Brion Gysin record covers


Shots (1977) by Steve Lacy.

Continuing an occasional series about artists or designers whose work has been used on record sleeves. The life and work of Brion Gysin (1916–1986) is the subject of a new exhibition, Unseen Collaborator, that opened last week at October Gallery, London. The gallery page mentions Gysin’s connections to the music world: among other things, it was Gysin’s enthusiasm for the Master Musicians of Jajouka that gave those people and their music global prominence, with a little help from Brian Jones. But there are other connections, whether as a collaborator with Steve Lacy, or as a decorator of album covers. Some of these uses are posthumous but this small collection includes a few releases I’d not come across before.


Troubles (1979) by The Steve Lacy Quintet.


Orgy Boys (1982) by Brion Gysin.

A 12-inch single with Gysin reading from William Burroughs and his own writings. “Songs dedicated to his orgy pals: William S. Burroughs, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Fafa de Palaminy, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg and John Giorno…”


The Roots Of The Moment (1988) by Pauline Oliveros.


The Hafler Trio & Thee Temple Ov Psychick Youth Present Brion Gysin’s Dreamachine (1989).

Recordings “specially designed to enhance the effect of Brion Gysin’s Dreamachine”.


Songs (1990) by Steve Lacy & Brion Gysin.


Metabolic (1990) by City Of Worms.

A cassette album using Gysin’s Peggy’s Window on the Grand Canal (1962) for the cover. “To be used with the dreamachine.”


Self-Portrait Jumping (1993) by Brion Gysin.

One of Crammed Discs’ Made To Measure releases.


Brion Gysin – Recordings 1960-81 (1995).


Paul Bowles Reads ‘A Hundred Camels In The Courtyard’ (1999).


The Man Who Tried To Disappear (2003) by The Hafler Trio.


Dreamachines (2013) by John Zorn.

A Gysin-themed album with Gysin paintings under the Dreamachine cover. Great design by Chippy (Heung-Heung Chin).

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Previously on { feuilleton }
Brion Gysin’s walk, 1966