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Season of the witch : how the occult saved rock and roll

Author: Peter Bebergal
Publisher: New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, a member of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the hoodoo-inspired sounds of Elvis Presley to the Eastern odysseys of George Harrison, from the dark dalliances of Led Zeppelin to the Masonic imagery of today's hip-hop scene, the occult has long breathed life into rock and hip-hop--and, indeed, esoteric and supernatural traditions are a key ingredient behind the emergence and development of rock and roll ... [and in this book] writer and critic Peter
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Bebergal
ISBN: 9780399167669 0399167668 9780399174964 0399174966
OCLC Number: 884570993
Description: xxxiii, 252 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: We are all initiates now --
(You make me wanna) shout --
Relax and float downstream --
The devil rides out --
The tree of life --
Space ritual --
The golden dawn.
Responsibility: Peter Bebergal.

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From the hoodoo-inspired sounds of Elvis Presley to the Eastern odysseys of George Harrison, from the dark dalliances of Led Zeppelin to the Masonic imagery of today's hip-hop scene, the occult has long breathed life into rock and hip-hop--and, indeed, esoteric and supernatural traditions are a key ingredient behind the emergence and development of rock and roll ... [and in this book] writer and critic Peter Bebergal illuminates this web of influences"--Amazon.com.

"This epic cultural and historical odyssey unearths the full influence of occult traditions on rock and roll--from the Beatles to Black Sabbath--and shows how the marriage between mysticism and music changed our world. From the hoodoo-inspired sounds of Elvis Presley to the Eastern odysseys of George Harrison, from the dark dalliances of Led Zeppelin to the Illuminati imagery of today's hip-hop scene, the occult has long breathed life into rock and hip-hop--and, indeed, esoteric and supernatural traditions are a key ingredient behind the emergence and development of rock and roll. With vivid storytelling and laser-sharp analysis, writer and critic Peter Bebergal illuminates this web of influences to produce the definitive work on how the occult shaped--and saved--popular music. As Bebergal explains, occult and mystical ideals gave rock and roll its heart and purpose, making rock into more than just backbeat music, but into a cultural revolution of political, spiritual, sexual, and social liberation. Bebergal explores how the biggest names in popular music have participated in this spiritual rebellion and, in so doing, crafted rock's mythic soul. David Bowie, King Crimson, Black Sabbath, Killing Joke, the Rolling Stones, and even Kiss, among many others, not only transformed rock with their musical innovations, but saved rock from becoming a series of radio-friendly 45s spinning out endless redundant chords. Their stories serve as a window that exposes how without the occult imagination, there would be no rock and pop as we know it. Season of the Witch also investigates the figures whose lives intersect, both directly and indirectly, with the culture of rock: The fin de siècle magician Aleister Crowley, who would become a counterculture icon; the symbolist artist Austin Osman Spare, whose sigil magic influenced an entire subculture of British musicians in the 1980s and 1990s; the beat writer William S. Burroughs; and the underground filmmaker and Crowley devotee Kenneth Anger. These are just a few of the extraordinary figures who readers meet in this feast of storytelling and cultural illumination."--Jacket.

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