William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)


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Breakthrough in the Grey Room (1960s)


1. K-9 Was in Combat with the Alien Mind-Screens (13:29)


Early cut-up of tapes made by Ian Sommerville and WSB around 1965, probably in New York and London.

2. Origin and Theory of the Tape Cut-Ups (3:43)


From a lecture given by WSB at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute, April 20, 1976.

3. Recalling All Active Agents (1:25)


Excerpt from tape made in 1960 by Brion Gysin at BBC Studios in London, using BG's permutational technique.

4. Silver Smoke of Dreams


Tape made in early 1960s by Ian Sommerville and WSB, using the "drop-in" method.

5. Junk Relations (2:56)


Excerpt from a radio talk by WSB in 1961 in London. "A Day in the Life of a Junkie." Tape courtesy of the University of Kansas Libraries.

6. Jojuka (1:30)


Excerpt from live tape made by WSB at the Jojuka Fetival in the hills of Morocco with Ornette Coleman, Jan. 18, 1973.

7. Curse Go Back (1:12)


From early 1960s tape, WSB chanting an anti-curse.

8. Present Time Exercises (2:18)


Casette work by WSB in London, ca. 1971, using radio, television, several tape recorders.

9. Jojuka (0:42)


10. Working with the Popular Forces


WSB cut-ups with Dutch Schultz's last words and news texts, shortwave radio noise. Mid '60s, London

11. Interview with Mr. Martin (2:59)


Excerpt from WSB performance at the ICA in London, Feb. 28, 1963.

12. Jojuka (1:26)



13. Sound Piece (2:14)


Produced by Ian Somerville using the inching technique, 1960s?

14. Jojuka (2:39)



15. Burroughs Called the Law (1:34)


WSB routine recorded mid-1960s - dropping a dime on the Nova Mob.


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