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Aleister Crowley: Magick, Rock and Roll, and the Wickedest Man in the World (Anglais) Broché – 15 mai 2014


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“Clocking in at 394 pages jam-packed with in-depth information, factoids, anecdotes and insights from the first sentence to the last. A historical biography through and through, Lachman’s book is meticulously researched and it is quite easy to believe that the author, like a professor well-versed in their subject, could analyze and extrapolate at much greater lengths. The oft touted declaration of Crowley as the Wickedest Man in the World, may well have been overblown in it’s own time, but he’s certainly not an individual with whom it is easy to empathize. As detestable as he is, there is an undeniable fascination in his exploits, and Lachman seems the perfect man to deliver them.”
—The Examiner

“Gary Lachman has become an increasingly prolific engine of literate, well-written, and clear-headed books about esoteric history and ‘occulture.’ ”
—Erik Davis, author of TechGnosis

“Thinking outside the box, Lachman challenges many contemporary theories by reinserting a sense of the spiritual back into the discussion.” 
—Leonard Shlain, author of Art & Physics and Alphabet versus the Goddess

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This definitive work on the occult’s “great beast” traces the arc of his controversial life and influence on rock-and-roll giants, from the Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin to Black Sabbath.
 
When Aleister Crowley died in 1947, he was not an obvious contender for the most enduring pop-culture figure of the next century. But twenty years later, Crowley’s name and image were everywhere. The Beatles put him on the cover of  Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The Rolling Stones were briefly serious devotees. Today, his visage hangs in goth clubs, occult temples, and college dorm rooms, and his methods of ceremonial magick animate the passions of myriad occultists and spiritual seekers.

Aleister Crowley is more than just a biography of this compelling, controversial, and divisive figure—it’s also a portrait of his unparalleled influence on modern pop culture.



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17 internautes sur 19 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Not the usual Crowley bio! 11 juin 2014
Par Walter Five - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Gary Lachman has done it again, with another outstanding occultists biography!

It is always most interesting when a Writer and Biographer outside of the "bubble" of Thelemic Philosophy and Art writes on Crowley. Not drinking the Kool-Aid of Crowley hero-worship allows Mr. Lachman to even-handedly review the uncovered facts and new theories of other recent Crowley biographers, and his position in Rock Music as Blondie's "Gary Valentine" gives him unique insight into Crowley's influence on Popular Music and Modern Culture. Not as detailed as Richard Kazynsky's "Perdurabo", Mr. Lachman's biography will be a good alternative for the level-headed reader.
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Illuminating biography of the Great Beast 21 mai 2014
Par euclidcreek - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Not a fan boy Crowley biography, but an attempt at a balanced look at the many sides of this fascinating character; readers looking for an uncritical biography of Crowley will be displeased. Lachman's book throws a clear light on the highs and lows of the "Master Therion." Lachman's writing occasionally falls into cliche, but overall is sound. Recommended.
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The not-so-great Beast 15 juin 2014
Par Gary Oppenhuis - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
A refreshingly realistic retrospective on the life and afterlife impact of Aleister Crowley. Rather than yet another Crowley biography focusing on his esoteric accomplishments, Lachman provides a cautionary view of the effects on both self and others that a life of extremes can produce.
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It explains Crowley's place in the rebellion against pathologically strict ... 18 juillet 2014
Par Karen Canon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
It explains Crowley's place in the rebellion against pathologically strict religious doctrine but misses the weird rumor that Barbara Bush the 1st was Crowley's illegitimate daughter, which is one of the strangest rumors I've ever heard but probably says more about the anti-Bush camp than about Crowley.
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I know it's only Perdurabo but I like it 2 janvier 2015
Par John Ceperich - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I received an uncorrected proof of the Aleister Crowley -Magick, Rock and Roll, and the Wickedest Man in the World book by Gary Lachman and just finished my first reading of it. Mr. Lachman ponders the notion that the essence of Magick is synchronicity and while the friend who sent me this book did not read it himself, he has actually been writing a book on synchronicity.
The scholarship in this book is thoroughly remarkable and Lachman would rather use a few ounces of ink to include an extra sentence or two then edit them out. Lachman covers Crowley's life like a true detective versed in the field of historical investigation- don't think for a second that he is writing from the point of a rock and roller. This book was fun to read and quite the scholarly treatise from a biographical point of view.
The AC Magick, Rock and Roccult, and the Wickedest Man in the World book is an academic companion to Confessions enhancing it with AC's other biographical writings. It does surprise me that Lachman does not quote more of AC's poetry or of his evolution as an artist- for instance what themes he seems to have maintained throughout his writing career and what themes did he seem to outgrow.
What's most impressive about this book is every detail you thought you knew about AC, Lachman includes an extra fact to it. Even if you've read Confessions cover to cover you really feel like you know AC twice s good after the read. Lachman doesn't stop the crazy train for anything either. Whether something disturbingly racist was said, a horrible death occurred, a mysterious event- fact stated and the work continues. Lachman is committed to pack the reader with the facts.
I don't know if the ending was cleaned up when the final version came out, but the ending was written like by a kid who had too much candy and the sugar rush is bouncing him all over the place. Again it is most commendable the number of tie ins with today's culture and the Beast who lived a hundred years ago but bouncing speculations from violinists to movie producers to rappers to rock and rollers really thinned out the air and might even serve to threaten Lachman's credibility.
If Lachman ever remembers and reveals to us the name of the person he talked to who claimed to be ACs child, our entire understanding of AC might have to be reevaluated, yes? I'll tell you this, if Lachman remembers and tells us who the name of that person who he met who claimed he was AC's living offspring I'll tell you guys who sent me this book. And you might be surprised whose offspring he claims to be.
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