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40 Years Gone

On this day in 1975 William Burroughs was tasked with interviewing Zeppelin’s pied piper for Crawdaddy magazine (image from the cover pictured below). As Tom Nissley writes in his book, A Reader’s Book of Days, True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year (2014): “The next day at his apartment, he offered Page a session in his Reichian orgone accumulator, which the guitarist declined, and a cup of tea, which he accepted, and they discussed soccer riots, Moroccan trance music, death rays, Brian Jones, and the possibility of constructing an actual stairway to heaven.”

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By John Scanlan

John Scanlan is the Series Editor of Reverb with Reaktion Books.