RE/SEARCH No. 4/5. William S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin.
RE/SEARCH No. 4/5

RE/SEARCH No. 4/5

San Francisco, CA: Betty Thomas & Scott Summerville, 1982. First Printing. Softcover. This double number of the literary-cultural journal published by Betty Thomas & Scott Summerville & edited by "Vale" is "A Special Book Issue" that delves deeply into three subjects: William S. Burroughs, Father of the Beat Generation, among the greatest & most subversive literary & cultural figures of all time; Brion Gysin, the artist & writer who co-invented the cut-up method with WSB & was his closest collaborator; & the industrial-nihilistic experimental musical group Throbbing Gristle, influenced greatly by WSB (as with so many) & led by Genesis P-Orridge, who passed away recently as of this writing. The first section is dedicated to WSB & features an excerpt from The Revised Boy Scout Manual (recently published in its entirety for the first time), excerpts from mostly contemporary published & in-progress writings including the great later novels Cities of the Red Night & The Place of Dead Roads, a very lengthy & insightful interview conducted by R/S & an article by WSB on Gysin's cut-up method. The second section is devoted to Gysin & includes two interviews including one co-conducted by P-Orridge, several excerpts from his book Here to Go: Planet R-101, & an essay about Gysin by Terry Wilson. The third section is all about Throbbing Gristle, with three interviews including one exclusively of P-Orridge conducted by editor Vale, Chronology & Discography, & more. With many historic & then-current photographs of the legendary subjects throughout; as well as provocative, imaginative collage artworks that accompany the excerpts. This is the first edition of 1982, large-format softcover original (Schottlaender, C523(A), pg. 77; Shoaf, Section III, No. 318, pg. 155). From the library of Jim McCrary, a poet & educator who was a friend & associate of WSB during his later years in Lawrence, Kansas. A truly classic collectible in the canon of WSB contributions to periodicals, a demonstration of his vast influence, & with rich provenance- it is indeed very likely that WSB himself handled & commented on this copy with his friend McCrary. In near-fine condition (appropriately well-read & consulted) with moderate rubbing, scratching & creasing to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; several small, light (coffee?!) stains on front cover very slightly effecting image of WSB's jacket; moderate rubbing, spotting & mild browning to edges of text block including small bottom of one of the stains described above which slightly bleeds onto blank lower edges of some page leaves. Interior fine with only bleeds just mentioned; tiny bumps at corners of some page leaves. Near Fine. [Item #3562]

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