Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll (Paperback)

How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll

By Peter Bebergal

Tarcherperigee, 9780399174964, 288pp.

Publication Date: October 13, 2015

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Description

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 Presleytothe Eastern odysseys of George Harrison, fromthe dark dalliances of Led Zeppelin tothe Masonic imagery of today's hip-hop scene, the occult has long breathed lifeinto rock and hip-hop and, indeed, esoteric and supernatural traditions are a key ingredient behindthe emergence anddevelopmentof rock and roll.
With vivid storytelling and laser-sharp analysis, writer and critic Peter Bebergal illuminatesthis 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.


About the Author

Peter Bebergal writes widely on the speculative and slightly fringe. His recent essays and reviews have appeared in "NewYorker.com, The Times Literary Supplement," "Boing Boing," "The Believer," and "The Quietus." He is the author of "Too Much to Dream: A Psychedelic American Boyhood" and "The Faith Between Us: A Jew and a Catholic Search for the Meaning of God" (with Scott Korb). Bebergal studied religion and culture at Harvard Divinity School, and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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