William Burroughs and the Cult of Rock and Roll

£14.99

A heroin addict and a gay man, William Burroughs rose to notoriety outside the conventional literary world; his masterpiece, Naked Lunch, was banned on the grounds of obscenity, but its nonlinear structure was just as daring as its content. Casey Rae brings to life Burroughs’s parallel rise to fame among daring musicians of the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, when it became a rite of passage to hang out with the author or to experiment with his cut-up techniques for producing revolutionary lyrics (as the Beatles and Radiohead did). Whether they tell of him exploring the occult with David Bowie, providing Lou Reed with gritty depictions of street life, or counselling Patti Smith about coping with fame, the stories of Burroughs’s backstage impact will transform the way you see America’s cultural revolution – and the way you hear its music.

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