ED2011 Book Reviews

Barry Miles – The Counter-Cultural Revolution

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

“Rat Scabies of The Damned,” Barry Miles muses, half-way through a thoroughly entertaining hour. “I remember his mum – she used to come to all their gigs.” It’s this kind of mischievous irreverence that makes Miles such an enjoyable interviewee; tales of Mrs Scabies are bookended between anecdotes about finding corpses at the Chelsea Hotel and helping William S. Burroughs assemble his famous novel ‘Queer’. Miles has had a fascinating life: from Beat poets to punks, he spent time with them all. The only sticking point is that chair Iain Macwhirter takes 30 minutes of audience questions at the end; Barry Miles has so many great stories to tell that the full 60 minutes would barely have done them justice.

RBS Corner Theatre, 29 Aug, 3.30pm (4.30pm), £5.00 – £7.00, bfpp55.