Along with Julian Cope and Andrew Collins, writing about the esoteric seems to be a popular career move for ex-pop stars. Gary Lachman, then known as Gary Valentine, used to be a guitarist with Blondie and Iggy Pop.
“we had Annie Besant, and the Fabian Society. After the Russian Revolution there were also Steiner groups. The English socialist Edward Carpenter, in the 1920’s, was the pioneer of what became known in the 60’s as ‘dropping out’ and also popularised sandals. Carpenter was a proponent of gay rights and a big influence on Ouspensky.”
An audience member quipped: “before Himmler got Hugo Boss involved…”
“You mean the yippies, Jerry Rubin, ‘Just do it’? Did you know that during the 1967 anti-war march, they tried to levitate the Pentagon?”
“I buy cheap paperbacks at chain stores, only available because of modern mass production”.
“with the departure of Bush, we now have Palin. It is occult belief the idea that angels will descend…the whole American cult about the apocalypse ‘The Rapture’ and The Order of Archangel Michael (which originally came from Roumania in the 1920’s).”
“The extremes of Left and Right meet and hate the modern world. The elite school of intellectuals such as Adorno on the Left called the gnostic world the ‘nadir of sterility’.Scientific meaning is always pitted against religious meaning and neither work.”
“you are on your own, there’s nobody out there, as Nietzche (who has been variously adopted by the Left as well as the Right) describes, it is troubling to us. “
“the powers that be were not too happy with ‘Mrs Satan’ as she was known.”