Holmes & Watson. Salt & Pepper. Hell, even Sturm und Drang- there are some classic combinations in this world. Rock ‘n Roll & The Occult just seems natural. Although a relatively recent musical form, less than a century, the dalliances of the diabolical with Rock music were there nearly from the beginning. The combination of drums, guitars and a hollering vocals seem the very thing that the Occult offers in some way as well- Powerful, animal, and emotive. Yet the story of Rock and the Occult has been told many times before by many people. In this Episode of WMiT we examine a few of the lesser known features of this story, as well as some music that seems rather less than obvious. Give’r.
My Guest for this Episode is a very talented Musician, Singer and Songwriter who resides in Montreal- Kue Varo! A longtime denizen of the musical realms, she has just released a new album Daffodil-11 which is a fantastic slice of creativity and sound! Be sure to download and support Kue’s work as well as follow all that she does! Click the Pic!
- What Happened at the Crossroads?
- A Meeting at The Crossroads: Robert Johnson and The Devil by Matt Frederick
- The Morning of the Magicians – The ramifications of this being published are enormous
- Meek by name Wild by Nature – One of my favourite music critics Jon Savage tackles Joe Meek
- Graham Bond – The epitome of 60’s Occult Music figures
- Season of the Witch: How the Occult saved Rock & Roll
- Turn off Your Mind: The Mystic 60’s & The Dark Side of the Age of Aquarius by Gary Lachman – For my money, the best examination of this strange period of time
- Devil Music: A History of the Occult in Rock & Roll
- The Devil Has All the Best Tunes: How Musicians Discovered their Dark Side
- A Message from Aleister Crowley etched on Led Zeppelin Records
- The Magic & Mystery of David Bowie – A fantastic article
- Early Norwegian Black Metal Scene – Probably the best investigation into the happenings of this time is from the lads at Last Podcast on the Left
- How Genesis P-Orridge Changed the course of Electronic Music Culture Forever
- Killing Joke: The Death & Resurrection Show – A very good documentary of the band and Jaz Coleman’s Occult wanderings
- Robbie Basho – Check out Robbie’s work and listen to as much of his music as you can. Since being told about him by Kue, I can’t get enough of his unique music
- Voice of the Eagle – The Enigma of Robbie Basho. A Documentary!
- Songs of the Siren on the River Styx– Christopher Knowles on Liz Fraser and Jeff Buckley
- Trauma Displaced in Time: Premonition, Synchronicity and Enjoyment – Dr. Eric Wargo’s take on Liz Fraser’s influences
- Marconi Union’s song ‘Weightless’ – Yup, a song that has some real power to it
- Icaro – An actual Magic Song. There are quite a few to listen to on YouTube but this is a good example of them
- Hildegard of Bingen – I love absolutely everything about St. Hildegard. She is one of the most extraordinary people who has ever lived
- Fashionable Occultism: The World of Russian Composer Alexandr Scriabin
Doug’s Roccult Recommendations
Julian Cope – Cabaret Voltaire – Hawthonn – PJ Harvey – Kate Bush – Death Grips – The Black Dog – Mort Garson – Sunn O))) – The KLF – The Good, The Bad, & The Queen – Alice Coltrane – Princess Nokia – Demen – Sun Ra – Johnny Dowd – Siouxsie & The Banshees – Jucifer – Angels With Dirty Faces by Tricky – Scorpio Rising by Death in Vegas
Correction – Most of the Black Metal (not Death Metal) that I bring up in this episode are Norwegian as opposed to Swedish. Got them mixed up. Sorry. It’s been a week.