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Burroughs, William S. : Call Me Burroughs [VINYL] (Superior Viaduct)

The recorded debut of William Burroughs reading routines from "Naked Lunch" and "Nova Express", in descriptive, startling, insightful, scathing and ultimately hilarious narratives that use the cut-up method developed by himself and artist Brion Gysin.
 

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UPC: 855985006949

Label: Superior Viaduct
Catalog ID: SV 094LP
Squidco Product Code: 21779

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: USA
Packaging: LP
Recorded in 1965.


Personnel:

William S. Burroughs-author, voice

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track listing:


1. Bradley The Buyer 6:25
Excerpt From "The Naked Lunch"

2. Meeting Of International Conference Of Technological Psychiatry 4:57
Excerpt From "The Naked Lunch"

3. The Fish Poison Con 6:59
Excerpt From "The Naked Lunch"

4. Thing Police Keep All Boardroom Report 1:25
Excerpt From "The Naked Lunch"

5. Mr Bradley Mr Martin Hear Us Through The Hole In Thin Air 4:16
Excerpt From "The Naked Lunch"

6. Where You Belong (Rewrite) 6:39
Excerpt From "Nova Express"

7. Inflexible Authority 10:46
Excerpt From "Nova Express"

8. Uranian Willy (Rewrite) 2:00
Excerpt From "Nova Express"




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"Originally released in 1965 by The English Bookshop in Paris and later by ESP-Disk' in New York, Call Me Burroughs marks not only the recorded debut of William Burroughs, but also for many the first encounter with his inimitable voice. While Burroughs has had pervasive influence on counterculture in the past 50 years -- from the Beats to punk rock and even hip hop -- no other figure today is so widely considered the epitome of cool.

Call Me Burroughs features the author reading from Naked Lunch and Nova Express, two of his best-known works that utilize the cut-up method developed by Burroughs and artist Brion Gysin. An eerie, deadpan drawl guides the listener through sci-fi innerscapes, narcotic nightmares, reports from the edge of the apocalypse. Phantasmagoric passages echo real experiences roaming the streets of Mexico, the West Village, Tangiers. Bradley the Buyer and other shadowy agents haunt our ears as Burroughs turns the page and pauses purposefully. 'Anything put out up till now is like pulling a figure out of the air -- Enemy installations shattered -- Personnel decimated -- Board Books taken -- Electric waves of resistance sweeping through mind screens of the earth -- The message of Total Resistance on short wave of the world.'

This first-time vinyl reissue is recommended for fans of Hunter S. Thompson, Patti Smith and Throbbing Gristle."-Superior Viaduct


Artist Biographies:

"William Seward Burroughs II (/ˈbʌroʊz/ BURR-ohz; also known by his pen name William Lee; February 5, 1914 - August 2, 1997) was an American novelist, short story writer, satirist, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer. Burroughs was a primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author who wrote in the paranoid fiction genre, and his influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature. Burroughs wrote eighteen novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays. Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences. He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians, and made many appearances in films.

He was born into a wealthy family in St. Louis, Missouri, grandson of the inventor and founder of the Burroughs Corporation, William Seward Burroughs I, and nephew of public relations manager Ivy Lee. Burroughs began writing essays and journals in early adolescence, but did not begin publicizing his writing until his thirties. He left home in 1932 to attend Harvard University, studied English, and anthropology as a postgraduate, and later attended medical school in Vienna. In 1942 Burroughs enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve during World War II, but was turned down by the Office of Strategic Services and Navy, after which he picked up the drug addiction that affected him for the rest of his life, while working a variety of jobs. In 1943, while living in New York City, he befriended Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, and out of their mutual influence grew the foundation of the Beat Generation, which was later a defining influence on the 1960s counterculture.

Much of Burroughs's work is semi-autobiographical, primarily drawn from his experiences as a heroin addict, as he lived throughout Mexico City, London, Paris and Tangier in Morocco, as well as from his travels in the South American Amazon. Burroughs accidentally killed his second wife, Joan Vollmer, in 1951 in Mexico City with a pistol during a drunken "William Tell" game; he was consequently convicted of manslaughter. Burroughs found success with his confessional first novel, Junkie (1953), but he is perhaps best known for his third novel Naked Lunch (1959), a highly controversial work that was the subject of a court case after it was challenged as being in violation of the U.S. sodomy laws. With Brion Gysin, he also popularized the literary cut-up technique in works such as The Nova Trilogy (1961-1964).

In 1983, Burroughs was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and in 1984 he was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by France. Jack Kerouac called Burroughs the "greatest satirical writer since Jonathan Swift", a reputation he owes to his "lifelong subversion" of the moral, political, and economic systems of modern American society, articulated in often darkly humorous sardonicism. J. G. Ballard considered Burroughs to be "the most important writer to emerge since the Second World War", while Norman Mailer declared him "the only American writer who may be conceivably possessed by genius".

Burroughs had one child, William S. Burroughs, Jr. (1947-1981), with his second wife Joan Vollmer. William Burroughs died at his home in Lawrence, Kansas, after suffering a heart attack in 1997."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_S._Burroughs)
7/25/2017

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