‘The Spoken Word’
This rare collection of recordings features the controversial American writer William S Burroughs (author of The Naked Lunch) and the British-born artist Brion Gysin – the man Burroughs credited with the invention of the ‘cut-up’ literary technique.
The centre-piece of the collection is a complete, previously unissued recording of Burroughs reading live in Liverpool in 1982 (tracks 2-10). The disc also includes performances by Gysin of a selection of his ‘permutated poems’, and previously unheard home recordings made by the pair in Paris in 1970, all taken from tapes in the British Library collection.
This CD is part of the British Library’s highly acclaimed ‘Spoken Word’ series of historic recordings.
Purchase it, and listen to sample tracks, here.