Buzzing: Second life for Naked Lunch recordings

Second life for Naked Lunch recordings

Near the end of his life, American novelist William S. Burroughs was recorded reading some of the most shocking sections of Naked Lunch, his 1959 novel that follows the descent of a drug addict into the underworld, for a release that paired the passages with experimental music. He died in August 1997 at age 83.

More than 20 years later, those surreal recordings - which featured music from guitarist and composer Bill Frisell, along with pianist Wayne Horvitz and violist Eyvind Kang - are getting a second life as an album with an assist from independent musician King Khan.

Billed as psychedelic spoken word, Let Me Hang You will be released on July 15 via King Khan's new label, with updated ambient accompaniment for the author.

The fictional destruction of iconic cities such as New York on the big screen is commonplace. But now, the skyline of Singapore, represented by Marina Bay Sands, is being featured in such a scenario in one of the posters (left) of the upcoming Indepe
The fictional destruction of iconic cities such as New York on the big screen is commonplace. But now, the skyline of Singapore, represented by Marina Bay Sands, is being featured in such a scenario in one of the posters (above) of the upcoming Independence Day: Resurgence. The movie opens in Singapore on June 23. PHOTO: TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2016, with the headline 'Buzzing'. Print Edition | Subscribe