The Manual (How To Have A Number One The Easy Way)

"The Manual" (2nd Edition)

The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu reveal their zenarchistic method used in making the unthinkable happen.

“The Manual” got published following the success of “Doctorin’ The Tardis” by The Timelords. In their book, Drummond and Cauty lay out a detailed plan for how to have a novelty pop No. 1. starting from a position of no money and no talent. It also serves as an excellent guide to the music industry and the rules of pop, and as a description of the fun that the KLF had being the Timelords as well as various pieces about some of the KLF collaborators.

In 1999 a revised pocket-size edition got released by Ellipsis (ISBN 189985865-2) featuring a new preface/postface by Bill Drummond.

Is it worth getting?

While some of its contents and references are slightly outdated now, “The Manual” remains an essential read on KLF history, be it for a glimpse behind the scenes of the creation of “Doctorin’ The Tardis” or simply for your own amusement. Should you decide to follow its rules and attempt to write your very own Number One hit single do not hestitate to let us know.

5 Replies to “The Manual (How To Have A Number One The Easy Way)”

  1. Where can I find this book to purchase? Please please please let me know. I see Amazon has this book but for upwards of $128.00. Is this the only option?

    Thank you ,
    Miami, FL

    1. Hi Rachael

      The Manual is out of print so I fear eBay is the only place it might pop up more or less regularly, and while that’s not an usual asking price for the original 1988 edition $128 is clearly too much for the reissue, though.

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