Towards the end of his long and picaresque life, Billy Burroughs had become such an in-demand photographic accessory for the rock star du jour that the astounding body of work that had made him so notable in the first place was starting to slip dangerously into the shadow of his alternative celebrity status.
Musicians quite literally seemed to be queuing up to be snapped standing next to him, all lined, grim-set visage, grey felt hat and optional firearm (him, not them). Christ, it’s like some demented vision of Stars on 45: David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Frank Zappa, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, Jimmy Page, Husker Dü, Debbie Harry, Kurt Cobain, The Police, Tom Waits, Sonic Youth, Madonna; the list goes on and on and on.
In some ways it’s just as well that
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