The KLF (also known as The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, The Timelords and other names) were one of the seminal bands of the British acid house movement during the late 1980s and early 1990s... On 14 May 1992, the KLF announced their immediate retirement from the music industry and the deletion of their back catalogue. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_KLF
Very few people get to see a million pounds sterling first hand. Even fewer get to dump it on to a dirt floor in a remote abandoned building in the middle of the night.
Cauty opened the first bundle and took out two fifty pound notes. He handed one to Drummond and set fire to both with his lighter. Despite the cold and damp, the flame readily ate through the paper.
The heart of the problem was that they did not know why they had done it. "I don't know what it is, what we did. Some days I do. Bits of it," Drummond said, "But I've never thought that it was wrong."
It echoes the fates of the founders of Dadaism (DaDa), the small group of artists and radicals who opened the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich in the midst of the First World War. The Cabaret only lasted for six months, and no recordings were made of what happened there, yet those present spent the rest of their lives trying to come to terms with what they had done.
Perhaps if they showed the film and asked for help, someone might be able to explain to them what they had done?
The consensus was this: Drummond and Cauty are a pair of attention seeking arseholes.
a long-time friend and associate of the KLF told him that they knew the burning was real "because afterwards, Jimmy and Bill looked so harrowed and haunted. And to be honest, they've never really been the same since."
December 1995 I was fortunate enough to spend an evening with the American author Robert Anton Wilson. At the time I was researching a book about Tim Leary, and Leary was a good friend and a major influence on Wilson.
"I've never heard of them," he told me.
The Situationists were a small but influential group of avant-garde thinkers from the 1950s who thought that culture was forced upon us, and that we needed to take control of it.
the Ebbinghaus curve of forgetting.
Punk Rock had arrived in Liverpool. It was the sudden return of all the feelings and emotions that hippy culture had tried to repress, a reawakening of all the disrespect and raw frustration that the peace and love generation believed they were above.
In the mid-1960s a photocopier was state of the art technology,
*Lane Caplinger, a secretary for New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison. *
the book that Caplinger and her friend Greg Hill were producing in his office. This book was the original version of what would become known as the Principia Discordia,
*Discordian-ism is, at its heart, wilfully contradictory. *
Catmas are similar to dogmas, but they are considerably less rigid.
Discordians are forbidden from eating hot dog buns. There is a 'reason' for this catma. It
Discordians then wrote essays and letters under these aliases, only to then follow them with completely contradictory essays and letters under a different alias. Gradually this process spread and, by the time it reached its height in the late Sixties and early Seventies, it had become known as Operation Mindfuck.
O'Hallighan told him that he was planning to open what he called the 'Liverpool School of Language, Music, Dream and Pun'.
The editors of the Playboy 'forum' letters pages during the mid-to-late Sixties were Robert Anton Wilson and Bob Shea.
They soon became committed Discordians themselves,
the Playboy forum took on, under these two editors, a decidedly weird turn.
Context is important here. Those letters appeared considerably more surreal simply because they were part of the Playboy letters page.
To Wilson and Shea, as they waded through all the different accusations, it started to look like everyone had killed Kennedy.
what if every conspiracy was true? From all this came the idea for the trilogy of novels that they wrote together between 1969 and 1971, the award winning Illuminatus Trilogy,...
Illuminatus! made him simultaneously wiser and more baffled.
Campbell decided to turn the entire trilogy into a cycle of five plays, lasting a total of eight and a half hours.
Bill Nighy, for example, was flat-sitting in London when he came across a copy of Illuminatus!
Other cast members included David Rappaport, Jim Broadbent and Prunella Gee,
now featured a pre-recorded prologue performed by John Gielgud, who played a computer called the First Universal Cybernetic Kinetic Ultramicro Programmer, or FUCKUP
Campbell had shown Drummond that the impossible was only impossible if you did not stand up and do it.
JFK's murder had another dimension above and beyond the loss of one man's life. His murder hit people on a symbolic level.
Thornley had enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1959, after graduating from High School with Greg Hill, and had met and became close with Lee Harvey Oswald.
The problem was that Thornley had not known that Oswald was in New Orleans.
For Garrison, however, there was the slow realisation that much of the information he was working with was contradictory.
Garrison uncovered a lot more information than the Warren Commission had, but this created less clarity, not more.
the law of truly large numbers.
*it does not differentiate between irrelevant coincidence (Serendipity?) and strange events that seem to possess their own innate meaning. More specifically, there can often appear to be a distinct sense of humour at work, behind the onslaught of coincidence, that mathematics isn't a suitable tool to appreciate. *
"If you do this type of thing well enough, it starts to work. I started out with the idea that all gods are an illusion. By the end I had learnt that it is up to you to decide whether gods exist,
His idea was to arrange for the Bunnymen to play a gig in Iceland at exactly the same time as the Teardrops played in Papua New Guinea. He would remain in Liverpool and, at the correct time, he would go and stand on the manhole cover.
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