‘You should try lying more’: the nomadic impermanence of sound and text in the work of Bill Drummond

Nathan J B Wiseman-Trowse, Adam Hansen (Editor), Rachel Carroll (Editor)

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    Abstract

    Bill Drummond’s work straddles the worlds of popular music, literature and art. Through his books, music and artistic interventions Drummond has engaged with the (im)permanence of culture while manifesting a network of creative associations that give shape to a nebulous series of artistic efforts in a variety of media. His latest project, The 17 and its associated book of the same name, explores the impermanence of musical expression, a theme manifested by his deletion of the KLF back catalogue in 1992 and his burning of £1 million pounds in 1994. Yet the concentration on impermanence in Drummond’s musical work is balanced by the possible permanence of language, manifest both in his books and leaflets, as well as in his artworks which are highly logocentric, whether they be graffiti or the painted scores for the 17 project. This article explores Drummond’s work through the Deleuzian filter of nomadism to interrogate the tensions between that which is now and that which has the possibility to always be. Drummond stands in many ways as an anti-theorist, engaging with music, literature and art in nomadic ways that are not always intended by him, providing a network of connections that might seek to evade the very conception of the network itself.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLitpop: Writing and Popular Music
    Place of PublicationAldershot
    PublisherAshgate
    Pages157-168
    Number of pages240
    ISBN (Print)9781472410979
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2014

    Publication series

    NameAshgate popular and folk music series

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    Impermanence
    Sound
    Music
    Art
    Back Catalogue
    Musical Works
    Conception
    Artwork
    Theorists
    Language
    Musical Expression
    Filter
    Graffiti
    Popular music
    Nomadism

    Keywords

    • Bill Drummond
    • music
    • art
    • text
    • deleuze
    • guattari
    • popular
    • KLF

    Cite this

    Wiseman-Trowse, N. J. B., Hansen, A. (Ed.), & Carroll, R. (Ed.) (2014). ‘You should try lying more’: the nomadic impermanence of sound and text in the work of Bill Drummond. In Litpop: Writing and Popular Music (pp. 157-168). (Ashgate popular and folk music series). Aldershot: Ashgate.
    Wiseman-Trowse, Nathan J B ; Hansen, Adam (Editor) ; Carroll, Rachel (Editor). / ‘You should try lying more’: the nomadic impermanence of sound and text in the work of Bill Drummond. Litpop: Writing and Popular Music. Aldershot : Ashgate, 2014. pp. 157-168 (Ashgate popular and folk music series).
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    Wiseman-Trowse, NJB, Hansen, A (ed.) & Carroll, R (ed.) 2014, ‘You should try lying more’: the nomadic impermanence of sound and text in the work of Bill Drummond. in Litpop: Writing and Popular Music. Ashgate popular and folk music series, Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 157-168.

    ‘You should try lying more’: the nomadic impermanence of sound and text in the work of Bill Drummond. / Wiseman-Trowse, Nathan J B; Hansen, Adam (Editor); Carroll, Rachel (Editor).

    Litpop: Writing and Popular Music. Aldershot : Ashgate, 2014. p. 157-168 (Ashgate popular and folk music series).

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    Wiseman-Trowse NJB, Hansen A, (ed.), Carroll R, (ed.). ‘You should try lying more’: the nomadic impermanence of sound and text in the work of Bill Drummond. In Litpop: Writing and Popular Music. Aldershot: Ashgate. 2014. p. 157-168. (Ashgate popular and folk music series).