William S Burroughs, notorious author of 'Naked Lunch', toured Europe with his jazz group in the early seventies causing mayhem - and getting in trouble with the law - everywhere he went. Okay, this is all made up - but imagine what it would have been like if he'd had an avant-garde jazz sideline like this... imagine the utter, utter noise!
The text on this concert poster reads:
William S Burroughs Free Jazz Quintet, Live in Europe 1971-2. December 1971 14/London/Heathrow Airport (detained for questioning)/16/Roundhouse/17/Liverpool/ Philharmonic Hall/19/Amsterdam/Skiphol Airport (detained for questioning)/20/Paradiso. January 1972 7/West Berlin/Tegel Airport (detained for questioning)/8/Konzerthaus/9/Bonn/ Beethovenhalle/11/Venice/La Fenice (subject to structual assessment)/13/Paris/Hotel Montmartre (arrested)/17/Charles de Gaulle Airport (deported).
'…I can feel the heat closing in...' The Western Hemisphere's most subversive jazz combo bring their unmistakable brand of honking, gratuitous chaos to a Europe quivering fleshily on the verge of total economic, psychic and moral breakdown. '…This,' says Burroughs, '…is a sound you can smell.'
The William S Burroughs Free Jazz Quintet are: Burroughs (alto sax, orgone energy, surprise percussion), Benway (demoralization), Hassan (liquefaction), Hauser (piano, heat), O'Brien (other piano, further heat).
[Burroughs fans will recognise those last four names as characters from 'Naked Lunch'. Look them up... or maybe don't if you've just eaten.]
Size: 16.5 x 11.5 inches, 42 x 29.7 cm
Professionally printed on 200gsm/120lb premium archival heavy silk paper
Shipped in a sturdy mailing tube
The print is sold unframed (the frame in the photo - a standard 40 x 50cm IKEA RIBBA frame - is for illustrational purposes only)
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