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LP edition of these historic recordings punctuated with Joujouka music from Burrough's audio work in the 60's and 70's alone and with Brion Gysin and Ian Somerville.

Burroughs, William S.
Break Through In Grey Room [VINYL]

Burroughs, William S.: Break Through In Grey Room [VINYL] (Sub Rosa)
Label: Sub Rosa    
Released in: Belgium    

One of the most classic and in-demand titles in the Sub Rosa catalog -- mid-'60s cut-up tape machine recordings made by William S. Burroughs in hotels -- originally released on CD in 1987, reissued in 2001, now released on vinyl. During the 1960s, Burroughs was in Europe and England. The Vietnam War, the cultural revolution, hippies and the acid gospel, the U.S. in tumult -- all these were dispatches to him. Living between Paris and London, his only excursions to America were in 1965, when he lived a year in New York at the Chelsea Hotel and 210 Centre Street, and revisited St. Louis and Palm Beach; and in 1968, when he covered the Democratic Convention in Chicago for Esquire in the company of Genet, Southern and Seaver. Burroughs had quit the States in 1953 exactly because he foresaw these police-state conditions. But now the wild boys were in the streets, in London and Paris too, and Burroughs was inspired to hope that the world could really change. In the creative world/switchboard of Paris' Beat Hotel, in London, in a house in the Arab Quarter of Tangier, he experimented with tape recordings -- under the tutelage of Brion Gysin -- hoping to cut the pre-recorded time line of present time, and, as he put it, "let the future leak out." It's impossible not to recognize the writer's sonorous voice -- a sonority also present within the silence of every text he wrote. An explosion of styles -- a blasting of borders -- the silence after a gunshot -- the overtaking of the fetishized word -- from the exploded painting, to the cut tape. Break Through In Grey Room includes various monologues, radio shortwaves, music, and countless cut-up tape from which emerges new structures of communication. Words gain power when losing the boundaries of semantics. Also included is some Joujouka music recorded by Burroughs while he was with Ornette Coleman in the hills of Morocco, circa 1973. Many of these tapes are as much Ian Sommerville's work as Burroughs, or even more so. Ian's technical background is a tribute to the early development of sound-and-light shows in London. Ian was a sorcerer's apprentice in creating recordings. This is an important sound document in the history of Burroughs as an innovator, as well as an archive of the genesis of literature in opposition during a time-period whose urgency is more relevant than ever.A1. K-9 Was In Combat With The Alien Mind-Screens (13:29)A2. Origin And Theory Of The Tape Cut-Ups (3:43)A3. Recalling All Active Agents (1:25)A4. Silver Smoke Of Dreams (4:50)B1. Junky Relations (2:56)B2. Joujouka (1:30)B3. Curse Go Back (1:12)B4. Present Time Exercices (2:18)B5. Joujouka (0:43)B6. Working With The Popular Forces (2:37)B7. Interview With Mr. Martin (2:59)B8. Joujouka (1:26)B9. Sound Piece (2:14)B10. Joujouka (2:39)B11. Burroughs Called The Law (1:34)

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Product Information:

UPC: 5411867330080

Label: Sub Rosa
Catalog ID: SR 008LP
Squidco Product Code: 10881

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: Belgium
Packaging: Vinyl LP in a Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded from 1965-1973.


William S. Burroughs, Ian Somerville, Brion Gysin, Ornette Coleman

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Track Listing:

Side A:

1. K-9 Was In Combat With The Alien Mind-Screens 13:29

2. Origin And Theory Of The Tape Cut-Ups 3:43

3. Recalling All Active Agents 1:25

4. Silver Smoke Of Dreams 4:50

Side B:

1. Junky Relations 2:56

2. Joujouka 1:30

3. Curse Go Back 1:12

4. Present Time Exercices 2:18

5. Joujouka 0:43

6. Working With The Popular Forces 2:37

7. Interview With Mr. Martin 2:59

8. Joujouka 1:26

9. Sound Piece 2:14

10. Joujouka 2:39

11. Burroughs Called The Law 1:34