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Turn up the Strobe
Turn up the Strobe

Turn up the Strobe

The KLF, The JAMS, The Timelords: A History


240 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $22.95 (US $22.95) (CA $30.95)

Publication Date: November 2017

ISBN 9781909454637

Rights: US & CA

Reynolds Hearn (Cherry) (Nov 2017)
Cherry Red Books

Price: $22.95


The first in-depth history of The KLF, packed with new and exclusive interviews, illuminating research and insightful commentary

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.


"It's not just that there had never been a band like the KLF. It's that, in the 25 years since their disappearance, nobody else has come up with anything that matches the duo's extraordinary career." —Guardian on The KLF

Author Biography

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.