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.