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William S. Burroughs: BBC Documentary

Classic 1983 documentary presented by Alan Yentob

UPDATE: Video has been removed due to copyright restrictions.

Dangerous Minds stumbles across a BBC documentary about American writer William S. Burroughs. Paul Gallagher has more:
Burroughs was originally made in 1983 by Howard Brookner and Alan Yentob, as part of the BBC’s art strand Arena, and updated after Burrough’s death in 1997. It is an exceptional documentary, one that gives an intimate and revealing portrait of Burroughs, as he revisits his childhood home; discusses his up-bringing with his brother, Mortimer; his friendship with Jack Kerouac, Allen Gisnberg, and Brion Gysin; and has a reunion with artist Francis Bacon, who Burroughs knew in Tangier. Other contributors include Laurie Anderson, Terry Southern, Patti Smith, and James Grauerholz. [Read more]

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