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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
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Publisher's 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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Waste of time. Absolute drivel

Wanted to know more about the group but learned more about magic, discordianism and stupid pop psychology. Could not finish it

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A supermodel of a tale.

This was definitely needed: a tying up of all these threads through their culmination and combination in the guise of the KLF. Wonderfully researched, written and read. Thank you Mr. Higgs.

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  • Michelle S.
  • 09-04-2018

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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  • Sazzle1007
  • 15-03-2018

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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  • P B HULL
  • 27-08-2019

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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  • Neil Spencer Bruce
  • 01-08-2019

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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  • John
  • 25-10-2018

Magical

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

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  • Tommie Kelly
  • 16-10-2018

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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  • roger anderson
  • 22-09-2018

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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  • sam
  • 27-07-2020

Self indulgent load of nonsense

The author clearly loves the sound of his own voice. Nothing makes sense, the story and characters are all over the place

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  • MR
  • 22-06-2020

A brilliant account of the fantastic KLF

John Higgs reads as good as he writes. Very insightful, informative and as far as the KLF are concerned, just bloody brilliant.

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  • Laura
  • 21-04-2020

Amazing book

John Higgs is a great writer and thinker (and narrator). This book is one of the best I've ever read, jumping excitedly between connections and synchronicities with the thread of a really good biography. Inspiring stuff.