DIJ: Willliam S. Burroughs' "Dead City Radio"

October 20, 2010

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William S. Burroughs' Dead City Radio

Jim DeRogatis needs a palette cleanser after reviewing Lonely Avenue, so he plays an example of a case where someone from the literary world went over to the rock world, and it worked. William S. Burroughs collaborated with a number of musicians toward the end of his life. And on Dead City Radio, the beat writer read his work while accompanied by music from the likes of Sonic Youth, Donald Fagan, Chris Stein, and best of all according to Jim, John Cale. On “Ah Pook the Destroyer/Brion Gysin’s All Purpose Bedtime Story,” Burroughs read while Cale played, and the two were a perfect match. Therefore Jim takes that track with him this week to the desert island.