Last year the venerable Watkins Books published a Spiritual Sightings Map of London. The intent was always to expand the map globally and now disinformation author Gary Lachman (Turn Off Your Mind) has contributed an Occult Map of New York:
I had already been living in New York on East 10th Street for a few months when in the early spring of 1975 I was asked to play bass in a fledgling rock band that would later become fairly successful. Their name was Blondie and their bass player had quit to join another group, Television.
CBGB on the Bowery was just starting to make a name for itself and would soon become the home of an honest-to-goodness scene. Soon after joining the group I had to give up my place on East 10th, and I moved in with the singer and guitarist. Their tiny flat in Little Italy, however, quickly proved too small for the three of us, and by that summer we had found a new nest, an illegal sub-let in a loft space above a liquor store (off license) at 266 Bowery. CBGB itself was a block away, as was the ‘Bunker’, home of the Beat writer William Burroughs.
Although playing in a New York rock band was fantastic enough, living with the singer and guitarist was inspiring for another reason. Much of the debris left behind by the previous 60s generation was still around, and my loft mates – who were a part of that time – shared a kitschy interest in the occult, magic, and general weirdness…
[continues at the Watkins Books site]
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