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The KLF

Chaos, Magic and the Band Who Burned a Million Pounds
Narrated by: John Higgs
Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (108 ratings)

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Summary

The strange tale of the death, life and legacy of the hugely successful band.

They were the best-selling singles band in the world. They had awards, credibility, commercial success and creative freedom. Then they deleted their records, erased themselves from musical history and burnt their last million pounds in a boathouse on the Isle of Jura. And they couldn't say why.

This is not just the story of The KLF. It is a book about Carl Jung, Alan Moore, Robert Anton Wilson, Ken Campbell, Dada, Situationism, Discordianism, magic, chaos, punk, rave, the alchemical symbolism of Doctor Who and the special power of the number 23.

Wildly unauthorised and unlike any other music biography, The KLF is a trawl through chaos on the trail of a beautiful, accidental mythology.

Read by John Higgs.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2018 John Higgs (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group Limited

Critic reviews

"By far the best book this year, brilliant, discursive and wise." (Ben Goldacre)

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This book Is worth listening to several times

This book is about so much more than the klf band. I have recommended it to everyone I know. I can also recommended John Higgs other books.

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Fascinating

Very interesting, totally gripping. Loved this. Thought provoking and appealing narrative of KLF. If this is your bag, I would recommend.

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Magical<br />

The story reminded me to try finding out if I could still do something impossible!

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Amazing Book - Worth Your Time

Really enjoyed this. More than a KLF biography - it really takes the "bigger picture" approach. Totally worth your time if you are into Chaos Magick. Discordianism or such topics.

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Khaos ahoy....................

I dont really do reviews ... But it must said its just a great listen and Its such an interesting story

Ive alway liked the music but there is so much more to the band which include such a diverse influences- Giant invisible rabbit spirits The Wicker Man, ABBA, Tammy Wynette, Doctor Who, 23, Extreme noise terror,Alan Moore and "Ideaspace",
Generation X, Robert Anton Wilson and much more
Absolutely fantastic...........

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Very odd

Not sure what this was about sometimes it was oddly brillient but mostly i didnt have a clue what was going on !

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Wow, a book for our times!

I loved this book, it inspired me and made me want to explore it's ideas further. Worth it for the last chapter alone!

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Fascinating and intellectually challenging

Basically a discursive piece on various philosophies and the meaning of art told through the story of the KLF and their other guises. Fascinating, thought-provoking but written in a dense, intellectual way that made it which made it hard going at times.

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Great story, disappointing narration

The author is a really good writer and I’ve enjoyed many of his books. However, his choice to narrate his own book would have been better left to an expert. His voice doesn’t do justice to the wit of his prose, perhaps because he’s having to work too hard at the text, and his verbal tick of emphasising every other word, Brian Cox style, is distracting. Nonetheless, the KLF are an engima that the author has thrown fascinating light on and he takes the reader on an engaging and thoughtful journey.

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95% absolute waffle, 5% interesting biography

There's a good KLF story out there. This is not it, unfortunately. Far too much filler.