Bill Drummond: Justified and Ancient

As a teenager, I was a huge fan of the KLF. Like many, I was inspired just as much by their myth-making publicity stunts as their music (which, in retrospect, varied wildly in quality). For a short period of time I became obsessed by the antics of Bill Drummond & Jimmy Cauty, joined a KLF internet mailing list as a student, and even persuaded perfect strangers I was writing a (non-existent) collection of writing based on their myths/antics and that anyone could submit material (I should probably apologise for the latter – it seemed a good KLF style prank at the time). I eventually got over my obsession, but was still overjoyed when asked me to interview Bill Drummond in support of his autobiography of sorts, ‘45′. At the time it was a weird experience. Although it was a thrill questioning him, it was hard to get firm answers – Drummond seemed to shrug his shoulders at most hard questions and dodged most of the trickiest lines of interest. Still, I managed to get a readable Q&A out of it for Amazon. Amazingly, the interview is still online – if you look hard enough.

Except, of course, I’ve saved you the stress. Click here to read it >> It’s an interesting trip down memory lane – it was originally published in 1999.


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3 Responses

  1. I saw him and Jimmy Cauty tour the money-burning film not long after they’d done it, and it got quite a reaction from the very eclectic crowd in Liverpool I watched it with. Neither of them spoke though, because at this point I think they’d taken a vow of silence, and left the baying mob to argue amongst themselves- which they did with gusto.

    I’m eagerly awaiting the next part of the Bad Wisdom trilogy. Been re-reading The Wild Highway, which I’d dismissed as being cack at first, but the contradictions and lies make more sense second time round.

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