“Even the Old Dude is Cool!”

William S. Burroughs on the Wheels of Steel and the Silver Screen
By Simon Strong

October 2013
Paperback | 120 pages | 235 x 191 mm | Full colour illustrations


It’s a searing indictment of contemporary publishing that the first full-length survey of WSB’s influential intrusions into the fields of film and music must come from the pen of the world’s most obscure and frustrating experimental novelist. Boasting more than 323 items, this uh idiosyncratic survey is as comprehensive and insightful as it is undisciplined and incoherent, all of which qualities Strong appears to regard as cardinal virtues. If his self-designated mission is to somehow undermine the canon, his inspiration appears to be drawn from the charge of the Light Brigade. Nevertheless, even the most ardent Burroughs scholar will find something new here, even if it’s just been made up for funty laff value. Nice try pal.


This is a clip of the Planet X radio show (on 3CR Melbourne) from 11 July 2013 that inspired Simon to resurrect his WSB project. Hosted by Dr Gonzo, they assess the impact of US experimental novelist William Burroughs on rock n roll since 1910. Includes: Lacalle’s Band – The Dream of the Rarebit Fiend / Ministry – Just One Fix (Beavis and Butthead) / Soft Machine – feelin reelin squeelin / Cabaret Voltaire – do-right / Bomb the Bass – Bug Powder Dust / Red Arnall – Cocaine Blues / Ernest Rodgers – Willie The Chimney Sweeper / William S. Burroughs – Last Words of Hassan I Sabbah / Hawkwind – Hassan i Sabbah.


  1. Jack Sargeant (Naked Lens, Deathtripping etc.)

    There are many Burroughs – countercultural icon, groundbreaking author, artist, theoretician of control and prophet of dark futures and escape possibilities. Simon Strong traces Burroughs through multiple cultural artefacts, drawing links simultaneously actual and imagined between these ebbs and flows, unearthing numerous possibilities and potentialities. This is a book that eschews academia and dry analysis, its roots deep in the counterculture publishing of the sixties and seventies, joyously anarchic and deeply inspirational.

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