RIYL: The Beats, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Thurston Moore

Label: Ernest Jenning Record Co.

I first discovered William S. Burroughs in the new releases section of Video Haven, my local video rental store. I was really into horror and the cover and title made me think it might be something that I would be into.
And boy did that movie ever warp my little 11 year old mind. Sometimes I still think about people shoveling large piles of bug spray into their mouths.

Fast forward a few yeas after that and I went to college at a hippie school founded by the beats. William S. Burroughs used to be there all of the time. In writing classes I heard tapes of Burroughs reading his writings, but he would also sometimes read it while improvisational rock and jazz blared on in the background. For me experimental music and the Beats will forever be linked in my brain.

Originally recorded before the author’s death in the 1990’s it was rumored to have been buried by record execs at the time. Now more than 20 years on the recordings have been resurrected with the help of King Khan and M. Lamar. They bring the weird and put it all over this record.

This edition is limited to 500 copies on bile/semen/blood splatter. How wonderful.

The Details

BURROUGHS READING HIS FAVORITE PASSAGES FROM NAKED LUNCH. Sometime in the 90s the infamous Beat set these passages to tape. Hal Willner and James Grauerholz produced several sessions and recruited a few musicians for accompaniment. Bill Frisell and Wayne Horvitz of John Zorn's Naked City, as well as violist Eyvind Kang, crafted abstract compositions that matched the distorted imagery of Burroughs' writing. The productions were never released and languished on some forgotten shelf for two decades. Willner dusted off the unfinished material in 2015 and enlisted King Khan to flush out the recordings. Thirteen tracks in all. Released by Ernest Jenning Record Co. on limited edition "Bile/Semen/Blood" colored vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve.

2nd pressing
limited to 500 copies
colored vinyl pressing
gatefold sleeve
music label: Ernest Jenning Record Co. 2016

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