Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 423

William S Burroughs, at Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado, July 1985. Photo by Allen Ginsberg, courtesy Stanford University Libraries / Allen Ginsberg Estate/Getty Images

Anniversary today of the death of William Burroughs, twenty-two years on (see our 2016 posting – here)

We’ll salute the man today with this – the voices of Burroughs himself and of Iggy Pop, reading from The Western Lands (the source is the 1999 cd –  Hashisheen – The End of the Law by Bill Laswell)

“Danger is a biological necessity for men like sleep and dreams. If you face death, for that time, for the period of direct confrontation, you are immortal. For the Western middle-classes, danger is a rarity. It erupts only with a sudden random shock. And yet we are all in danger at all times, since our death exists: Mektoub, it is written, waiting to present the aspect of surprised recognition. Is there a technique for confronting death without immediate physical danger? Can one reach the Western Lands without physical death? These are the questions that Hassan i Sabbah asked.”

William S Burroughs, Paris, October 1959. Photo: Brion Gysin, courtesy Barry Miles

You’ve all read The Western Lands ?

Keeping up the rock n roll connection, don’t miss this

Here’s William reading and being interviewed (from 1983 cable tv)

Interviewer (Daniel Richler): Last night’s audience was quite young. I expected to see more of your contemporaries or the people that were reading you in the ‘Fifties and ‘Sixties in evidence and they were not. How do you feel about that?

WSB: Ah, well, many of them are dead, of course. The cemetery is full of my contemporaries.

Jack Kerouac – Here’s a video interview with Kerouac scholar, John J Dorfner. (from the short film “A Beatific Soul” by Franki Grigioni)   (See also “John J Dorfner on Jack Kerouac’s Induction into the Rocky Mount Hall of Fame” – (Jack Kerouac in North Carolina) – here)

and Jack Kerouac in Lowell, Mass – keep the date open for the annual celebration – the weekend of Friday, October 11.  David Amram, alongside many others, will be there, and there’ll be a number of events in honor of, and celebration of, both the city and the man.

And observation, this year, of the 50th anniversary (October 21st) of Kerouac’s passing.

Lowell also celebrates the following weekend – The Town and the City Festival (named, of course, after the 1950 novel), ‘”celebrating the spirit of Jack Kerouac”, as the organizers deftly point out, “in direct and indirect ways” – “inspired by the creativity and exploration for which the author was so famously known” – creative, exploratory, and more.

Allen and jazz, bebop jazz, don’t miss the two-part posting on Sons and Daughters Journal –here and here

Allen Ginsberg regards Thelonious Monk – photo c. Jim Marshall Photography LLC

Sam Charters on Kerouac and jazz – a three-part piece –  see here, here and here

We had Ed Sanders last week, Anne Waldman recounts a psychedelic experience – here


One comment

  1. Hi Peter, Simon et al,

    I’ve uploaded PDFs of all 14 issues of Mag City to my website:

    Allen had work in issues 5 and 12, perhaps earliest appearances of some journal entries and poems, including Capitol Air. Plus a collab with Ron Padgett.

    Also of note, we published work by Bonnie Bremser (nee Frazer) in issue #4. A rather obscure figure, she was married to the more well known Ray Bremser. Besides her memoir Troia, I’m afraid there’s not much else available. So we were pleased to connect with her and acquire some work for Mag City. Her work deserves wider recognition.

    It’s a joy to dust off these treasures and make them accessible to contributors and the globe.

    I’m reaching out to reconnect with “old” friends and contributors to the magazine – to spread the word and, decades later, to offer another round of thanks. Having the opportunity to present Allen’s work was and continues to be a major joy.

    Thank you for all you do to honor Allen and the beats and for keeping Allen’s and their work fresh.

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