Junk and Gray Poem by Kerouac

From William S. Burroughs’ “Junky” – his first book.

Birth Of The Cool explores some of the drug related excerpts from "Junky". In "Junky" William S Burroughs portrays the drug scene from a user’s perspective – that characteristic dry wit and blunt honesty, already developing the ‘routines’ that were to be his signature voice from his later novel, "Naked Lunch".

Having later won rock star status from "Junky", William S Burroughs later appeared on stage with U2, R.E.M. and Kurt Cobain, and in films like Gus Van Sant’s “Drugstore Cowboys”.

He enjoyed countless interdubs in the music world and was a inimitable reader of his own works – he started being published relatively late, and thereafter never stopped.