New book about The KLF (and their Doctor Who connections)

NewImageKLF: Chaos Magic Music Money is a new eBook charting the strange journey of prankster musicians/artists Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty at the birth of acid house. The KLF (aka The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu aka The Timelords) emerged from a similar countercultural milieu of high weirdness that inspired bOING bOING, from Robert Anton Wilson and Discordianism to Dada, punk, and Alan Moore. Of course, The KLF are best known for either burning one million British pounds for a music video or their 1988 melding of Gary Glitter's "Rock And Roll (Part Two)" with the Doctor Who theme. Drummond and Cauty's connections to Doctor Who run much deeper than that though. Over at the Daily Grail, Greg Taylor explores the KLF/Doctor Who synchronicities in his article, "The Regeneration of Doctor Who."



  1. Fantastic stuff. I am a big fan of the KLF/JAMMS/etc etc. Heroes. What I love about them was that they never took it seriously, except when they did, but even then they weren’t, except they were really, but said they weren’t. Very British.
    That tune also has a big chunk of ‘Blockbuster’ by The Sweet. Also that video cost about GBP4000, 3000 of which was the helicopter hire.

    1. Big fan as well! 

      They may have burnt all their money and back catalogue, but their manual “how to get a nr 1 hit the easy way” (or something like that) shines until eternity on my (digital) bookshelf! A bit outdated but highly recommended for anyone who wants to make it big in music…

  2. In the US, I’d definitely say: best known for “3AM Eternal” and the song with Tammy Wynette (“Justified and Ancient”).

    (Apropos of nothing: the Wynette tune is on iTunes, but mislabelled as “Stand By Jams” on The White Room.)

  3. You know, I would totally buy this book if it weren’t Kindled. Seriously, after the way Kindle has f’ed up in the past, why does anyone still trust them?

      1.  No offense to you at all, John. Thank you for putting together this book. I’m sure it’s great and I’ll definitely be picking up a copy.

  4. The KLF were always interesting for their stance on copyright (‘Kopyright Liberation Front’) too. Maybe one of the few big, sample-based chart acts as comfortable with being stolen from as they were stealing from others. Bill Drummond is also a legend in his own right, and has worked on some really fascinating books/art/projects since the KLF were put on hold.

      1. They have cheated that contract many a time, if I’m not mistaken. If you count K Foundation, Blacksmoke, and One World Orchestra, that is.
         ‘m very curious what the end of the contract will bring…

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