William S Burroughs
In 1980, Genesis P-Orridge and Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson (then of Throbbing Gristle) traveled to New York City to meet up at The Bunker, the fortified apartment of famed beat writer and cultural pioneer William S. Burroughs and his executor James Grauerholz. There they started the daunting task of compiling the experimental sound works of Burroughs, which up to that point, had never been heard.
During those visits, Burroughs would play back his tape recorder experiments featuring his spoken word “cut-ups”, collaged field recordings from his travels, and his flirtations with EVP recording techniques, which were influenced by Latvian intellectual Konstantins Raudive. Throughout the next year, P-Orridge, Christopherson, and Grauerholz spent countless hours compiling various edits. Each collection showcased Burroughs sensitive ear and keen prowess for audio experimentation within the confines of his technical limitations.
By the time 1981 came around, Burroughs had relocated to Lawrence, KS in hopes of escaping the violence and mania of New York City life. It is in Lawrence that P-Orridge and Christopherson put the finishing touches on the record that would be known as Nothing Here Now But The Recordings.
The album originally came out in the spring of 1981 as the last release put out by Industrial Records, a label that dissolved in conjunction with the dissolution of Throbbing Gristle. After its initial release, the album remained out of print until 1998 when John Giorno and Giorno Poetry Systems included the album on a multi-disc retrospective CD box set that compiled the majority of Burroughs seminal recordings.
Dais Records is honored to have worked with the Estate of William S. Burroughs to finally reissue, for the first time since its original release in 1981, Nothing Here Now But The Recordings in its original vinyl format, fully re-mastered from the original master tapes in a limited edition of 1,000 copies.