William S Burroughs lived here


William S Burroughs lived here

Beatnik junkie William S Burroughs lived and wrote here.

Location: 8 Duke Street, London

Description: This is where beatnik junkie William S Burroughs lived (1967-1974) writing The Ticket that Exploded, The Wild Boys and The Job.

He lived in two different apartments in this building; the first with Brion, the other with his odd partner John Brady.

JG Ballard wrote:

This was in a street called Duke Street, literally about 100 yards from Picadilly Circus. And, of course, this was of interest to him because that's where all the boys used to congregate, in the lavatory of the big Piccadilly Circus Underground station. They had completely taken it over. It was quite a shock for a heterosexual like myself to accidentally stray into this lavatory and to find oneself in what seemed to be a kind of oriental male brothel. He obviously found that absolutely fascinating.

It was from here that he joined the scientologycult, helping to find new members. On becoming disillusioned he said he used to fire an air pistol at photo's of it's founder L Ron Hubbard at his flat here.

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William S Burroughs lived here

Beatnik junkie William S Burroughs lived and wrote here.

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