23 years on from their dramatic departure from the music industry, the return of The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu (A.K.A. The KLF, A.K.A. The Timelords, A.K.A. The JAMs etc) is every bit as beguilingly weird and perversely entertaining as you might have imagined. 2023 is a sprawlingly elaborate meta-fictional retelling of both their own shadowy mythology and the history of popular music and culture as a whole, heavily entangled with Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminatus! trilogy, the end of the internet, and, uh, Hackney. Have Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty succeeded in forging new ground for dystopian fiction? Did they just bang this out in a week cos they really needed the cash? Was this the most elaborate book launch in history? Don't open 2023 hoping to find answers to these or any other questions, but do expect to forever see the Shard a little differently.
The eagerly anticipated memoir from Cosey, whose work with COUM, Throbbing Gristle, Chris and Cosey, and Carter Tutti Void has been challenging the boundaries of performance and music for over four decades. Art Sex Music offers generous and intensely personal insights into her childhood in Hull, COUM's infamous 1976 ICA show, her work at the intersection of visual and performance art and the sex industry, the operation of Industrial Records from its twin Hackney headquarters on Martello Street and Beck Road, the 2004 Throbbing Gristle reunion, the expansion of her artistic methodology through the Cosey Complex event and book in 2010, and much more besides. An epic and indispensable history.
Published by Faber & Faber on April 6th, 2017
To say thank you to all our lovely customers, we're offering free live folk music and mulled wine on the evening of Thursday 22nd December...and we're open until 9pm! Come and hear the wonderful Elizabeth Forrester, Sarah Lloyd, and Ian Kennedy performing some wintry folk ballads among the second hand books and have a glass of mulled wine on us!