On today (Oct. 20) in 1993 Kurt meets William S. Burroughs. During this first week of the In Utero tour, Alex MacLeod (Tour Manger) drove Kurt Cobain to Lawrence, Kansas, to meet William S. Burroughs. The previous year Kurt had produced a single with Burroughs titled “The Priest They Called Him”, on T/K Records, but they’d accomplished the recording by sending tapes back & forth. “Meeting William was a real big deal for him,” MacLeod remembered. “It was something he never thought would happen.” They chatted for several hours, but Burroughs later claimed the subject of drugs didn’t come up. As Kurt drove away, Burroughs remarked to his assistant. “There’s something wrong with that boy; he frowns for no good reason.”
Burroughs describes the meeting… “I waited & Kurt got out with another man. Cobain was very shy, very polite, & obviously enjoyed the fact that I wasn’t awestruck at meeting him. There was something about him, fragile & engagingly lost. He smoked cigarettes but didn’t drink. There were no drugs. I never showed him my gun collection.” The two exchanged presents — Burroughs gave him a painting, while Cobain gave him a Leadbelly biography that he had signed.