A sonic travelogue through the life and times of William S. Burroughs and the musicians whose worlds he transformed.

Published by University of Texas Press, mass market, June 11, 2019.



WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS AND THE CULT OF ROCK 'N' ROLL is an upcoming nonfiction work by Casey Rae—journalist, commentator, music industry executive, musician, and professor at Georgetown University and Berklee College of Music. Part biography and part sonic travelogue, this is the story of how one of America’s most colorful and controversial literary figures became the secret architect of rock ‘n’ roll. Available on June 11, 2019. Order now!

The story begins with William Burroughs’ early days in St. Louis, Missouri, and follows him through the eight decades of his life, focusing on his relationships with and impact on such iconic musicians as Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, and many more.