How To Be Free

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Modern life is absurd. How can we be free?

If you’ve ever wondered why you bother to go to work, or why so much consumer culture is crap, then this book is for you. Looking to history, literature and philosophy for inspiration, Tom Hodgkinson provides a joyful blueprint for a simpler and freer way of life. Filled with practical tips as well as inspiring reflections, here you can learn how to throw off the shackles of anxiety, bureaucracy, debt, governments, housework, supermarkets, waste and much else besides.

Are you ready to be free? Read this book and find out.

Is it worth getting?

There is only a brief mention of The KLF on a single page but it’s a rather interesting one of Bill Drummond explaining the thinking behind their song “3 a.m. Eternal”. Unless you are interested in the overall topic of Hodgkinson’s book it might be hard to justify picking up a new copy for one single paragraph, though.

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 all fell apart.

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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. Bill Drummond was a pop star in Teardrop Explodes before founding the KLF and later the K Foundation. Mark Manning was a founder of Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction.

The Wild Highway

“The Wild Highway” is the sequel to “Bad Wisdom” and the second book in the projected “Travel Books From Hell” trilogy.

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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 jungle hell on the verge of bloody civil war, where they travelled up-river in search of the ghost of Conrad’s Kurtz. With trusty adjutant Gimpo, they underwent all manner of adventures and ordeals before finally fleeing the country the very day before rebels blew up the only international airstrip.

“Wild Highway” is the document of that trip, part 2 of the duo’s projected trilogy of “travel books from Hell”. By turns hilarious and horrifying, it will cement the reputation of Drummond and Manning not only as cutting-edge writers, but as two of the most dangerous and subversive “pranksters” of the fledgeling 21st century.

Disco 2000: Nineteen New Stories From The Last Hours Of 1999

Features Bill Drummond’s short story “Let’s Grind (or How K2 Plant Hire Ltd Went To Work)”.

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The party starts here… with a cast of crazy scientists, nomadic DJs, fetish queens, conspiracy theorists, killer ants, graffiti artists, gangsters, convicts, cult leaders, Netheads, repilcants, religious maniacs and ball room dancers.

Is it worth getting?

“Let’s Grind…” has also been included in “45”. If you are slightly interested in Bill’s short stories chances are you already own that anyway, so there really is no need to pick up “Disco 2000” separately.

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 a complete autobiography of Bill, he also talks about some of their KLF exploits, most notable the recording of ‘Justified And Ancient’ and the (short) history of 2K.

“45” contains the following stories:

  • The Winner Takes It All
  • The Urge To Paint (or Have I Got The Strength To ‘Just Say No’?)
  • Mick Phoned
  • Sleeve Note
  • Take Three Bullets
  • Cocaine Dealers And American Girls
  • On Paper
  • From The Shores Of Lake Placid
  • It’s Shit
  • Chunky Thighs
  • A Smell Of Money Under Ground
  • Let’s Grind (or How K2 Plant Hire Went To Work)
  • One Idea
  • The Number Fourteen
  • A Cure For Nationalism
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Boxing Day
  • William Butterworth Revealed
  • Death By Deed Pool
  • Ba Ba Gaa
  • Gimpo’s 25
  • They Called Me Up In Tennessee
  • In Praise Of Council Homes
  • For
  • Making Soup
  • The Autograph Hunted
  • Robbie Joins The Jams
  • Bill Drummond Is Dead
  • Towers, Tunnels And Elderflower Wine
  • Gimpo And Me And The Fabian Society
  • My Modern Life
  • Art Terrorist Incident At Luton Airport
  • My P45
  • Great Expectations
  • Acknowledge
  • Trashed
  • Wheelchairs
  • Now That’s What I Call Disillusionment, 1
  • Now That’s What I Call Disillusionment, 2
  • Where’s Bill?

A second edition of “45” got released in 2001 featuring three additional closing chapters:

  • Forwards To The Foreword
  • Introduction (by Neal Brown)
  • Backwards From The Foreword

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In 1986 I recorded a long-playing record entitled ‘The Man’. It was released by Creation Records. It was a very personal record. All the songs dealt with my life and my emotions at that point in time. I was 33⅓ years old. Time for a revolution, I thought. I was leaving pop music behind to start writing books. I promised myself I would not have any further involvement with music until I reached the age of 45, when I would make one single 45 rpm seven-inch record.

My promise was never kept. Like that dog, I returned. As I entered my 45th year, I decided to write a book that contained snapshots of the world from where I was standing. The stories span a period from early in my 45th year to well into being 45. I will read them again if I get to the age of 78.

If this books gets written, this page may act as an introduction.

(Bill Drummond)

Is it worth getting?

Even if you are just interested in the KLF related chapters this book is well worth a read for these alone. The whole book is pretty entertaining, though, so we can only recommend this as an essential read.