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Season of the Witch - Peter Bebergal


This is a lively and engaging account of the influence of occult traditions on rock and roll. It ranges from from the hoodoo-inspired sound of Elvis Presley, through to the Crowleyesque dalliances of Jimmy Page and the Eastern odysseys of George Harrison. Season of the Witch reveals how esoteric themes have shaped the emergence and progression of contemporary rock music.  There is the 'dark explorations' of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Black Widow and Slayer. Then there is the overt occultism in Genesis P-Orridge, David Bowie, Arthur Brown. As well, he covers the psychedelic space rock of Hawkwind and their association with Michael Moorcock. Thoroughly researched and highly entertaining, this is a great book on music and occulture.

New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2014. Paperback, xxxiii 252 pages. New. Subtitled