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A Reading by John Giorno & William Burroughs, Nov. 7, 1974

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 79 min
Event Type: Spoken Word Program Origin: KPFA

Charles Amirkhanian and Victor Bedoian introduce a live reading before an audience of over 1,000 at the Pauley Ballroom of U. C. Berkeley given by America's most noted writers, William S. Burroughs and John Giorno. Giorno (b. 1936) reads his newest work "Subduing Demons in America" and his "Suicide Sutra.” Burroughs reads excerpts from "Nova Express,” "The Wild Boys" and other works.

Warning: Contains scatological phraseology and other obscenities

Musical Selections:  Subduing Demons in America (1974) (29:04) / John Giorno -- Suicide Sutra (ca. 1973) (7:56) / John Giorno -- Nova Express [excerpt] (c. 1964) (2:54) / William S. Burroughs -- Cities to the Red Night: Virus B-23 [a work in progress, finally published in 1981] (9:04) / William S. Burroughs -- The Wild Boys [excerpt] (c. 1971) (23:56) / William S. Burroughs
Genres:  Poetry; Literature
Subject:  Poetry; Literature, Experimental; Cut-ups (Literary form); Spoken word; Homosexuality; Drug abuse
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Bedoian, Victor; Burroughs, William S., 1914-1997; Giorno, John
Recording Date:  11/7/1974
First Broadcast Date:  11/7/1974
 
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