Bad Wisdom- Library of Mu
- Library of Mu record:
- Title: Bad Wisdom
- Date: 09 November, 1996
- Journal: NME
- Author: Gavin Martin
- Type of resource: Reviews
- Status: text
- No. views: 1782
- Description: sums it up well, mainly giving the background to saving the world … "the troubled, explosive festering imaginations of the two authors" … "a Boy's Own adventure to end them all"
By Gavin Martin (09 November, 1996, NME)
Shattered refugees from the world of rock fame and peripheral metal mayhem,
Manning and Drummond courted breakdown and depression before setting out on the
trail of Bad Wisdom.
It was 1992, and time to shape up - Drummond had discarded The KLF and,
along with fellow Elvis acolyte Manning, set out to save the world.
But how were they to save a planet in the thrall of techno pervs and
cyber Nazis, its major continents mutating under nationalist bigotry and social
implosion? How about placing an image of the source of all 20th Century
freedom and Dionysian ecstacy - Elvis Presley - at the North Pole? It might
not work, but there could be a book in it.
And now indeed there is - a documentary of both the task in hand and
the troubled, explosive festering imaginations of the two authors as they
undertake it - Bad Wisdom is a Boy's Own adventure to end them all. Though
there's nothing about the infamous million-pound money-burning episode (it post-
dated the events contained here) there is scatology, misogyny, spiritual
enlightenment, revelations from Drummond's troubled KLF conscience plus
perceptive, moving and outrageous passages where they meet Michael Jackson,
Elvis Presley, Keith Richards and Madonna.
All in all, a hilarious, hateful and hellraising spellbinder that
augurs well for the next two parts of the trilogy, where the duo undertake
trips to darkest Africa (already accomplished) and the moon (they're still
working on it).
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