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William S Burroughs and the Cult of Rock'n'Roll Reviews

William S Burroughs and the Cult of Rock'n'Roll by Casey Rae

William S. Burroughs and the Cult of Rock 'n' Roll

Casey Rae

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Imprint: Orion Books Ltd
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 8 Sep 2020
ISBN: 9781474616669

William Burroughs' life and art, situated in the context of the most radical and influential rock n roll stars of the late twentieth century

  • The GuardianBook of the Day
4 stars out of 5
Fiona Sturges
21 Nov 2020

"Rae shows little interest in disrupting the legend of the writer as a charismatic outlaw"

Along with those Burroughs influenced, the book also tells the story of the man himself, from his upper-middle-class childhood soured by an incident with a nanny that may or may not have involved sexual abuse (Burroughs never told the full story), to his years travelling the world and living variously in London, Paris, New York, Mexico City and Tangier. Rae’s account is compelling, capturing the strangeness of Burroughs’s itinerant lifestyle, his bizarre obsessions (guns and the occult, mostly) and his Herculean appetite for drugs.