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Dinner With Blondie... and William Burroughs

Victor Bockris, New Music News, 24 May 1980

2010 NOTE: I taped this dinner party for William Burroughs, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein for my book With William Burroughs: A Report from the Bunker. It was in the fall of 1979, shortly after Blondie had released Eat to the Beat, which contained that strange track called 'Victor'. I was trying to introduce Bill Burroughs to my punk rock friends, because I thought there was a rich connection between the beats and the punks (See my book Beat Punks). Debbie and Chris were perfect examples of this cross-pollination. Like me, they came from beatnik roots that had been watered by the British Invasion rock of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and its US division Bob Dylan. Anyway, Bill dug it special and we laughed and laughed until I fell out of my chair. As soon as I finished the Burroughs book I started writing Making Tracks: The Rise of Blondie, with Debbie and Chris.

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