They have been the best-selling singles band on the earth. they'd awards, credibility, advertisement good fortune and artistic freedom.
They deleted their files, erased themselves from musical background and burnt their final million kilos in a boathouse at the Isle of Jura.
And they couldn’t say why.
This is the tale of The KLF, advised in the course of the principles that drove them. it's a tale approximately Carl Jung, Alan Moore, Robert Anton Wilson, Ken Campbell, Dada, Situationism, Discordianism, magic, chaos, punk, rave and the alchemical symbolism of medical professional Who.
Wildly unauthorised and absolutely in contrast to the other track biography, ‘KLF: Chaos Magic song funds’ is a trawl via chaos at the path of a pretty unintentional mythology.
"By some distance the simplest publication this 12 months, superb, discursive and wise." - Ben Goldacre
“Book of the Century. so much pop biographies are a lifeless patchwork of clippings - this can be anything else.” – Rob Manuel, B3ta
"Might good be the easiest song e-book of the 2010s... eccentric, extraordinary, complicated, hilarious and greater than a bit pretentious yet totally impossible to resist and absolutely brilliant." - The Quietus
“Contender for ebook of the year.” – Greg Taylor, day-by-day Grail
“This ebook is sort of a KLF song. It takes all types of junk and nonsense and smashes it jointly into whatever that not just is smart yet is weirdly beautiful.” – El Dink
“[Higgs] has channelled the spirit of Robert Anton Wilson within the kind of a rock biography and invented a brand new style alongside the way.” – CJ Stone, writer of ‘The Trials of Arthur’ and ‘Fierce Dancing’
“So solid it really made me suppose queasy.” - Magda Knight, Mookychick
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He simply considered it. good you'll, would not you? Gimpo drove them clear of the inn, down a coarse song and around the Scottish island. The evening was once pitch black. "This simply feels better", Drummond stated, "going out within the evening while it really is pissing down with rain. " a couple of minutes later they pulled up by means of a abandoned stone boathouse. Cauty had found it previous within the night while he and Drummond have been looking for the is still of a large wicker guy they'd burned 3 years past, in entrance of dozens of robed and hooded participants of the song press. They stepped out into the chilly. Gimpo left the automobile lighting fixtures on and so they illuminated the rain, the bracken and the boathouse. They took the suitcase out of the boot. They went inside of. The flame from a cigarette lighter printed tough stone partitions and an earth ground. Ropes hung from previous wood rafters. And on the some distance finish: a fire. The suitcase was once opened and its contents have been dumped onto the floor. The 4 males stared down on the heap of paper at their toes. It used to be 1000000 kilos. only a few humans get to work out 1000000 kilos sterling first hand. Even fewer get to offload it directly to a dust ground in a distant deserted construction in the course of the evening. these fifty pound bundles have been strength and capability in its purest shape. It used to be numerous acts of compassion and charity, or an entire life with out paintings. the volume was once hugely symbolic. It was once the quantity that's linked to luck; the amount of cash had to not just break out the rat-race, yet to win it. that money was once freedom, either bodily and symbolically. Cauty opened the 1st package and took out fifty pound notes. He passed one to Drummond and set hearth to either along with his lighter. regardless of the chilly and damp, the flame effortlessly ate throughout the paper. extra notes have been positioned within the fire and, over the process the following hours, the fuckers burned the lot. On their go back from the Isle of Jura, Drummond and Cauty came upon themselves at the beginning of the lengthy, demanding strategy of coming to phrases with what that they had simply performed. As Cauty instructed the BBC six months after the burning, "Every day you get up and imagine, 'Oh God – i have simply burned one million quid. ' not anyone thinks it was once solid. each person thinks that it is a entire waste of time. " the guts of the matter used to be that they didn't be aware of why that they had performed it. "I have no idea what it really is, what we did. a few days I do. Bits of it," Drummond acknowledged, "But i have by no means notion that it used to be incorrect. " Drummond and Cauty's lack of ability to justify or clarify their activities is among the so much interesting facets of what occurred on Jura. It echoes the fates of the founders of Dadaism, the small workforce of artists and radicals who opened the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich in the course of the 1st international conflict. The Cabaret in simple terms lasted for 6 months, and no recordings have been made from what occurred there, but these current spent the remainder of their lives attempting to come to phrases with what they'd performed. They by no means quite did. because the author Greil Marcus issues out, "This is the simplest facts - the only facts - that anything truly occurred in Zurich within the spring of 1916.