2 and Casio kids.

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". This book told me more about society and the world than any book about economics or philosophy ever has. He will be checking your wrist veins to sink his syringe in and all the time he will be telling you about the Genesis CD he has just bought or how you would never guess it, but he used to be a punk and stills treasures his copy of “Neat Neat Neat” by the Damned.

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