Bill Drummond

Bill Drummond was born in 1953. Since leaving Liverpool College of Art in 1973 he has used various ways to investigate and converse with the cultural landscape. These investigations and conversations have found expression via the written word, pop music and actions.

His written words include the following books: The Manual (1989), Bad Wisdom (1996), 45 (2000), How To Be An Artist (2002), and The Wild Highway (2005).

The pop music (1977 - 1992) comprised of various projects, from Big In Japan to The KLF, the details of which have now faded into the twilight world of pub pop quiz questions and car boot sale bargain box oddities.

The actions have been the one constant in his practice. There have been hundreds over the years, nearly all carried out anonymously and left unrecorded. Recently Drummond’s activities have included the instigation of The 17, the production of a pack of cards titled Silent Protest, the foundation of The Intercontinental Twinning Association, the making of The Soup Line and setting up the websites www.mydeath.net, www.youwhores.com, www.openmanifesto.com, and www.the17.org.

He has had numerous one-man exhibitions in major UK regional galleries.

Since 1998, all Drummond’s work has been framed within the context of The Penkiln Burn. To have a better understanding of what this is please visit www.penkilnburn.com.


 Related Sessions

Saturday, 1.30pm Seminar Space
Turn that racket off!

 Publications

Wild Highway (Creation Books, 2005) (with Mark Manning)
45 (Abacus, 2001)
Bad Wisdom (Creation Books, 2002) (with Mark Manning)
The Manual (KLF Publications, 1989)

 Festival Buzz

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'Turn That Racket Off' [Opens in new window]

"The 2006 Battle of Ideas did what it said on the tin: prejudices were punctured, common wisdom was questioned and original thinking honoured. The saying was coined in Texas, but I suggest that the Battle of Ideas adopts it as the conference motto: ‘sacred cows make the best burgers."
George Brock, Saturday Editor, The Times