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  Salvage Magazine - Jane Vollmer (1924-1951)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Joan Vollmer's death was a pivotal episode in the history of American counter culture.
"Joan was five foot six, with a heart-shaped face, a small, turned-up nose, soft brown eyes that were set wide apart, and shoulder-length light brown hair with short bangs," Morgan writes, noting that her sense of style was all her own.
One was the gruesome image depicted a deceased Joan Vollmer lying in a hospital bed with a bullet wound in her brow.
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Joan took so much Benzedrine that she hallucinated for an entire week that their downstairs neighbor was plotting to kill his wife, and that all of their surrounding neighbors were suspicious of the rampant drug abuse occurring in the apartment.
She began substituting the amphetamine with alcohol, and told Allen in a letter that she was “Drunk from 8 AM on.” Joan did not seem to mind Bill’s open homosexuality, or didn’t admit as much in public, but Bill’s philandering with the young boys of Mexico City drew scorn from his friend Allen.
Joan Vollmer was pronounced dead on arrival at the Red Cross Hospital.
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 Joan Vollmer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Vollmer was born in a suburb of Albany, New York.
Vollmer met Edie Parker at the West End Bar and the two moved in together in the first of a series of apartments in New York's Upper West Side that they shared with the writers, hustlers and drug addicts that later became known as the Beats.
In absentia, Burroughs was convicted of manslaughter in Vollmer's death.
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Joan Vollmer was an attractive, cynical, and daring young woman in her early twenties, from upstate New York.
By the fall of 1945, William Burroughs and Joan Vollmer were involved with a frenetic Benzedrine-fueled sene around Times Square and the Village, in the course of which Vollmer began to exhibit sidturbing symptoms of dissociati9on and hallucination.
Joan Vollmer was about twenty when she was photographed on the Upper West Side.
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 Beat Bios: Joan Vollmer Adams Burroughs
Joan Vollmer Adams Burroughs was not an artist or writer, but William Burroughs and others credit her with being a powerful inspiration to their work.
Joan Vollmer grew up in Loudonville, New York, a suburb of Albany, where her father managed a large plant, and worked hard to provide his family with the best of everything.
Joan put a glass of water on her head and turned her face away, saying she couldn't stand the sight of blood.
archives.waiting-forthe-sun.net /Pages/ArtisticInfluences/Beats/BeatBios/vollmer_bio.html   (678 words)

Joan has been described as brilliant, versed in philosophy and literature, perceptive with a strong mind and an independent nature.
She thoroughly resisted the status quo and if the Beat Generation stood for cultural rebellion, then Joan Vollmer was the mother of its non-conformism.
Joan, while there at the beginning, breathing life into the vortex, did not see it grow into a cultural phenomenon.
www.cosmicbaseball.com /vollmer7.html   (547 words)

All three relate to Joan Vollmer and of course invoke the William Tell incident in Mexico City.
By the end of Junkie, Joan and Burroughs had "separated." Joan slumping to another world with a flicker of synapses and the flash of a pistol; Burroughs heading down through Hell in search of the final kick pursued by the Ugly Spirit released by that gunshot.
From the late 1940's to 1951, Joan was that audience.
www.burroughs.freehomepage.com /queer.htm   (316 words)

 LitKicks: Joan Vollmer Adams
Joan Vollmer (who had became Joan Vollmer Adams after a brief marriage) carried on a sexual relationship with Burroughs, despite the fact that he was overwhelmingly gay.
The rather pathetic figure she had become is searingly depicted in the New Orleans scenes in Kerouac's 'On The Road.' She and Burroughs lived together for many years in the South, occasionally travelling to Mexico.
The circumstances of this death form the central motif in David Cronenberg's film inspired by 'Naked Lunch.' Joan is played by Judy Davis, who is excellent in the role (as she is in almost every role she plays).
www.litkicks.com /BeatPages/page.jsp?what=JoanVollmerAdams   (574 words)

 Amazon.ca: Beat (2000) (Ws Sub): DVD: Courtney Love,Kiefer Sutherland,Lisa Sheridan,Patricia Llaca,Steve Hedden,Ron ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
This film could have been subtitled 'The story of Joan Vollmer', as it is based around her last months before William S Burroughs - her husband - shot her.
In this version of events, Joan's use of benzedrine (speed) is played down and her rampant addiction and resulting degeneration is never explored, this could be because of the intended general american audience.
At the closing credits, you're left with a feeling that perhaps Joan Vollmer may have emerged alongide the greats of the beat movement had she not been killed.
www.amazon.ca /Beat-Ws-Sub-Courtney-Love/dp/B00006HAXZ   (1204 words)

He was first interested in Joan when they met in 1944, and is still interested in her seven years later even though she's now married and has children.
The film quickly moves to 1951 and Joan and hubby are living in the rundown section of Mexico City with their two youngsters, Billy Jr.
Unfortunately, Joan stayed with her children in Mexico and her fate was sealed in doom when her hubby returned from his sexual tryst in a foul mood because his young lover wasn't freely making love to him -- only twice a week as arranged beforehand.
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 The life of William Burroughs will once again hit the big screen
Cronenberg's film dealt with the birth of William Burroughs, the writer, which was tied to the death of Joan.
Joan and Bill moved to Mexico City in 1949, having out stayed their welcome in the United States.
Ginsberg believed that Joan and Carr loved each other, and Lucien himself told Ginsberg on the trip back to Mexico City that he thought of taking Joan and the children home with him.
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 Date: Mon Jan 31 1994 23:57:00 To: All Subj: Exorcism update SKEPTIC - From +quot;Sunday T
Joan Vollmer, 49, died a year ago during an exorcism which lasted several days at a country property near Dimboola.
When she did not, Mr Vollmer said his faith in God was not diminished.
Mr Vollmer said he believed his wife had been possessed by demons when she came under the control of a satanic cult as a three-year-old.
www.skepticfiles.org /skep2/exorcsmm.htm   (351 words)

 Women of the Beat...Joan Vollmer Biography
Joan soon began ridiculing him in front of their friends because of his effeminacy.
Joan died at 8:30 PM at the Red Cross station in Colonia Roma.
However, he claimed that her death haunted him and was the reason that he became a writer.
www.womenofthebeat.org /JoanVollmer/JoanVollmer2.htm   (254 words)

 Women of the Beat...Joan Vollmer Biography
Like Burroughs, Vollmer ejected the privileged background from which she came.
Vollmer developed a severe addiction to benzedrine while in New York, which eventually caused Adams to divorce her.
She began frequently hallucinating and was committed to Bellevue after the police found her wandering the streets, dazed and incoherent, with young Julie.
www.womenofthebeat.org /JoanVollmer/JoanVollmer.htm   (279 words)

 Message Forum: Re: Happy Not Stupid Day!
In fact, she was already in hot water with the local priest for diagnosing demonic possession in a significant segment of Antwerp's population.
Nuske immediately ordered that Joan Vollmer be bound to the fireplace and insisted that the entire Vollmer house be wrapped with layers of Glad Wrap to protect the people inside from evil.
Nuske, however, decided that this was only part of the exorcism process and kept up the beating, hoping that Joan would rise from the dead, her soul intact.
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 Beat   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Synopsis: William S. Burroughs' ill-fated performance of his "William Tell act" -- resulting in his wife Joan Vollmer getting a bullet in the brain with a shot glass atop her head -- soon became the stuff of Beat legend.
Also frequenting Vollmer's pad is Lucien Carr (Norman Reedus) whom everyone is enamored with, especially Dave Kammerer (Kyle Secor), who winds up dead after trying to jump the object of his affection.
Vollmer and the boys decide to go on a road trip that is brimming with heterosexual tension.
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 Raking Lizards - Drudge Forum
Joan was the amphetamine freak common-law wife of William S. Burroughs.
Everybody else in the house were junkies, so when they were all in bed and the children were asleep and the dishes were washed and the floors were waxed, Joan would still be looking for something to do at three in the morning.
Joan would take a rake into the moonlight and rake the lizards out of the tree.
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She began substituting the amphetamine with alcohol, and told Allen in a letter that she was "Drunk from 8 AM on."
Joan did not seem to mind Bill's open homosexuality, or didn't admit as much in public, but Bill's philandering with the young boys of Mexico City drew scorn from his friend Allen.
It is locked in the buried memories of the "Angel-head Hipstress" and the "Gentleman Junky" forever.
www.angelfire.com /ca2/agentofdiscord/misadventures.html   (2954 words)

 William S. Burroughs
Vollmer Adams was married to a GI with whom she had a young daughter, Julie Adams.
Vollmer also became an addict but her drug of choice was an amphetamine, Benzedrine, which was sold over-the-counter as a decongestant inhalant at that time.
Burroughs later said that shooting Vollmer was a pivotal event in his life, and one which instigated his writing: "I am forced to the appalling conclusion that I would have never become a writer but for Joan's death...I live with the constant threat of possession, for control.
www.languageisavirus.com /bios/William_S_Burroughs.htm   (4725 words)

 BEAT Movie - Production page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The actual apartment where Bill and Joan Burroughs and their two children had lived in Mexico City had been demolished in May, 1998, less than a month before the first scouting trip.
Only a few blocks away was the building that had housed "The Bounty" and upstairs the fateful apartment where Joan and Bill had spent their last evening together.
Joan was regarded as the brightest of the group.
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 "The Death of Joan Vollmer: What Really Happened?" | lawrence.com
Despite his stature among American writers (he was famously lauded by Norman Mailer as "the only living American novelist conceivably possessed by genius"), Burroughs has been damned by many for the drug use that formed the basis of his 1953 novel 'Junky' and for his homosexuality.
James Grauerholz's paper 'The Death of Joan Vollmer: What Really Happened?' documents in the most detailed manner to date the couple's relationship and the circumstances surrounding the event that haunted Burroughs -- publicly and privately -- for the rest of his life.
Though Grauerholz was a close friend of Burroughs, 'The Death of Joan Vollmer' is an impartial search for the truth; it neither exonerates nor convicts Burroughs.
lawrence.com /news/burroughs/story/124737   (618 words)

 BEAT - the Movie   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Unhappy but unwilling to settle for a quick fling with Lucien, Joan toys with him, even floating down stream and leaving the two men to wonder if she has drowned.
Joan’s life with the predominantly gay Burroughs is one of sexual frustration and barely enough money to survive.
As she has often done before, Joan places a glass on her head for Burroughs to shoot off.
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 William Burroughs - Heroin Helper   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Vollmer would be a principal participant in what is probably the one thing Burroughs is best known for: the William Tell Incident.
Burroughs and Vollmer, who was a Benzedrine user, decided to move south where they could better acquire their drugs of choice.
It is said that from time to time, Burroughs and Vollmer would put on a "William Tell" demonstration where he would shoot an apple off of her head.
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 William S. Burroughs
Herbert Huncke and Joan Vollmer Adams joined him, and they all lived together in a state of drug-addled squalor while running the farm and raising two children, one from Joan's first marriage and one the child of Joan and Bill.
Pursued by the law for his drug activities, Burroughs took Joan and the children to Mexico, and it was there that he committed the thoughtless act that would change his life.
Joan put a glass on her head, and he killed her with a single shot.
www.beatmuseum.org /burroughs/williamsburroughs.html   (984 words)

 William Burroughs Page
Of Joan's death, Burroughs commented, "I am forced to the appaling conclusion that I would have never become a writer but for Joan's death...I live with the constant threat of possession, for control.
She loved the man madly, but in a delirious way of some kind; there was never any mooching or mincing around, just talk and a very deep companionship that none of us would ever be able to fathom.
Joan Vollmer Burroughs breathed her last at the nearby Red Cross station in Colonia Roma, while Burroughs waited outside.
www.lucaspickford.com /burrjoan.htm   (1111 words)

 DVD Review - Beat   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Their literary output aside, William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, and Allen Ginsberg led such fascinating lives that it would be impossible to tell their individual or collective life stories and not have it be hallucinatory or at least compelling.
Joan, Lucien and Allen take off to look at a dormant volcano and Burroughs meanders around the jungle, trying to find meaning in his trysts.
Color reproduction is superb, whether it’s noticing Joan’s blood-red lipstick or the lush green of the Mexican jungle.
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 burroughs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Joan Vollmer was the common law wife of William S Burroughs and the mother of his son, William S. Burroughs Jr.
Joan's death made Burroughs aware of the "Ugly Spirit" which sometimes took possession of him.
Burroughs wanted not to describe reality but to transform it through the production of works of literary art that would pour off the page and become not representations but realities in their own right.
drtonymroberts.com /joan.html   (169 words)

 Shooting Joan (Vollmer) Burroughs: William S. Burroughs at home, Lawrence, KS: Photographs William Burroughs with cat, ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Shooting Joan (Vollmer) Burroughs: William S. Burroughs at home, Lawrence, KS: Photographs William Burroughs with cat, Allen Ginsberg, James Grauerholz: Beats in KS Beats In Kansas: The Beat Generation in the Heartland
A divorce occurred before William began the ill-fated relationship with Joan Vollmer Burroughs, the relationship that ended with her death in the infamous "William Tell" shooting in Mexico City.
*"The Death of Joan Vollmer Burroughs," by James Grauerholz, (© 2002 James Grauerholz); on the question of William Burroughs' motives in shooting Joan Burroughs.]
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 William S. Burroughs - Biography - AOL Music
Queer, a similarly upfront examination of homosexuality, was rejected by the publisher and did not surface for several decades.
By the mid-1950s Burroughs, Vollmer and their children had relocated to East Texas to live on a farm; as his descent into heroin addiction worsened, he found himself hounded by authorites, and eventually the family fled to Mexico.
Following the success of their respective On the Road and Howl, both Kerouac and Ginsberg had become media sensations, with the Beat Generation emerging in full force; they tracked Burroughs down in Africa, finding him hopelessly addicted to heroin yet somehow able to write brilliant and wildly experimental fragments of prose.
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