By John Geiger
Gysin’s principles motivated generations of artists, musicians and writers, between them David Bowie, Keith Haring, Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Genesis P-Orridge, John Giorno and Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones. None used to be touched extra profoundly than William S. Burroughs, who stated admiringly of Gysin: “There was once anything risky approximately what he was once doing.
”It used to be Gysin who brought the Rolling Stones to the exotica of Morocco and took Stones’ guitarist Brian Jones to Jajouka the place he recorded the tribal musicians acting the Pipes of Pan. It used to be Gysin who supplied the cannabis fudge recipe released in Alice B. Toklas’ cookbook, promising “ecstatic reveries and extensions of one’s character on a number of simultaneous planes.” It used to be Gysin who brought Burroughs to an automated writing approach referred to as the cut-up, a literary progenitor to sampling. And it was once Gysin who developed—with Ian Sommerville, the Dream Machine—a equipment that allowed humans, with the flick of a swap, to entry altered states of attention with no drugs.Working with the authorization of Gysin’s literary executor, William S. Burroughs, John Geiger has produced the first-ever biography of the painter, poet, piper Brion Gysin.
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Nothing Is True-Everything is Permitted: The Life of Brion Gysin by John Geiger