Stockholm, Trapart Books, 2018. Paperback, 382 pages. New.
Brion Gysin (1916-1986) is one of the most celebrated of the American ‘Beat’ poets. Best-known for his discovery (with William S. Burroughs) of the Cut-Up technique and the invention of the Dream Machine, he has been long been associated with the development of the counter-culture both in America and Europe. One of the artists he inspired and came to work directly with is Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, with whom he worked on several avant garde projects. Brion Gysin His Name was Master is a collection of transcribed interviews with and essays about Gysin, by Genesis P-Orridge, Peter Christopherson, and Jon Savage. Edited by Andrew M. Mckenzie and with a publisher’s introduction from Carl Abrahamsson, this collection affords a fascinating glimpse into the life and interests of Gysin, P-Orridge. Touching on many themes which will be of interest to counter-culturalists and occultists alike, this collection is a must for anyone with an interest in the Beats, the avant garde, William S. Burroughs and occultural developments in the latter half of the twentieth century.