Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll

By Peter Bebergal

This epic cultural and old odyssey reveals the complete impact of occult traditions on rock and roll -- from the Beatles to Black Sabbath -- and indicates how the wedding among mysticism and tune replaced our world.

From the hoodoo-inspired sounds of Elvis Presley to the jap odysseys of George Harrison, from the darkish dalliances of Led Zeppelin to the Masonic imagery of today’s hip-hop scene, the occult has lengthy breathed life into rock and hip-hop—and, indeed, esoteric and supernatural traditions are a key aspect behind the emergence and development of rock and roll. 

With brilliant storytelling and laser-sharp research, author and critic Peter Bebergal illuminates this net of affects to provide the definitive paintings on how the occult formed -- and kept -- renowned music.

As Bebergal explains, occult and mystical beliefs gave rock and roll its center and function, making rock into greater than simply backbeat tune, yet right into a cultural revolution of political, non secular, sexual, and social liberation.

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So ‘HELP’=Masonic occult sun-worshipper’s list. ” From Yellow Submarine: “John Lennon makes the ‘devil’s horns’ (‘corna’) hand signal. ” And Sgt. Pepper is a veritable encyclopedia of hidden occult symbols: [A] hookah (drug bong), a pink velvet snake (serpent/satan/phallic), Snow White (from mason Walt Disney), a Mexican Tree of existence (usually depicting the serpent devil delivering Adam and Eve forbidden wisdom within the backyard of Eden), and a Saturn trophy (sun/satan) close to the “L” (90 measure square). it's virtually too effortless for people with a specific spiritual time table to discover within the Beatles the entire facts they should declare an unlimited occult conspiracy operating its subliminal messaging throughout the mass media. The Beatles’ reputation made them both keen contributors or naive dupes below the keep watch over of a satanic grasp plan. The Beatles driven each fundamentalist button. The band’s heritage incorporated a guru and an admission of drug use, or even the tragedy of Lennon’s loss of life used to be noticeable as a key to their infernal dealings. yet this is often mostly the voice of somebody preaching to different believers. it's a self-perpetuating fable that in simple terms fuels itself. regrettably, this sort of stressed occult interpretation may also take a darker flip. whilst the police arrived at 3301 Waverly force, the house of Leno LaBianca and his spouse, Rosemary, they have been met not just by means of the atrocities of ways the couple were killed, yet with the graffiti at the partitions, written within the blood of the sufferers. One word used to be widespread: “Helter Skelter. ” The identify of a Beatles tune from the White Album, those phrases had develop into the murderous rallying cry of the charismatic cult chief Charles Manson. The evening sooner than killing the LaBiancas, the fans of Manson had slaughtered 5 humans, together with Sharon Tate, spouse of the filmmaker Roman Polanski (and as a few occult conspiracy theorists could indicate, a yr prior Polanski had directed Rosemary’s child, a few lady who's impregnated through the satan in terms of upper-class Satanists). At his trial, Manson could describe how the Beatles’ song was once in reality particular directions to incite a race battle: “Helter Skelter is confusion. Confusion is coming down quick. in case you don’t see the confusion coming down speedy, you could name it what you would like. It’s no longer my conspiracy. it isn't my song. I listen what it relates. It says ‘Rise! ’ It says ‘Kill! ’ Why blame it on me? I didn’t write the track. it's not that i am the individual that projected it into your social awareness. ” The Beatles have been devastated that their tune used to be interpreted during this method, and have become more and more delicate to how they have been being perceived by means of the general public. The Beatles had turn into a replicate of the Sixties, a decade that were tempered with a deep and virtually fearful want for non secular that means, for a spiritual event that was once now not ruled via Christianity. The Beatles have been the correct mediating precept among their viewers and the tumultuous decade. They provided the way to degree the results of each scan, be it acid or japanese mysticism.

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