Brion Gysin Dreamachine UK Launch @ Modern Panic III (2012)
Highlights from the UK launch of the Brion Gysin Dreamachine, featuring interviews with Daevid Allen (Gong, Soft Machine) & Rikki Stein (managed Fela Kuti, brought Jimi Hendrix to Europe) and a speech by Terry Wilson (writer/collaborator with Brion Gysin and William S Burroughs). Directed & Edited by Tom Cottey.
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BBC Radio 4 - The Beat Hotel [30mins]
First broadcast: Thursday 29 November 2012, 11.30am
Professor Andrew Hussey tells the story of how a dirty, run-down hotel in the medieval heart of Paris became in the late 1950s and early 1960s a bohemian mecca, attracting some of the most important figures of the Beat Generation. And not only did those individuals live there, they also thrived among the more liberal social attitudes than they'd grown up with in America, creating some of their most important work. Allen Ginsberg wrote much of Kaddish, William Burroughs completed Naked Lunch, Gregory Corso wrote BOMB; it was here that the famous cut-up technique so important to Burroughs and so influential on modern culture was invented by Bryon Gysin, and also the place where the Dream Machine - a means of inducing drug free hallucinations - was developed by Burroughs' lover Ian Sommerville.
Andrew will also show that the Beats were much more engaged with their French surroundings than has previously been thought, meeting many of the most important European artists of the day and witnessing the frequent violence that the Algerian War brought with it to the streets in their immediate vicinity. He will make clear that the Beat movement - so often identified as strictly American in its focus - was in fact passionately internationalist and a key influence in global avant-garde political aesthetics.
Presenter: Professor Andrew Hussey
Producer: Geoff Bird.
Source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01p0sb1