By Gary Lachman
This definitive paintings at the occult’s “great beast” lines the arc of his arguable lifestyles and effect on rock-and-roll giants, from the Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin to Black Sabbath.
When Aleister Crowley died in 1947, he was once no longer an visible contender for the main enduring pop-culture determine of the subsequent century. yet 20 years later, Crowley’s identify and photograph have been far and wide. The Beatles placed him at the conceal of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts membership Band. The Rolling Stones have been in brief severe devotees. this present day, his visage hangs in goth golf equipment, occult temples, and faculty dorm rooms, and his equipment of ceremonial magick animate the passions of myriad occultists and non secular seekers.
Aleister Crowley is greater than only a biography of this compelling, debatable, and divisive figure—it’s additionally a portrait of his extraordinary impact on sleek popular culture.
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Aleister Crowley: Magick, Rock and Roll, and the Wickedest Man in the World by Gary Lachman