A Love Letter to Popular Music by Way of the Occult

October 15, 2014 6:45 PM

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The following post is excerpted from Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll (by Peter Bebergal, with permission from Tarcher/Penguin Random House, Peter Bebergal, 2014). The book is the author's "love letter to popular music by way of the mystery at the heart of rock; a spirit that imbued the music with its own mythology replete with stories of gods, spirits, devils, and magic."

Sitting at a party strumming his guitar, the Scottish troubadour Donovan came upon a riff that seemed to hypnotize him. He played it over and over again and was told later he worked on it for seven hours. This riff was to become "Season of the Witch," a dark and prophetic song suggesting the new age...

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