“John Geiger’s book is a veritable kaleidoscope, capturing the mysterious Gysin in both flattering and unflattering lights, with alternative voices, spicy gossip, reference to the passage of history and to Gysin’s involvement with movements of ideas … Geiger captures well the drama of Gysin’s life.”
“Geiger’s book clips along at a terrific pace … Gossipy and erudite by turns, it provides an illuminating and entertaining glimpse into the bohemian demimonde of literary queens and dope-fiends.”
“Now, finally, the impeccably researched, astute biography that Gysin’s life and work has long demanded.”
“Compelling and sympathetic … Geiger’s biography is just the kind of solid narrative that can galvanize mainstream acceptance.”
Nothing Is True – Everything Is Permitted: The Life of Brion Gysin
Brion Gysin may be the most influential cultural figure of the twentieth century that most people have never heard of. It was Gysin who introduced the Rolling Stones to the exotica of Morocco and took Stones’ guitarist Brian Jones to Jajouka where he recorded the tribal musicians performing the Pipes of Pan. It was Gysin who provided the hashish fudge recipe published in Alice B. Toklas’ cookbook, promising “ecstatic reveries and extensions of one’s personality on several simultaneous planes.” It was Gysin who introduced William S. Burroughs to an automatic writing method called the cut-up, a literary progenitor to sampling. As Burroughs said of Gysin: “There was something dangerous about what he was doing.” This is the first-ever biography of the painter, poet, piper Brion Gysin.