Turn up the Strobe: The KLF, The JAMS, The Timelords: A History

Turn up the Strobe: The KLF, The JAMS, The Timelords: A History

by Ian Shirley


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During a 10-year period bridging the 1980s and 1990s, Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty created pop masterpieces at a prodigious pace, leaving behind a body of work unlike anything created before or since. From international hit singles and legal wrangles with ABBA to mysterious rituals conducted on far-flung corners of the British Isles and abandoned road movies, the duo questioned, accused and entertained in equal measure.Turn Up the Strobe tells the story of two of the 20th century’s most vital artists, and those who understood them. A story of success, fear, ego, power, graffiti, house music, independence, control, disaster, the Roland TR-808, love, sheep, marketing, God, death, 12” vinyl records, escape, freedom, populism, a Ford Galaxie and the money and fame all of these things attract. Ian Shirley respectfully charts the journey from youthful adventures in pop music and elsewhere towards the Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu, The Timelords and the chart-topping monster The KLF became. Drummond and Cauty have recently announced a resumption in activity planned for August 2017, and continue to be actively involved in engaging work today. The duo’s fanbase remains as strong as their mystique.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781909454637
Publisher: Cherry Red Books
Publication date: 11/01/2017
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ian Shirley is the editor of Record Collector’s Rare Record Price Guide and also runs the magazine’s vinyl reissue label. His previous books include Dark Entries: Bauhaus and Beyond and Never Known Questions: Five Decades of The Residents.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Opening Scene: Can You Hear It In A Song? 13

Zoo Days 15

The Whippets From Nowhere 39

It Could Have Been a Brilliant Career 53

All Yon Heed Is Love… and a Sampler 75

Doctorin' The Tardis 103

I Want To Leave This Body Behind 117

What Tine Is Love? 129

Back Side of the Moon 155

The White Room 175

Make Mine A 99 189

The Kings of Techno Metal 201

What The K Is Going On? 215

Coda - Build a Fire 223

Elvis On the Badio, Steel Guitar in My Soul 225

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