Deuce of Clubs Book Club: Books of the Weak

I'm a Lebowski, You're a Lebowski

Guy Debord: Revolutionary

No Place to Hide

Command of Office

The Christ-Myth Theory And Its Problems

The Christian Delusion

Lincoln's Wrath

How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself

The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex

Bossypants

Zombie Spaceship Wasteland

Catching the Big Fish

Dig Infinity

The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones

Crazy for God

Basin and Range

Anarchy Evolution

The File

John Ringo

The Supremes

End the Fed

Burning Book

The Hohokam Millenium

God's Middle Finger

Narcocorrido

In Heaven Everything Is Fine

The Shunning

Wisdom Sits in Places

The Marvelous Country

Hamilton's Curse

The Secret Life of Houdini

The Trouble with Being Born

Schulz and Peanuts

First Into Nagasaki

Joe Miller's Jests

Human Smoke

Dirty Tricks Cops Use

A Futile and Stupid Gesture

All For A Few Perfect Waves

Systemantics

Death in the Desert

American Signs

Secret Proceedings and Debates of the Constitutional Convention

Secrets Of A Stingy Scoundrel

The Self-Made Tapestry

A Constitutional History of Secession

The Neurotic's Notebook

Interrogation Machine

Monster Midway

The Harlot by the Side of the Road

Forced Into Glory

Imperial Life in the Emerald City

J. G. Ballard: Quotes

The Compleat Practical Joker

Laugh with Hugh Troy

Pranks!

A Liar's Autobiography

Cobb

Chasing Rainbows

Letters from Tucson, 1925-1927

The Five Fosters

The Giant Cactus Forest and Its World

How to Cheat Your Friends at Poker

World Famous Cults & Fanatics

That's Not All, Folks!

God's Problem

Will Christ Return By 1988?

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

The Whiskey Rebellion

FDR's Folly

Wilson's War

Bully Boy

[If] I Did It

The Dark Side

Secret Origins of the Bible

Godless

The End of Faith

Why I Became An Atheist

"Life's Calendar for 1922"

Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War

The Negro Cowboys

EXPECT RESISTANCE

Monty Python Speaks

Baseball Between the Numbers

The Psychopath's Bible

Satisfaction

J. G. Ballard: Conversations

Days of War, Nights of Love

Gospel Fictions and Who Wrote the Gospels?

The Real Deadwood

Deadwood

The Revolution: A Manifesto

45

The Secret Man

Stormin' Mormon

From Psyche to Soma

I'll Gather My Geese

The Osama bin Laden I Know

Alias "Paine"

A Man Without Words

The Wild Trees

The World Without Us

Arizona's Changing Rivers

The Phoenix Indian School

Realm of the Long Eyes

John Dillinger: The Life and Death of America's First Celebrity Criminal

Buckey O'Neill: The Story of a Rough Rider

Thanks For Tuning In

Adventures in the Apache Country

Waylon: An Autobiography

My Life: Sunrise to Sunset

Mimes and Miners: A Historical Study of the Theater in Tombstone

The First 100 Years: A History of Arizona Blacks

Enter Without Knocking

City in the Sun: The Japanese Concentration Camp at Poston, Arizona

House by the Buckeye Road

Vanished Arizona

The Big Con

The Astronomy Cafe and Back to the Astronomy Cafe

A Handbook on Hanging

The Sinner's Guide to the Evangelical Right

A Mind Restored

Mr. Show: What Happened?!

Reclaiming the American Revolution

Stumbling On Happiness

Treasure Maps of the Superstitions

Sunny Slope

Did Genesis Man Conquer Space?

Look Homeward, America

Radicals for Capitalism

Kayaker's Little Book of Wisdom

God Is Not Great

The Echoing Green

The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll

K Foundation Burn a Million Quid

The Facts of Life and Other Dirty Jokes and The Tao of Willie

Just Six Numbers and Our Cosmic Habitat

Wild Goose Chronicles

Behind Bars: Surviving Prison

Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce

The Gang They Couldn't Catch

Manhunt

A History of the End of the World

Al Sieber: Chief of Scouts

Apaches & Longhorns

Deep Survival

Captured

DINO

Sock

Bo: Pitching & Wooing

You Are Worthless

You And Your Hand

Access All Areas

Field Guide to the Apocalypse

The War on Terrorism

Those Idiots From Earth

September 11: An Oral History

Mortal Questions

The Heresy of Self-Love

The White Flag Principle

Medieval Panorama

An Honest President

Those Words

À rebours

Peterson's Incident Report Book

Boo! Culture, Experience, and the Startle Reflex

Victory Denied

Nothing, Arizona

A Porcine History of Philosophy and Religion

O Holy Cow!: The Selected Verse of Phil Rizzuto

DOME COMPENDIUM OF TOPICAL TREATMENT IN PROCTOLOGY

¿Hablas conmigo

Thirty-three Candles

Black Monk Time

Men of Distinction

Alexander the Corrector

Space Viking

Mark These Men

Hallucinogenic Plants

Prohibition: An Adventure in Freedom

JESUS! He's Our President

LOVE

How to Watch Football on Television

Merrill Markoe's Guide to Love

Lincoln: The Man and The Car

Whatever Men Know About Women

Biographies of Italian War Heroes

ABC of Espionage

Art Colony Perverts

Devil-ution

Starting Right with Bees

Planet Earth is a Cult

Baseball Letters

Fetish

Dopey Doings

Democracy: The God That Failed

Handgrenade Talk

Hi, How Are You?

het zingen van het ijs

The Museum of Jurassic Technology Jubilee Catalogue

The Rector and the Rogue

Colorful Cacti of the American Deserts

Odd Jobs: The World of Deviant Work

The Hungry Man's Outdoor Grill Cookbook

How to Get Invited to the White House

How to Work for a Jerk

Never Work for a Jerk!

The Mentality of Apes

Your Vigor for Life Appalls Me

Dr. Strange: Sorceror Supreme

Nautical Notions for Nibbling

A Short Introduction to the History of Human Stupidity

The Fake Revolt

Coup D'Etat

History of the Town of Felicity

Hood of Death

Dolls' House Bathrooms: Lots of Little Loos

Border Security / Anti-Infiltration Operations

Living on Light

God is for Real, Man

Did the Apostle Paul Visit Britain?

Twin Peaks

2001

Power Phrases

The Truth About Wagner

The Life of the Bee

Tombstone

Science Looks at Smoking

The Chiricahuas

The New Dark Ages Conspiracy

The Big Question

Everybody's Book of Epitaphs

The Death of the Fuhrer

Mindfuckers

Gorbachev! Has the Real Antichrist Come?

The World's Worst Poet

Alyssa Milano: She's the Boss

Home is the Desert

Nine Lives: From Stripper to Schoolteacher

How to Start Your Own Country

How to Found Your Own Religion

Sex Objects in the Sky

Indian Oratory

Bastard Without Portfolio

The Bedside Book of Bastards

Hopeless -- Yet There Is Hope

Bible in Pocket, Gun in Hand

Margie Asks WHY

Death of a Hippie

Wake Up or Blow Up

Feeling and Form

Guilt

A Mile in His Moccasins

Mojave Desert Ramblings

Passing of the Outhouse

This Way to Happiness

The Happy Life

Young Only Once

The Monkey Gland Affair

Bert Bacharach's Book for Men

The Two Babylons

For Good and Evil: The Impact of Taxes...

Why Christians Crack Up!

Why Do Christians Break Down?

Hava Nagila!

Beethoven or Bust

How to Abandon Ship

Livin' in Joe's World

The Last Democrat

Salvation Mountain

The Varmint and Crow Hunter's Bible

Love in the Western World

Jack the Ripper: Light-Hearted Friend

Little Men of the NFL

No One May Ever Have The Same Knowledge Again

The Secret Museum of Mankind

James Bond's World of Values

We Did Not Plummet Into Space

The Boy Who Didn't Believe IN CHRISTMAS

The Great Escape From Your Dead-End Job

All About Tipping

My Loser Godfrey

A Haircut in Horse Town

Mucusless Diet Healing System

Jefferson Returns

Lincoln Returns

Churchill Returns

Corporation Freak

Null Bock auf DDR

So You're Going on a Mission?

Nudes in My Camera

Why I Hate the Nazis

Flesh, Metal & Glass

The James Beard Cookbook

Mortal Refrains

Deadbolt

Amy Grant: A Biography

The X Cars

We Were Five

Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder

Hello ... Wrong Number

I'll Kill You Next!

Murder in Vegas

Did MAN Just Happen?

Terror at the Atlanta Olympics

Criswell Predicts

Your Next Ten Years

They Pay Me to Catch Footballs

The Phantom Menace

Just For Fellows

The Lopsided Gal

Astrology and Horse Racing

The Cokesbury Stunt Book

The Origin of Things

Remarks on the History of Things

U.S. Government Sewing Book

Funeral Tributes II

Blinky, the Friendly Hen

The Serbs Choose War

My Mystery Castle

Iggy

Funeral Customs the World Over

The Right to be Let Alone

Mormonism and the Negro

The Church and the Negro

Preacher with a Billy Club

Fighting Parson of the Old West

Invisibility: Mastering the Art of Vanishing

How to Disappear Completely

The Gentle Art of Making Enemies

How to Catch a Man, How to Keep a Man, How to Get Rid of a Man

Langenscheidts Konversationsbuch

Marlene Dietrich's ABC

The Bible in the Hands of Its Creators


K Foundation Burn a Million Quid

Chris Brook and Gimpo (1997)

 

[Chris Brook:] Although the K Foundation were not a "real" art foundation, their financial assets were very real. The money had accrued from a previous Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond project in pop music—the KLF.
On 22 August 1994, Cauty and Drummond travelled to the island of Jura off the west coast of Scotland with a suitcase containing £1 million in new £50 notes. Accompanying them were Gimpo, a long-time colleague, and Jim Reid, a journalist who had been commission to write the catalogue for Money: A Major Body of Cash.
In the early hours of 23 August, in a derelict boat house on the coast of Jura, Cauty and Drummond began to burn the money. Gimpo was handed a Hi-8 video camera and asked to film the event. the £1 million took 55 minutes to burn and the ashes were swept up and returned to the suitcase.
This book sets out to explore that act.
(5)

[Timeline] August 1994 The K Foundation meet Anthony Reynolds, who suggests that they do not burn the £1 million but sell the right to burn the money to someone else. The buyer would not be allowed to touch the £1 million since all that would be bought is the dilemma: to keep the money and look at it, or burn it. The K Foundation reject this suggestion. (11)

[Gimpo:] I managed to get a fifty-grand pack—it was all in bundles of £50,000, shrink-wrapped in plastic—to the back of the room, not far from the car. They were too busy putting the money on the flames, anyway; I was behind the camera in the dark and I was thinking, Well, they're mates and everything but they're only going to burn it . . . I could put the pack in the boot under the spare wheel where they couldn't see it and it would get me half a house in London. But then I thought, What about the other half? . . . should I go back and get another pack? . . . then I'll need a care . . . Where does it stop? And I thought if we were back in London and I had half a house or something, they'd know and I wouldn't be able to see them again. So I just didn't bother. I sneaked back round and pushed the pack in the fire with my foot. It was all over in 40 seconds. I left the camera there so Jim Reid wouldn't nick any. If I couldn't nick any he wasn't going to. He asked if he could keep a note as proof, but Jimmy said no. It had to be a million they burnt—I could understand that. (14-15)

Bill Drummond: You still haven't answered the question: "What was that money?"
Audience member: I think I have: what you burnt was proceeds which represent the resources that you have burnt.
Drummond: What resources have we destroyed? What is there less of in the world? Are there fewer loaves of bread of grains of rice in the world because that much paper doesn't exist anymore? (18)

Audience member: Is it not a criminal offence to burn it?
Drummond: It's a criminal offence to tear it, scribble on it; put holes in it; but it isn't a criminal offence to burn it. They never thought to make a law against it; they never thought people would be that stupid. (18)

[Osman Eralp:] Bill and Jimmy burning a million is somehow a negation of [the post-modern world philosophy]. I'm glad they chose in the final hour not to publicise it, thought no doubt later they will. They have robbed post-modernism by turning it on its head—taking the one thing post-modernism would have wanted from the burning, which would have been to make something "interesting" out of the project. (40)

[Anonymous:] It's like burning people's dreams in front of them. A really rotten act. (42)

[Anonymous:] Do you assume a right to make others think? (49)

[Lionel Martin, Martin, Greene, Ravden, Accounts:] They came in and asked for £1 million of their own money, which we could all see from the bank statements they had. Simple request you might . . . I did, but it wasn't until I rang the bank that I realised how difficult it was to get your hands on your own money. (60)

[Anonymous:] In watching it I could lose myself completely and revel in the delight of the cleverest, loudest, most brilliant and, by far, the most eloquent "fuck off" ever manifested. (84)

[Anonymous:] You will go to your graves known as the men who burnt £1 million, just as Divine was known as the man who ate dog shit. (86)

[Anonymous:] I hope that your plans for the future include something that all your admirers can participate in—i.e., a product we can buy. (88)

[Anonymous:] Rockefeller isn't getting kicks out of every million he's got as you are with yours. (98)

[Anonymous:] I doubt if you will find two individuals like yourselves on this planet of around four billion who could have carried out burning £1 million. (102)

[Anonymous:] You've really blown your credibility with this. (106)

[Tina Küürb, London:] You posturing, idiotic eternal adolescents. Get some sort of life—one that isn't continually looking for big anti-hero applause. The art-school dance ended years ago, and you're beginning to look like the janitors. (108)

Audience member: Did you get value for money?
Jimmy Cauty: We don't know what we've bought yet, we're still waiting to find out.
Bill Drummond: We have bought something: we've bought the burning of £1 million. That's what now exists that couldn't exist before. Whatever people get from that is what they want to get—but it cost £1 million. (124)

Audience member: Why not go and burn the Houses of Parliament? Why not the UN building?
Drummond: Why don't you go and do it? We've done our bit. If you think the Houses of Parliament need burning, go and burn them. Why don't you go and burn them? (132, 134)

[Man at Ferens Gallery, Hull:] This is a scratch card that I've framed. I'm skint, I've got a kid, I've got a wife and I've not got a job. Sometimes I look at this and think what if I've won? But I want to keep it like this. Maybe I'm looking at £10,000 quid, but I'll never know and I'm kind of proud of it. (146)

[Gimpo:] Then Bill said to me, "Have you ever seen a truck go off a cliff before?" I said, "No" and he said, "Well . . . " and I couldn't argue any more. (160)

[Anonymous:] You just want us to talk about stuff now, but it's just irrelevant, I don't care. (166)

[Greil Marcus in Lipstick Traces, 1989, explaining the origins of the name of Guy Debord's magazine Potlatch:] Potlatch was the name, used among the Indians of North America, of a pre-commercial form of the circulation of goods, founded on the reciprocity of sumptuary gifts; the non-saleable goods such a free bulletin can distribute are previously unpublished desires and questions, and only their thorough analysis by others can constitute a return gift. (174)

[David Bowie, singer:] I caught the last 20 minutes of it. I found it very confusing. (182)

[Kevin Hull, BBC producer:] The art world is very wary of which pop people it allows in. So you end up with David Bowie's ridiculous paintings being taken seriously, but this . . . a beautiful act like this, is treated with disdain. (192)

["Mistress of Kitsch," Brighton:] I saw Elvis's face in the flames. (202)

Bill Drummond: Somebody said to us that because Yves Klein in the fifties threw gold into the Seine, all you're doing . . . because Klein had done that and sold the concept of him doing that . . . that what we were doing was exactly the same, so from an art point of view it was null and void. So, does anybody think that because Yves Klein did what he did we shouldn't have done what we did?
Audience member: But Yves Klein didn't do it with his own money, he did it with other people's money; he got people to buy that gold off him and then they would throw it together into the void—they got a recept. It was an act with a person. You should have sold your money first.
Jimmy Cauty: We made a mistake then! (212)

Bill Drummond (on the letter K): It's the strongest sounding letter in the alphabet by far. (216)

[Anonymous:] The antagonism here reveals an implication that if you'd spent a million on cocaine that would be fine; no one attacks Cher or Michael Jackson for millions spent on homes or videos. (222)

[Anonymous:] The right to create art information is the right to broadcast signals which assist/retard the evolution of the species. (224)

Bill Drummond: There's a part of us that would like it to be rock 'n' roll, but another part is annoyed that maybe that's all it is; that it's only rock 'n' roll—and when you get to our age you don't wanna be doing rock 'n' roll, you want to. . . .
Anthony Wilson: You want to what?
Drummond: Exactly! (226)

[Anonymous:] Your visit certainly carried some value even though it could never amount to £1 million. (234)


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