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Burroughs, Williams S. / Brion Gysin

Williams S. Burroughs & Brion Gysin [VINYL]

Burroughs, Williams S. / Brion Gysin: Williams S. Burroughs & Brion Gysin [VINYL] (Cold Spring Records)

Rare recordings of beat/cut-up writers and artists William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin, comprised of the complete recording of Burroughs reading live in Liverpool in 1982, plus performances by Brion Gysin of a selection of his permutated poems, as well as home recordings made by the pair in Paris in 1970, taken from original tapes in The British Library collection.
 

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UPC: 641871745708

Label: Cold Spring Records
Catalog ID: CSR 293LP
Squidco Product Code: 30149

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: UK
Packaging: LP
Recorded between 1963 and 1982.

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"Rare recordings of beat/cut-up writers and artists William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin. Comprises the complete recording of Burroughs reading live in Liverpool in 1982, plus performances by Gysin of a selection of his permutated poems, as well as home recordings made by the pair in Paris in 1970. All recordings are taken from original tapes in The British Library collection."-Cold Spring Recordings


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"William Seward Burroughs II (February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997) was an American writer, visual artist, spoken word performer and occultist credited as a primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodern author who influenced popular culture and literature. Burroughs wrote eighteen novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays, and 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 also briefly known by the pen name William Lee. Burroughs created and exhibited thousands of paintings and other visual artworks, including his celebrated 'Shotgun Art'.

Burroughs was born into a wealthy family in St. Louis, Missouri. He was a grandson of inventor William Seward Burroughs I, who founded the Burroughs Corporation, and a nephew of public relations manager Ivy Lee. Burroughs attended Harvard University, studied English, studied anthropology as a postgraduate, and attended medical school in Vienna. In 1942, Burroughs enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve during World War II. After being turned down by the Office of Strategic Services and the Navy, he picked up the drug addiction that affected him for the rest of his life. In 1943, while living in New York City, he befriended Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. Their mutual influence became the foundation of the Beat Generation, which was later a defining influence on the 1960s counterculture.

Burroughs killed his second wife, Joan Vollmer, in 1951 in Mexico City. Burroughs initially claimed that he shot Vollmer while drunkenly attempting a "William Tell" stunt. He later told investigators that he had been showing his pistol to friends when it fell and hit the table, firing the bullet that killed Vollmer. After Burroughs returned to the United States, he was convicted of manslaughter in absentia and received a two-year suspended sentence.

Much of Burroughs' work is semiautobiographical, and is primarily drawn from his experiences as a heroin addict. He lived in Mexico City, London, Paris and the Tangier International Zone near Morocco, and also traveled in the South American Amazon rainforest. His work features frequent mystical, occult, or otherwise magical themes – a constant preoccupation for Burroughs, both in fiction and in real life. Burroughs found success with his confessional first novel, Junkie (1953), but is perhaps best known for his third novel, Naked Lunch (1959). Naked Lunch became the subject of one of the last major literary censorship cases in the United States after its US publisher, Grove Press, was sued for violating a Massachusetts obscenity statute. With Brion Gysin, Burroughs 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. 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"; he owed this reputation 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". "

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_S._Burroughs)
11/29/2023

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"Brion Gysin (19 January 1916 – 13 July 1986) was a painter, writer, sound poet, performance artist and inventor of experimental devices born in Taplow, Buckinghamshire.

He is best known for his use of the cut-up technique, alongside his close friend, the novelist William S. Burroughs. With the engineer Ian Sommerville he also invented the Dreamachine, a flicker device designed as an art object to be viewed with the eyes closed. It was in painting and drawing, however, that Gysin devoted his greatest efforts, creating calligraphic works inspired by cursive Japanese "grass" script and Arabic script. Burroughs later stated that "Brion Gysin was the only man I ever respected." "

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brion_Gysin)
11/29/2023

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Track Listing:



SIDE A



1. William S Burroughs The Beginning Is Also The End (Excerpt) 1:21

2. William S Burroughs Untitled 2:30

3. William S Burroughs Untitled 2:44

4. William S Burroughs Untitled 3:56

5. William S Burroughs Untitled 17:11

6. William S Burroughs Untitled 3:00

SIDE B



1. William S Burroughs Untitled 5:51

2. William S Burroughs Untitled 2:31

3. William S Burroughs Untitled 2:19

4. William S Burroughs Twilight's Last Gleamings 2:20

5. Brion Gysin Cut-Ups Self-Explained 3:53

6. Brion Gysin I Am This Painter Brion Gysin 2:06

7. Brion Gysin Pistol Poem 1:15

8. Brion Gysin I've Come To Free The Words 1:28

9. Brion Gysin No Poets Don't Own Words 1:01

10. Brion Gysin Calling All Reactive Agents 1:31

11. Brion Gysin Junk Is No Good Baby 2:12

12. Brion Gysin Kick That Habit Man 1:17

13. Brion Gysin I Am That I Am 3:06

14. William S Burroughs Invisible Art 0:50

15. William S Burroughs Invisible Art 1:07

16. William S Burroughs Invisible Art 0:52

17. Brion Gysin 'Silky Supple Mirrors To Be Folded...' 0:58

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