By Gary Lachman
This definitive paintings at the occult’s “great beast” lines 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 subsequent century. yet two decades later, Crowley’s identify and photo 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 short critical devotees. at the present time, 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 unheard of effect on smooth popular culture.
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