© Peter Ross
John Giorno

© Peter Ross

John Giorno

Born in 1936, in New-York (United States of America)


A cult figure of the New York underground scene (he is the sleeper in Warhol’s "Sleep"), a member of the beat generation, artist and poet, John Giorno founded the "Giorno Poetry System" label.

Between 1965 and the late 1980s he produced more than 40 albums including the first recordings by William Burroughs, Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Andy Warhol and Bryon Gysin, to name just a few of the many writers and artists he frequented at the time. Today, he still believes that poetry must be present at all times in life, and accessible to everyone.

Selected Bibliography

Michaud, Alain. Beat generation : New York, San Francisco, Paris : [exposition, Paris, Centre Pompidou, 22 juin-3 octobre 2016, Karlsruhe, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, 2017]. Paris : Centre Pompidou, 2016.

Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Palais : magazine : Ugo Rondinone : I love John Giorno Paris, n°22, octobre 2015.

Obrist, Hans Ulrich ; Arsène-Henry, Charles ; Basar, Shumon... [et al.], « Propos recueillis d’après l’entretien de John Giorno avec Hans Ulrich Obrist » in Hans Ulrich Obrist interviews. Volume 2. Milan : Charta, 2010, p. 422-434.

Burroughs, William ; Etienne, Jean-René... [et al.]. Il faut brûler pour briller. Romainville : Al Dante, 2003.

Giorno, John ; Seward Burroughs, William ; Etienne, Julie. You got to burn to shine : new & selected writings. New York : High Risk Books, 1994. 

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