Acevedo: This was a collaboration with Andy Warhol's associate, Billy Name. Billy had been the Factory photographer from 1963-68. The original photo was a production still of actress Edie Sedgwick on the set of one of Warhol's films. I first met Billy in September 1995 at the original Gavin Browne's Enterprise down on Broome Street in West Soho. Billy was having a show that night and my friend Oliver Rish invited me to it. I didn't see him again for almost a year later, when I attended a party at the Gershwin Hotel on East 27 Street just off Fifth Ave. I found this whole Post Warhol - pseudo Chelsea Hotel-Max Kansas City-CBGBS scene going on. A few of the originals, like Gerard Malanga or punk photographer Lee Childers Black would turn up and also a lot of peripherals, who sort of made up the '90s Victor Bockris crowd.
One night, they had a book signing party for the
re-release of Bockris' book on Burroughs subtitled something like Notes
from the Bunker. As a kind of performance piece, in the middle of the
noisy crowd they telephoned Bill back in Kansas. I recall them sticking
a microphone to the receiver but you couldn't hear much. It was never
clear if it was really Burroughs or just a bad tape recording. I tend
to believe it was the real thing - years later I saw the same stunt documented
in a film about the Beats, this time Ginsberg made the call, but that
time the tech was well organized.