Bad Wisdom is the first book in the projected “Travel Books From Hell” trilogy by Bill Drummond and Mark Manning, retelling their journey to take a picture of Elvis Presley to the North Pole to achieve world peace. Realizing it’s not possible to reach their destination from continental Europe they manage to conclude their journey when meeting the keeper of the (titular) most northerly lighthouse in the world.
According to Bill the book evolved out of an ever growing number of letters Manning and him were sending each other ‘at a furious rate’.
Like the Bible Of Dreams before it, Bad Wisdom was originally meant to be yet another Curfew Tower exclusive before British publishing house Pengiun Books picked it up.
Creation Books, who also published the second book The Wild Highway, reissued Bad Wisdom in 2003.
Even though the book is not primarily about the KLF, Drummond does write in detail about some aspects of the band, such as how it all fell apart in 1992.
Back Cover Blurb
This is the story of a journey made by Drummond and Manning to the North Pole. Disorientated and disillusioned, they set out in the winter of 1992 to sacrifice an icon of Elvis Presley at the top of the world. Exhausted by the young man’s religion of rock and roll, they hope to lay to rest its pagan spirit and carry its blaze forward into eternity. The two accounts of the journey written independently of each other, clash and mesh as the authors try to make sense of their bizarre adventures.