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Dead City Radio [Import]

William S. Burroughs Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Dec 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B000001FYF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,224 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. William's Welcome
2. A Thanksgiving Prayer
3. Naked Lunch Excerpts/Dinner Conversation
4. Ah Pook The Destroyer/Brion Gysin's All-Purpose Bedtime Story
5. After-Dinner Conversation/Where He Was Going
6. Kill The Badger!
7. A New Standard By Which To Measure Infamy
8. The Sermon On The Mount 1
9. No More Stalins, No More Hitlers
10. The Sermon On The Mount 2
11. Scandal At The Jungle Hiltons
12. The Sermon On The Mount 3
13. Love Your Enemies
14. Dr. Benway's House
15. Apocalypse
16. The Lord's Prayer
17. Ich Bin Von Kopf Bis Fuss Auf Liebe Eingestellt

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greetings from Interzone made audible...... 19 April 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Wow! From the moment the CD opens to its finish you're in Burroughs-Ville : so welcome, Agent Lee..........
As both a lover of music and literature it is rare to find many good cross-over / hybrids of these two forms but this works well, with some great sympathetic musical soundscapes such as William's Welcome to the sonic youth penned 'Dr. Benway's House' which is creepy and perfect. My personal favourite is 'Kill The Badger', a piece of pure Burroughs, mixing the humour and the horror up nicely, cleverl, cool and ultimately nihilistic.
Perfect tnen if you're a fan of Bill's and / or love your music slightly bent out of shape in the Zone......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Narratives 5 Dec 2013
By Glenn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is a fascinating listening experience, Burroughs reading a selection of his writing set to music, some of this music written specifically for the performances, for example three by John Cale, and one each by Donald Fagan and Sonic Youth. It ranges widely, from the caustic satire of 'A Thanksgiving Prayer' - surely and sadly apt today where it would also intone the Tea Party - to the beautiful horror of 'Naked Lunch Excerpts: You Got Any Eggs For Fats?/Dinner...' and the mocked beatitudes of 'The Sermon on the Mount (W.S.B. Reads The Good Book)' where Burrows interrupts his recitation with the comic bathos of `ah, he keeps repeating himself....'
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah Dzizz, who works in coal... 2 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Ah Pook the Destroyer," with its gravelly pronunciation of the names of a Mayan pantheon intoned over the most sugary strings, is almost as funny as Oscar Brand's "We Set Sail." Too much. We listen to the sardonic "Thanksgiving Prayer" in lieu of saying grace every year before Thanksgiving dinner. The younguns are embarrased to a one as we recite along with WSB ("mean, bitter, evil, church-goin' women"). They think we are insane and might be right. But the wife and I are still very much in love after all these years, a blessing the credit for which we tend to give to our never having joined the PTA and to this CD. Spices up the old Johnson, no less.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ode to apocalypse- the monsters behind the machine.... 8 Mar 2004
By OAKSHAMAN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you've never read Burroughs, or if it has been awhile and you would like to refresh your acquaintance, then this recording is what you are looking for. The old magician gives readings from a variety of sources including _Naked Lunch_, _Interzone_, and _The Western Lands_. He invokes his vision in the name of Pan, god of panic; Ah Pook, the destroyer; and even Jesu the Christ. "Invoke" is the proper word, for this is a work of magic. Burroughs is weaving a vision. He wants us to peek through the chinks and see the monsters that lie behind the machine- behind the great shining lies. His objective is no less than a basic disruption of reality itself. This is art as magic, artist as magician.
Remember: 1)Control is controlled by the need to control- just like a junky on junk, 2)Everything is permitted BECAUSE nothing is true, and It's the little touches that make a future solid enough to destroy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Recording 15 April 2001
By Xam - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I really love this cd. William Burroughs is one of my favorite writers of the beat movement. Not only is his strange, monotone voice recorded very well on this cd, there's a great soundtrack to accompany him. He reads selections from the Naked Lunch and many of his other works, with background effects and music that is dark and twisted enough to match his strange awesome writings. Each track is interesting, from his surreal 'cut-up' style to dialogues on dictators and poems about the apocalypse. This whole cd is just great. I recommend this to any fan of Burroughs, or someone who just wants a really strange cd to put on when under the influence of certain plants and chemicals.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for...this cd, and I'm not being sarcastic 2 May 2002
By S. R Robertson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A somnambulant, mood-swifting mindtrip into the world of William S. Burroughs...and what better than to hear arrousing and exciting tales of moral decadence, science fiction atroscities, the convictions of racism and prejudice, flowing dream imagery, political ideas & warnings, and frequent contradictions resulting in poetic tales that defy explanation and expand yr. conciousness. After being told in his deadpan spooky and signature voice to tape, they are adapted to an eclectic arrangement of classical orchestra, John Cale's keyboard weirdness, Sonic Youth's cataclysimc subway noise, and various other contributions that work well with the stories...
Some of the best are hard to pick out, but there are highlights: the reading of a particularly hanuting excerpt from Naked Lunch involving The Black Market Cafe done to shadowy chamber music will send chills down yr. spine, the short story Where He WAs Going which flows along at a snail's pace pulling you into the mind of a worried bank robber knowing death is creeping around the corner (and this one has great ending, plus organ music, and the overall effect will leave a mark on yr. mind), the readings of the Bible are amusing and not meant to be taken seriously, but the best prize here is his nearly 10 minute telling of the Apocalypse done to some sweeping mixes...basically sums up all his post apocalyptic desires in one amazing track.
The rest are just as interesting, his political theories are expressed in "No More Stalins, No More Hitlers" and the classic sardonic peice "A THanksgiving Prayer" which since Burroughs is neither a Christian or celebrates that holiday you can guess the idea. "Bryon Gysin's All-Purpose Bedtime Story" includes some great short philosophies: "Control is controlled by it's need to control." and the idea that this universe is a glob of spit on it's way to the floor...SPLAT! "Love Your Enemies" will send jollies down yr. loins and laughing devices if nothing else...when he says love your enemies, he means it in a different light. "Kill THe Badger" is just plain sad, "A New way To Measure..." is unsettling somewhat, and that German song he sings at the end is simply odd.
Basically, this is Burroughs' mind done to music. It's tour de force...whiter and redder than life.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a man of our everything 5 Mar 2001
By Fran Franville - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Some elderly people can't be thought to have a past as a teenage hood or anything. William S. Burroughs isn't like that. He has seen it all as a real person, not another "old person". His words change anyone. This cd lets you hear the words of the genius himself. It is a must buy.
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