Laurie Anderson profiles one of the most extraordinary writers and thinkers of the 20th century. William Burroughs was a leading figure of the Beat generation, hugely influential among musicians and artists from the 1970s to the present day and responsible for the dark side of American culture entering mainstream consciousness.

The programme features recordings of Burroughs's spoken word performances over a soundscape of noise and music from artists whom he inspired.

Broadcast Dates

  • 20080304