Season of the Witch

Season of the Witch

How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll

Book - 2014
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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"
Publisher: New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, a member of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
ISBN: 9780399167669
Characteristics: xxxiii, 252 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number: 781.66 BEB


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Feb 02, 2019

Rock music is no longer the dominant genre of our time and, while still its popular, it's lost much of its mystique. I mean, does anyone really like bands like the 1975 or Coldplay? "Season of the Witch" is a fascinating look at rock's interest in the occult, which author Peter Bebergal uses in the loosest sense, and the bad vibes that many critics associated with it. It was the devil's music, it was jungle music, it was anti-social, it was liberation. What makes this book better than your average tome of music criticism is the compelling thesis and the author, who studied religion at Harvard and approaches his subject more as a scholar (without being boring) than a fan. So dim the lights, get out your 10 sided die, play Led Zeppelin IV backwards and dive in. You might also like the biography of Alistair Crowley, who figures prominently here.

Oct 16, 2016

Good read for those that like a little weirdness in their rock. 'Occult' in this book is not just satinists, but includes psychedelics and religious seekers.


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