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3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  52 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
An investigation into the meaning and value of one art item, from a provocateur of the art and music worlds
Celebrated musician and artist Bill Drummond turns his attention to the world of modern art. Several years ago he bought a photograph by the Turner Prizewinningartist Richard Long for $20,000. After owning it for some time, he decided to cut it up into 20,00
Paperback, 156 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Beautiful Books (first published 2010)
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Dec 21, 2011 Patty rated it did not like it
awful. this is not, as advertised, about art. it's about a rich guy and his carpet. not a carpet in the sense of the big lebowski, where it really is an aesthetic question (it really brings the room together) but a rug that the author has had custom made and thinks is really cool and neat and isn't he clever for having had it made? and it's about the same dude, driving up and down the highways of england, naming the roads as he goes (M90, A9) and remarking how dull the drive is. ocassionally he ...more
Mar 10, 2011 Tosh rated it liked it
"$20,000" is a combination of a travel journal (via the United Kingdom, and whatever that means to a British citizen), aesthetics, art, pop music, and the hard-to-answer question "what is an artist?" Bill Drummond is a man of great charm, but I find it a bit of a head scratcher why he's so interested in the subject matter of "Artist" in today's culture.

For one he seems to fighting the public image of an artist, which seems to me kind of silly. I understand the concerns and the problems that goe
Mark Rice
Feb 01, 2011 Mark Rice rated it it was amazing
Opinions on Bill Drummond vary wildly. To some, he is an opportunistic and shameless self-publicist willing to do almost anything to draw attention to himself. Others believe him to be a visionary, a creative genius who turns everything he touches into art: music; painting; photography; conceptual ideas; literature. I'm in the latter camp. One of the things I like most about Bill is that he thinks big. In fact, he thinks mythically. He doesn't start a creative project without first having an abs ...more
Sep 12, 2013 Paul rated it liked it
I'm a bit conflicted about this. I love Bill Drummond, have done for a long time. I connected with his work with the KLF, and his book "45" is terrific, though his books with Mark Manning are less successful, for me certainly because Manning seems to be writing horror porn, which just gets wearing really fast.

But this book here really brings out Drummond's technique of shopping-list documentary journalism (this happened then this happened then this happened) interspersed with bar stool philosop
Apr 20, 2010 Godzilla rated it it was amazing
I've dealt with this Bill Drummond book far sooner than I normally do. Ordinarily I spot a book by him, snap it up with a sense of urgency and then deny myself the pleasure of reading it for weeks if not months.

This is self-denial of pleasure - his books always absorb me, make me question things, and generally inspire me to think differently about those things.

As the book warns, this is basically a second edition of the How To Be An Artist book, also by Bill Drummond. This version has no accompa
Chris Aylott
Dec 11, 2011 Chris Aylott rated it liked it
Sixteen years ago, artist Bill Drummond spent $20,000 on a photograph by artist Richard Long. After five years, he was tired of the photograph, and had an idea: Drummond would travel around Britain trying to sell the photograph to someone else for the original $20,000, then take the money from the sale to where the original photograph was taken and bury it. And thus began an odyssey that led to this book.

Is the act of selling the photograph art? How about the photographs he's taking of what he's
May 13, 2012 Dazz rated it really liked it
I bought this as I own 2 of the 20,000 pieces and I knew what Bill had intended before buying this book so it was interesting to see a little deeper into his thoughts.
He does go off on a tangent sometimes, these tangents were usually relevant to some of his other work but sometimes they would serve no real purpose than show a little of how his mind works.
Some people will like it and other won't.
I do hope the last of the 20,000 pieces of 'A Smell of Sulphur in the Wind' sell sometime soon as the
Sep 03, 2010 Thorsten rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art, british, klf
Really enjoyed this, i love his conversational style of writing, which I think works well as a mechanism he employs to avoid sounding pretentious while still maintaing a high level of intelligent discussion and ideas, but which also enables him to really explore the creative process from an insiders perspective.

Jan 21, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Drummond's adventures are always diverting. This one isn't quite as thought-provoking as 17, but there were enough references to Bristol and nature to keep me happy.
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Nov 29, 2012 Alan Fricker rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
Update of the previous "How to be an artist" if you like Bill then you'll like this.
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