William Burroughs, 1976 – 4 (Q & A) – 2

[William Burroughs (1914-1997) photographed by Allen Ginsberg]

William Burroughs 1976 Q & A (continuing from yesterday)

WSB: Are we in a go condition here? yes?

Student: Have you ever had any, like, internal conversations. like, that precluded your understanding of anyone else speaking?

WSB: I don’t understand the question.

Student: If a conversation is going on in your head, perhaps between two or three different selves, to the point where, when other people come to speak with you, you may use the sounds of their conversation in your own conversation with yourself. but you don’t actually hear what they’re trying … Read More

William Burroughs, 1976 – 3 (Q & A) – 1

William Burroughs Q and A

(following up from last weekend’s postings here and here) Student: When you did those cut-up techniques with the newspapers and articles and stuff like that, did you just, like.. did you just make the cut-ups and then just, like, pick them out of a hat and piece them together at random?

WSB: There are any number of ways you can do it. For example, you can take a page, cut it down there and across, now you’ve got four pieces and just put them in a new order. You can cut them into fragments. … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 275

In Paris, in the Beaubourg the Beat Generation show continues – all summer it continues (the show closes on October 3rd). See here (en anglais) a video tour conducted for Blouin ArtInfo by two of the show’s three (sic) curators, Jean-Jacques Lebel and Rani Singh

(Philippe-Alain Michaud, the other, principal, curator. can be seen (briefly) talking about the show (en francais) here).

More international press here – from Les InRocks here, Roaditudehere, FrancetvInfohere – and Le Monde –  here   (and a slideshow-presentation – here) 

and in Italian … Read More

More Ballads – The Demon Lover (The House Carpenter)

[“The Demon Lover” – Illustration by Vernon Hill from Richard Chope’s Ballads Weird and Wonderful (1912)]

“The Demon Lover” – that’s a famous notion – the idea of a demon lover – Have you ever heard of that? I mean, that concept of “demon lover“, I mean, that’s all through (the) yellow decade (to the) modern psychedelic – “demon lover” – That one is…. Oh well, the “demon lover” comes, and seduces this girl away from her husband and children. And she kisses the children goodbye – “She has taken up her two little babes/ Kissed them both … Read More

More Ballads (The Duke of Grafton & Johnie Cock)

We’ve been featuring this past couple of months, Allen on the classic Scottish and English anonymous lyric ballads. We’ll continue with just a few more. This transcript is taken (continuing) from his June 1 1980 class at Naropa University (then the Naropa Institute)

The Duke of Grafton & Johnie Cock

AG: “The Duke of Grafton“..This is another.. This is a rhythmic thing in “The Ballad of the Duke of Grafton“. And (there’s) also a very mighty image in it about the death of the Duke of Grafton, bringing his body to the church to bury – “They brought … Read More

(Monday July 4) – America

America I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing. 
America two dollars and twentyseven cents January 17, 1956.   
I can’t stand my own mind. 
America when will we end the human war? 
Go fuck yourself with your atom bomb. 
I don’t feel good don’t bother me. 
I won’t write my poem till I’m in my right mind. 
America when will you be angelic? 
When will you take off your clothes? 
When will you look at yourself through the grave? 
When will you be worthy of your million Trotskyites
America why are your libraries full of tears? 
America when
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William Burroughs, 1976 – 2 (Raudive)

[Konstantīns Raudive (1909-1974)]

William Burroughs lecture from yesterday continues

WSB: Now to consider Raudive‘s experimental procedure. The experiments were carried out in a soundproof studio. A new blank tape was turned on and allowed to record. Then the tape was played back and then the experimenter, listening through headphones, detected quite recognizable voices and words, that were found to be recorded on the tape. Let me say at once that I have not yet performed this experiment though it’s an obvious extension of the experiments I did perform – Well why not? – Well, it simply didn’t occur to … Read More

William Burroughs 1976 – 1

[William S Burroughs (1914-1997)]

We continue with transcriptions of William Burroughs’ Naropa lectures See earlier segments here, here, here and here This second lecture was delivered on July 27, 1976

WSB: Ready? Anne Waldman (on behalf of Naropa): I don’t think Mr Burroughs needs much of an introduction..

WSB: What I’m trying to do in these two lectures to give you something you can use and apply, something you can do, experiments you can perform. And I’m indicating some areas of experimentation in the hope that some of you willl carry these experiments further and come up with something … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 274

We’ve featured Seth Brigham’s photos before (for example, here). The images above are taken from his epic (and, by his own account, literally, manic) documentation of the Beats and Rebel Angels Conference at Boulder, Colorado, in July of 1994, with, not only Allen, but also, a host of Beat luminaries and Beat-related souls and pioneers, gathered in attendance – Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, Robert Creeley, Ed Sanders, Michael McClure, Amiri Baraka, Joanne Kyger, Anne Waldman, Ken Kesey, David Amram… The list, like they say, (like the beat, in … Read More