#6: Call Me Burroughs LP

“#6 – Call Me Burroughs LP – The English Bookshop (1965). An Installment in Jed Birmingham’s series of the The Top 23 Most Interesting Burroughs Collectibles. Your finger runs along a series of spines searching for a hot track. Ah, there is one. You pull out the sleeve. A few taps. Lift the arm. Drop the needle. The snap, crackle and pop, this hiss are a prelude; there is an air of anticipation. Then you slump back as the warm sound that can only come from vinyl washes over your entire body and soul. The lives of vinyl junkies are full of ritual. Like with Bukowski collectors, I am envious of those deeply into music.  I have a friend who is a major Beach Boys collector specializing in the band’s formative years. He has been chasing those good vibrations for decades. His collection formed the basis for an obsessive and exhaustively researched book on the topic. I find that his level of obsession is not unusual among those drawn to the siren song of popular music, be it 78 collectors, Beatlemaniacs, Dylanologists, or punk enthusiasts. I just finished reading The Dylanologists, a book about those who worship at the Church of Bob. Dylan was no sub-genius and his legions of followers (usually dudes) are fucking touched alright. Hey, I realize I am a Burroughsian and may be perceived as over the top, but these guys are downright insane. That is how it is with obsessives, you always compare yourself to the other guy and you never consider yourself ‘that guy.’ You always assure yourself that your personal quirks are normal. At least you are not a weirdo. That said I am extremely envious of ‘that guy’ and his dedication, drive, and passion. There are those who build a life with and around collecting. They archive to survive. Then there are those who have burnt out in their efforts to prevent history from fading away. Preservation leading to self-destruction. Like many, I am fascinated by the cult of 27: Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Kurt Cobain. Not surprisingly I find the self-destructive aspects of collecting darkly seductive. Hording is alluring. Like a car crash. I am not a vinyl junkie. Of course, I have a small collection of vinyl. … I have a friend who is a vinyl dealer and he had some Burroughs LPs: ‘Jed, you interested? Wanna taste?” Why the hell not? Wouldn’t you? What harm could it do? Everybody else does it, why shouldn’t I? This led to collecting spoken word albums generally.’ …”
William S. Burroughs and the Cult of Rock ‘n’ Roll
Graded on a Curve: William S. Burroughs, Call Me Burroughs
W – Call Me Burroughs
YouTube: Call Me Burroughs :: Bradley The Buyer, Mr Bradley Mr Martin Hear Us Through The Hole In Thin Air, Inflexible Authority, Thing Police Keep All Boardroom Reports, The Fish Poison Con, Uranian Willy

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