Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Happy Birthday, Bill

Williams Burroughs was born 100 years ago this Wednesday.  I edited his monthly column "Time of the Assassins" at Crawdaddy for two years in the mid-1970s.  I also arranged his famous cover story in that period based on his interview, in New York, with Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.  Here's writer's account of the day and cool picture, a variation of which we ran on the cover in color.

"Does the Loch Ness monster exist? Page said he thought it did. Skeptical, Burroughs wondered how the monster could get enough to eat. The conversation continued over enchiladas. Burroughs talked about infrasound, pitched below the level of human hearing, which had supposedly been developed as a weapon by the French military. Then on to interspecies communication, talking to dolphins via sonar waves. Burroughs said he thought a remarkable synthesis could be achieved if rock music returned to its ancient roots in ceremony and folklore, and brought in some of the trance music one heard in Morocco."  -- G.M.

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