Abdeslam Boukhzar of the Master Musicians of Joujouka RIP

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Master Musician of Joujouka Abdeslam Boukhzar (1946-2019). Abdeslam was an iconic force in Joujouka and the keeper of a repository of mountain folk songs that made him legendary in the Ahl Srif mountains. He had a long career in the music of the village and worked with numerous musicians over his long tenure as a Master Musician. Abdeslam participated in the 40th Anniversary of Brian Jones Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival in 2008 and toured with the Master Musicians of Joujouka playing on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival, UK in 2011 and […]

John Giorno RIP 1936-2019

Artist, poet and activist for LGBTQ+ rights John Giorno has died, aged 82. Giorno visited Joujouka and spent time with the Master Musicians of Joujouka in the 1960s. Born in New York City in 1936, John Giorno was an American poet and performance artist. Having appeared in Andy Warhol film Sleep in 1963, Giorno went on to found the not-for-profit production company Giorno Poetry Systems and masterminded a number of original multimedia poetry experiments and events, including Dial-A-Poem. Giorno met William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin in 1964 and spent time with Gysin in Morocco in 1966 when they visited […]

Event In Paris To Celebrate 60 Years Since Brion Gysin And William S. Burroughs Cut-Up Experiments At The Beat Hotel

It Is Impossible To Estimate The Damage will mark the 60th anniversary since Brion Gysin and William S. Burroughs’ experiments with the Cut-Up during their residence at the Beat Hotel in Paris. The gathering will be held in Paris on 1st October 2019 at 9 Rue Gît-le-Cœur, the location of the old Beat Hotel, ahead of a series of events to celebrate the Cut-Ups@60 next year organised by the European Beat Studies Network. The event will be hosted by Barry Miles, Oliver Harris and Frank Rynne. Brion Gysin moved to the Beat Hotel in 1958 following the closure of The […]