Final Academy 2012

Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury, London. October 27th, 2012, 8pm. £8/7.50 adv.

This event honours The Final Academy which took place in London 30 years ago this October, and which featured William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, and Psychic TV.

Organised by Joe Ambrose, FINAL ACADEMY / 2012 will feature:

  • The movie Words of Advice: William S. Burroughs On The Road
  • Language Virus by Raymond Salvatore Harmon with music by Philipe Petite
  • William Burroughs, 1914-1997 by Gerard Malanga
  • Spoken word performance by Scanner & Tony White

FINAL ACADEMY / 2012 will be marked by the publication of ‘Academy 23’ (WhollyBooks), an anthology edited by Matthew Levi Stevens featuring Jack Sargeant, Joe Ambrose, Gerard Malanga, and John  Balance (Coil)


Words of Advice (Dir. Lars Movin, Steen Møller Rasmussen) features previously unseen footage of Burroughs on tour in the late 80s, plus rare home movies of Burroughs in Kansas towards the end of his life. Contributors include Patti Smith, John Giorno, Islamic Diggers, and Bill Laswell.

Scanner is one of the leading electronic musicians of his generation. In 2004 he was commissioned by Tate Modern to create their first sonic art work. He is a contributing editor to

Raymond Salvatore Harmon is a distinguished American graffiti artist, painter, and filmmaker. Utilizing new media, urban art, and interactive architecture in coordination with public performance, graffiti style ad bombing, and web based social engineering Harmon’s work has carved out an over-arching form of contemporary media insurgency.

Gerard Malanga was, according to the New York Times “Warhol’s most important associate.” A poet and photographer, Malanga’s best known photographs feature his friends Iggy Pop, William Burroughs, and Bob Dylan.

Joe Ambrose directed the movie Destroy All Rational Thought featuring William Burroughs and co-produced the album 10% featuring Marianne Faithfull, John Cale, Paul Bowles, William Burroughs, and Scanner.

Further information: Joe Ambrose [email protected]

Photograph of William S. Burroughs © Allen Ginsberg Estate, used with kind permission of the Estate. Available in high res file.

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