Sunday, June 7, 2009

HERE TO GO: Brion Gysin - His Life, Work & Philosophy - by Terry Wilson

HERE TO GO: The Life, Work and Philosophy of Brion Gysin - By Terry Wilson
Preface by William S. Burroughs

A collection of exclusive interviews with, and writings by, Brion Gysin - Beat writer, artist, mystic and long-term collaborator with William S. Burroughs. Fully illustrated with a preface by Burroughs, Here To Go documents the life and work of one of the 20th century's most neglected writers and visionary artists.

Brion Gysin was a quiet member of the Beat Movement and a close friend of William S. Burroughs, who once said Gysin was the only man he ever respected. Terry Wilson met with Brion Gysin in 1971, and those interviews led to this volume, which includes the text generated at those meetings.

As an interview subject Gysin is all over-the-map, like his work - as he describes the mechanics of the Dreamachine (a stroboscopic device made for producing drug-free hallucinations), explains how the source of all evil is communication and relates in vivid detail his visit to Alamount, the secret mountain fortress of Hassan i Sabbah - leader of the Hash Assassins. An excellent look at an important yet under-rated and lesser known artist, mystic and writer.

Creation Books Edition, 2001 - 246 Page Paperback - b&w Illustrations - Price: $15.00

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