Bill Drummond was born in 1953. Since leaving Liverpool School of Art in 1973 he has used various ways to investigate and converse with the world. These investigations and conversations have found expression via the written word, pop music, actions and The17.
His written words include the following books: The Manual (1989), Bad Wisdom (1996), 45 (2000), and How To Be An Artist (2002), The Wild Highway (2005), 17 (2008), $20,000 (2010) Ragworts (2012).
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. Over the past decade Drummond’s activities have included the, the foundation of The Intercontinental Twinning Association, instigating and curating of the Curfew Tower – an artist residency in Northern Ireland, the making of The Soupline, the construction of various Cake Circles and becoming a international shoe-shine boy, as well us setting up numerous websites including:
The17 is a choir. Since 2006 Drummond has focused his energies on The17. He is currently in the middle of an extended but sporadic world tour with The17. To know more about The17 and the music they make visit www.the17.org
He has had numerous one-man exhibitions in major UK regional galleries and across Europe. Drummond has made a habit of professionally staying clear of London.
From 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