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

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780399174964
Author(s): Peter Bebergal
Format: Paperback
Year: 2015
Publisher: Tarcherperigee
Dimensions: 152 x 226 x 23 (w x l x h)
Pages: 288

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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 the secret ingredient behind the emergence and development of rock and roll. With intellectual substance, vivid storytelling, and laser-sharp analysis, writer and critic, Peter Bebergal, illuminates this web of influences to produce SEASON OF THE WITCH, 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.
The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, King Crimson, Black Sabbath, Killing Joke and even The Rolling Stones, 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 as we know it. SEASON OF THE WITCH, also, investigat
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