There's a brilliant idea behind Casey Rae's William S. Burroughs and the Cult of Rock 'n' Roll, which is that if you simply follow Burroughs through the rock 'n' roll years you'll see him achieve a flickering ubiquity - lurking here, eavesdropping there, photobombing the whole parade. It becomes a kind of alternative history
The ultimate guide to Burroughs as counter-cultural contagion
A timely reminder of the Pope Of Dope's influence on good music as well as tedious transgressive sludge. "Once you start looking, Burroughs is everywhere," Rae writes. "It's like a game of Where's WaMo? with a killer soundtrack.'