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.

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

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

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  • Michelle S.
  • 04-09-18

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
  • 03-15-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-27-19

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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  • John
  • 10-25-18

Magical<br />

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

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  • Tommie Kelly
  • 10-16-18

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
  • 09-22-18

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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  • Rags
  • 03-28-20

This is radio freedom

Music, magic and mu mu. (And counterculture, confusion, chaos, synchronicity, rabbits, the number 23 and Discordianism.)

But then again. Everything might nonsensical and meaningless... Think for yourself.

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  • M. Harris
  • 02-09-20

Not much about the KLF

Wonders into far fetched nonsense. Not well read either. Wouldn’t recommend to KLF fans who want to know about the band


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  • Tantrwm
  • 10-31-19

more than I bargained for

I will not give it away but this book is more about society and money rather than the KLF

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  • Neil Spencer Bruce
  • 08-01-19

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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  • Gordana Todorovic
  • 02-08-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-30-18

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.