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William S. BurroughsBreak Through In Grey Room

Label:Sub Rosa – SUB 33005-8
Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre:Electronic, Non-Music, Folk, World, & Country
Style:Cut-up/DJ, Experimental, Spoken Word


A1Ian Sommerville & William S. BurroughsK-9 Was In Combat With The Alien Mind Screens13:29
A2William S. BurroughsOrigin And Theory Of The Tape Cut-Ups3:43
A3Brion GysinRecalling All Active Agents1:25
A4Ian Sommerville & William S. BurroughsSilver Smoke Of Dreams4:50
B1William S. BurroughsJunky Relations2:56
B2Master Musicians Of Jajouka With Ornette ColemanJoujouka1:30
B3William S. BurroughsCurse Go Back1:12
B4William S. BurroughsPresent Time Exercises2:18
B5Master Musicians Of Jajouka With Ornette ColemanJoujouka0:42
B6William S. BurroughsWorking With The Popular Forces2:37
B7William S. BurroughsInterview With Mr. Martin2:59
B8Master Musicians Of Jajouka With Ornette ColemanJoujouka1:26
B9Ian SommervilleSound Piece2:14
B10Master Musicians Of Jajouka With Ornette ColemanJoujouka2:39
B11William S. BurroughsBurroughs Called The Law1:34



Track A1: Early cut-up tapes made by Ian Sommerville and WSB around 1965, probably in New York and London.
Track A2: From a lecture given by WSB at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute, April 20, 1976.
Track A3: Excerpt from tape made in 1960 by Brion Gysin at BBC Studios in London, using BG's permutational technique.
Track A4: Tape made in early 1960's by Ian Sommerville and WSB, using the "drop-in" method.
Track B1: Excerpt from a radio talk by WSB in 1961 in London, "A Day in the Life of a Junky", tape courtesy of the University of Kansas Libraries.
Track B2: Excerpt from live tape made by WSB at the Joujouka Festival in the hills of Morocco with Ornette Coleman, January 18, 1973.
Track B3: From early 1960's tape, WSB chanting an anti-curse.
Track B4: Cassette work by WSB in London, ca. 1971, using radio, television, several tape recorders.
Track B6: WSB cut-ups with Dutch Schultz's last words and news texts, shortwave radio noise, mid-1960's, London.
Track B7: Excerpt, WSB performance at the ICA in London, February 28, 1963; tape courtesy of Gordon C.A. Craig.
Track B9: Produced By Ian Sommerville using the inching technique, 1960's?
Track B11: WSB routine recorded mid-1960's - dropping a dime on the Nova Mob; tape courtesy of the University of Kansas Libraries.

Archival reconstruction by Romana Recording Studios, Kansas, Summer 1986.

Acknowledgements to Peter Christopherson and Genesis P-Orridge, who early recognized the importance of this kind of tapes.
Thanks to Naropa Institute, the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas, the BBC, the ICA & Gordon Craig, London. Special thanks to James Grauerholz for his help in the completion of this record.

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Break Through In Grey Room (CD, Album)Sub Rosa, Sub RosaSUB CD006-8, CD006-8Belgium1987
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Break Through In Grey Room (CD, Album)Sub Rosa, Sub RosaCD006-8, SUB CD006-8Belgium1988
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Break Through In Grey Room (CD, Compilation, Reissue)Sub RosaSUBCD006-8Belgium1994
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Break Through In Grey Room (CD, Album, Reissue)Sub RosaSR08Belgium2001
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Break Through In Grey Room (LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Gatefold)Sub RosaSR V08Belgium2008