William S. Burroughs

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    John Sinclair on the Beats, poetry and weed

    Before John Sinclair founded the White Panthers, managed the MC5 and did time for giving an undercover cop two joints as a Christmas present, he read Jack Kerouac's On the Road as a junior in high school -- and he says his life started. Sinclair will be at the Mercury Cafe on Friday, February 7 as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2013

    R.I.P., Lou Reed

    One of the largest looming and most influential icons in the history of rock and roll, Lou Reed died on Sunday at the age of 71. No word has been received regarding the cause of Reed's death, though the "Walk On The Wild Side" songwriter did recently undergo a liver transplant last May that nearly c ... More >>

  • News

    October 24, 2013
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    October 10, 2013

    Bob Saget on celebrity, his testicles and how Funniest Home Videos created YouTube

    Anyone over 25 remembers him as heroic single dad Danny Tanner on Full House, or the jolly host of America's Funniest Home Videos. But anyone plugged into standup comedy over the last decade also knows him as the desperately foul-mouthed comic with jokes so vivid and foul he makes William Burroughs ... More >>

  • Film

    January 31, 2013
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    May 14, 2012

    The Rolling Stones' Exile On Main Street turns 40

    By the spring of 1971, the heroes of the '60s were dropping like flies. The Beatles had broken up, Angela Davis and Timothy Leary were on the run, and meanwhile everyone in California was becoming born again Christians. The previous autumn, Jimi Hendrix asphyxiated on half-digested sleeping pills an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Weekend's best live music bets, 4/20 edition: Levitate, Cypress Hill, Das Racist and more

    See Also: A 4/20 playlist from Westword's marijuana critic William Breathes Happy 4/20! Welcome to the end of another work week. As always, there are plenty of music options to consider this weekend -- and that's whether you're living the Mile High life or not. The second edition of the annual Levi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Velvet Underground & Nico turns 45 today

    "The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought one formed a band." This quote has been attributed to both Brian Eno and Peter Buck (of REM) -- no one is completely certain who said it first, but that's not the point. The fact remains that The Velvet Underground ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Ten greatest monster songs that are not 'Monster Mash'

    Werewolves of London, probably the best picture disc ever released.​So October (or Monstober if you're into annoying nicknames) is the month of monsters, when we take an evening to support kids in dressing up like their favorite killing beast and threaten neighbors for candy, and adults in dre ... More >>

  • Music

    July 10, 2008

    Matmos Makes Quite a Pair

    Partnered on stage and off, Martin Schmidt and Drew Daniel make beautiful music from strange sounds.

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2007
  • News

    October 7, 2004

    The Chiva Game

    American hunger for black-tar heroin has made downtown Denver the land of opportunity for immigrant dealers.

  • Culture

    April 3, 2003

    A Grand Guy

    How Steven Soderbergh kept the Terry Southern tale from turning tragic

  • Music

    July 11, 2002


    Every second counts in the merry old land of Dark Oz.

  • Music

    August 30, 2001

    Bumpa Crop

    From Moroccan-flavored psycho-trance to furious superfunk, Critters Buggin cross space and time zones with their music.

  • News

    July 26, 2001

    Bleep That

    The FCC's fining of a Colorado radio station is giving broadcasters headaches from coast to coast.

  • News

    December 7, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of December 7, 2000

  • Music

    June 8, 2000

    Bang! Bang! You're Alive

    Stumbling down memory lane with the late Lester Bangs.

  • Music

    October 28, 1999

    Poison Pen

    Jeff Tweedy moves Wilco further toward perfect pop...and perfect despair.

  • Music

    February 25, 1999

    All Mixed Up

    Vienna's Kruder & Dorfmeister have become many superstars' remixers of choice.

  • Music

    February 18, 1999

    Ghost Story

    DJ Spooky is writing one of hip-hop's most mesmerizing chapters.

  • Music

    October 15, 1998

    Less Is More

    Singer-songwriter Micah Ciampa proves that good music can be made on a low budget.

  • Film

    September 17, 1998
  • Music

    August 20, 1998

    Native Intelligence

    Robbie Robertson digs into his past so he can move into the future.

  • News

    August 13, 1998

    The Howls That Jack Built

    Gerald Nicosia has spent a decade challenging the disposition of Jack Kerouac's $20 million literary estate. Along the way, he's annoyed most of what remains of the beat generation.

  • News

    February 26, 1998
  • Film

    August 1, 1996
  • Music

    October 4, 1995
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    March 22, 1995
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    March 1, 1995



  • Music

    March 1, 1995