Beat Generation writer William S. Burroughs not only hung out with the cool kids in the 1960s, but he continued to collaborate and conspire with great musicians, artists, and directors up until his death in 1997 at the age of 83. Now an impressive group of said former friends and colleagues will appear in forthcoming documentary William S. Burroughs: A Man Within.
The film, which chronicles Burroughs’ life, including his childhood, death of his wife, the 1966 banning of his novel Naked Lunch by the U.S. government, and more, features exclusive interviews with past collaborators, Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Laurie Anderson, Throbbing Gristle’s Genesis P-Orridge, directors John Waters, Gus Van Sant, and David Cronenberg, Jello Biafra, and Stooge Iggy Pop. You seriously should check out the clip of Iggy’s insane commentary in the trailer below.
If that’s not enough to make you want to see this movie, what if I told you that Sonic Youth and Patti Smith provide the soundtrack and it’s narrated by actor Peter Weller? That’s right, RoboCop himself.
Check out the trailer below or go here for the official site.