Boomkat Product Review:
Fascinating compilation offering unprecedented access to Anthony Burgess’ personal life via the first and last known recordings of the late, great writers’ voice alongside domestic incidents, rehearsals and answering machine messages, plus “remixes” by Chris Watson, Vicky Clarke, Scanner, David Birchall, and Guy-Marc Hinant a.o.
The ‘Archives’ LP reveals Burgess’ gifts as a linguist and musician, as well as his engrossing views on everything from The Beatles to Stanley Kubrick, while the ‘Remix’ disc finds him chopped into a disarray of styles, including highlights in Roy Claire Potter & Kieron Piercy’s ‘Adjrust’, Marion Harrison’s witty cut-up ‘Janet and Howard Are In the Audience’, and the gauzy collage of Scanner’s ‘Whilst his piano gently sleeps’.
“Anthony Burgess's second wife Liana carried a cassette recorder with her at all times to capture her life with the author and their son Andrew. This extraordinarily intimate audio archive of over 1,000 cassettes now sits with the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and artist Alan Dunn has been granted access to select excerpts from it and curate sonic conversations from others.
Born in Manchester in 1917, Anthony Burgess was educated at Xaverian College in that city and at Manchester University. He served in the army from 1940 to 1946 and as an education officer in Malaya and Brunei from 1954 to 1959. He published more than 50 books (including 'A Clockwork Orange' and his masterpiece, 'Earthly Powers')
and composed around 250 musical works. He was created a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by President Mitterrand of France and a Commandeur de Mérite Culturel by Prince Rainier of Monaco. He died in London in 1993. His books are still read all over the world.”