By Gary Lachman
This definitive paintings at the occult’s “great beast” strains the arc of his debatable lifestyles and impact on rock-and-roll giants, from the Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin to Black Sabbath.
When Aleister Crowley died in 1947, he used to be no longer an visible contender for the main enduring pop-culture determine of the following century. yet two decades later, Crowley’s identify and snapshot have been in all places. The Beatles placed him at the hide of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts membership Band. The Rolling Stones have been in brief severe devotees. at the present time, his visage hangs in goth golf equipment, occult temples, and school dorm rooms, and his equipment of ceremonial magick animate the passions of myriad occultists and religious seekers.
Aleister Crowley is greater than only a biography of this compelling, debatable, and divisive figure—it’s additionally a portrait of his unheard of impact on glossy popular culture.
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Aleister Crowley: Magick, Rock and Roll, and the Wickedest Man in the World by Gary Lachman