Books by Bill Drummond

Written or co-written by Bill.

A Bible Of Dreams

A Bible Of Dreams

"A Bible Of Dreams" is a book of images by Mark Manning, largely photomontages, with text by Bill Drummond. It is described as “a visual poem composed by MS Manning”, with Drummond giving “a personal interpretation of the poem” in a commentary, along with a biographical background piece. The colour ...
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Publisher:
The Curfew Press
Date:
1994
Bad Wisdom: The Lighthouse At The Top Of The World

Bad Wisdom: The Lighthouse At The Top Of The World

"Bad Wisdom" is the first book in the projected "Travel Books From Hell" trilogy. Reissued 2003 on Creation Books who also published "The Wild Highway". 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 ...
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Publisher:
Penguin Books
Date:
1996
Cover of Bill Drummond's "From The Shores Of Lake Placid"

From The Shores Of Lake Placid (And Other Stories)

This book is one of an edition of five hundred published specifically for those attending the exhibition Glitter at the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool. "Shores" was the first book published by Penkiln Burn in 1998 and features the following stories: Mick Phoned Sleeve Note Take Three Bullets Cocaine Dealers & American ...
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Publisher:
Penkiln Burn
Date:
1998
Cover of Bill Drummond's "Annual Report"

Annual Report To The Mavericks, Writers And Film Festival

This book is one of an edition of five hundred published specifically for those attending the 1998 Mavericks Writers & Film Festival. Second book published by Penkiln Burn in 1998 featuring the following stories. The Invitation A Show Of Hands Kali v Ted Breakfast With The Unabomber (or How My ...
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Publisher:
Penkiln Burn
Date:
1998
Cover of Bill Drummond's "45" (1st Edition)

45

"45" compiles some of Bill's short stories previously released in From The Shores Of Lake Placid and adds a wide range of new ones as well. Although being an episodic autobiography of Bill first and foremost, he also talks about some of their KLF exploits, most notable the recording of ...
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Publisher:
Penkiln Burn / Little, Brown And Company (UK)
Date:
2000
"Twenty Thousand" by Bill Drummond

Twenty Thousand

This book is an edition of one, printed over three volumes. In contains enough space to invite everyone who has purchased a 1/20,000 fraction of Smell Of Sulphur In The Wind to sign their name, put their email address and add the coordinates of their purchase. Bill Drummond updates the ...
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Publisher:
Penkiln Burn
Date:
2002
Is God A Cunt?

Is God A Cunt?

Seventh book published by Penkiln Burn. This book is an edition of one, printed over six volumes. Each of the volumes exists for people to express their response to the question posed in the title. These books have only been made available to the general public on a few occasions ...
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Publisher:
Penkiln Burn
Date:
2002
How To Be An Artist

How To Be An Artist

Back Cover Blurb Don't be fooled by the title of this book. There is nothing between its covers that can, in any way, be construed as a step-by-step guide to being an artist of any kind. In fact the title was an afterthought, a mere whim. Meant to be a ...
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Publisher:
Penkiln Burn
Date:
2002
The Wild Highway

The Wild Highway

"The Wild Highway" is the sequel to "Bad Wisdom" and the second book in the projected "Travel Books From Hell" trilogy. Back Cover Blurb Bill Drummond and Mark Manning's first trip together, to the North Pole, resulted in the classic book "Bad Wisdom". Their second trip was to Zaire, a ...
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Publisher:
Creation Books
Date:
2005
Scores 18 - 76

Scores 18 – 76

This small book contains 57 Scores, to be performed by The17. These Scores were daydreamed, made up and composed by pupils from seven school [sic] in the North East of England in May 2006. They were written by pupils in response to working with Bill Drummond. The text in the ...
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Publisher:
Penkiln Burn
Date:
2006
17

17

Back Cover Blurb THIS BOOK IS ABOUT Music, uncertainty, sitting on a ledge, night trains across Russia, Bill Drummond, drunken mercenaries on the North Sea, starting over again, a classroom of 13-year-olds, getting everything done before death, art, a river full of headless eels, girl pop, waking up to find ...
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Publisher:
Penkiln Burn / Beautiful Books
Date:
2008-07
$20,000

$20,000

"$20,000" is the second, updated edition of How To Be An Artist. Back Cover Blurb THIS BOOK IS ABOUT: Uncertainty, Motorways, Money, Meeting Strangers, Missing The Point, A Drive Up Britain, A Walk Across Iceland, Bill Drummond, Sitting In Cafes, Staring Out Of Windows, The Unknown, Finding Out, Confusion, Music, ...
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Publisher:
Penkiln Burn
Date:
2010
"Ragworts" by Bill Drummond

Ragworts

This book was printed in an edition of 1,000 copies to coincide with the first Ragworts Week which was celebrated in Sheffield between 30 April and 6 May 2012. 100 copies of the book are allocated for sale each Ragworts Week until all books are sold. Back Cover Blurb This ...
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Publisher:
Penkiln Burn
Date:
2012
Front cover of Bill Drummond's "100"

100

Back Cover Blurb In interviews it seemed as if I was always being asked a variant of the same four questions. Thus had my polished stock answers to give. I always had a pretty clear idea how these interviews would end up once they were published. The first half of ...
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Publisher:
Penkiln Burn
Date:
2012-04-16
Man Shines Shoes

Man Shines Shoes

"Man Shines Shoes" is the 16th book published by Penkiln Burn. It was first released as paper back edition of 40 copies, specifically published for those having their shoes polished by Bill Drummond in Sherwood Forest on 3 October 2011. A second hardcover edition of 1,000 copies got published in ...
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Publisher:
Penkiln Burn
Date:
2013
Man Makes Bed

Man Makes Bed

"Man Makes Bed" is the 15th book published by Penkiln Burn. Originally released as a softcover edition of 40 copies for those attending Witte de With Straat Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands, a hardcover edition of 1,000 copies was published in 2014, including a Chinese translation by Zhang Rui and Hou Junmou ...
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Publisher:
Penkiln Burn
Date:
2014
The 25 Paintings (Birmingham, England 2014)

The 25 Paintings (Birmingham, England 2014)

The 25 Paintings compiles most of the past Penkiln Burn posters and photographs from the now-defunct PB website into a comprehensive archive of Bill Drummond's work during the last 25 years. Published in a hard back edition of 1,000 to coincide with The 25 Paintings exhibition at Eastside Projects, Birmingham, ...
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Publisher:
Penkiln Burn
Date:
2014
Cairnsmore Of Fleet

Cairnsmore Of Fleet

This book was written in late September 2015. It was to be published in an edition of 100 copies. These copies were to be left on top of the mountain Cairnsmore of Fleet in Galloway in the Spring of 2016. Due to family commitments this will/did not happen. It may ...
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Publisher:
Penkiln Burn
Date:
2015
Bill Drummond: Lecture At Spoiler, Vienna 2002

Bill Drummond: Lecture At Spoiler, Vienna 2002

When it comes to pop music, conceptual art, audacious positioning, and fierce artistic independence, there is simply no way around Bill Drummond. The KLF, The Timelords, The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu (J.A.M.S.), The K Foundation, The 2K, K2 Plant Hire Ltd. - these were all projects that aimed to ...
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Publisher:
Der Konterfei
Date:
2015-04-13
Cover of Bill Drummond's "Missionary Or Cannibal?"

Missionary Or Cannibal?

Bill Drummond's visit to Sydney in June 2015 was a detour on the Twelve Steps to 2025. This book is a rambling, discursive account of his visit, among many other things. Limited edition of 200 copies according to the book's liner notes, though rumors say only 100 copies got actually ...
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Publisher:
Penkiln Burn / Blurb Incorporated
Date:
2015-08-07