Casey Rae's book connects the biography of William S. Burroughs to a wide range of musical production that has been influenced both directly and indirectly by his work. In doing so, the book is a valuable catalog of Burroughs's late twentieth-century cultural influence even as it balances the need to describe his influence with the linguistically embedded tendency to mythopoeticize when it comes to Burroughs. The tension, between the Romantic and the radical, is perhaps the most persistent characteristic of Burroughs's cultural reception. Rae's book admirably explores this strain, and offers an entertaining narrative in doing so.

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