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The Cult of Aleister Crowley Lives On

NOTE: This article first appeared on July 20, 2014 on the Baltimore Post-Examiner. It has been republished with the author’s permission.

Aleister_Crowley,_wickedest_man_in_the_world“It was sex that rotted him. It was sex, sex, sex, sex, sex all the way with Crowley. He was a sex maniac!”- Vittoria Cremers

John Lennon, Timothy Leary, Iggy Pop, the Jonas Brothers and the Rolling Stones’ rock group all were influenced in one way or another by him. He was into sex, ceremonial magic, yoga and the occult, like no other so-called “spiritual seeker” of his time. His name was Aleister Crowley and he was British to the core. His motto was: “Do What Thou Wilt shall be the whole of the law. Love is the law, love under will.”

Crowley followed his own mantra right to the very end of his Christianity-hating, drug-abusing and higher consciousness-seeking life. If you want to know what Crowley looked like in his prime, check out that famous cover of the Beatles’best-selling album – Sgt.Read the rest

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The Beatles Imagined As Mayan Gods

Can the divide between pop culture and ancient wisdom be crossed? A particularly strange episode of the late-sixties Beatles cartoon series features the Fab Four journeying "to the inner world" and becoming extraterrestrial gods of a civilization resembling the Mayans:
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PBS to Screen Magical Mystery Tour

Christian science monitor reports:

It’s not easy to find an unexplored corner of Beatlemania, but PBS brings viewers inside Magical Mystery Tour, the 1967 British TV film behind the album from the Fab Four by the same name. The show interviews Beatles as well as Martin Scorsese, Peter Fonda, and a slew of British personalities about the impact of the film. Full of veiled references to psychedelic drugs and anarchy, it never aired in the United States, but now “Great Performances offers Magical Mystery Tour Revisited Dec. 14 at 9 p.m., followed by the film itself at 10 p.m.

That The Beatles’ shambolic Magical Mystery Tour film never even aired in the US explains a lot to me. Their career appears to be divided into two distinct parts, with Sgt Pepper being the dividing line. I have a lot of difficulty explaining to friends of mine, who agree with my more alternative musical preferences, why I love The Beatles.… Read the rest

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Cee Lo’s Controversial New Year’s Eve Version Of ‘Imagine’

Cee Lo Green's taking a lot of heat from fans of religion and John Lennon, with both groups vying for his blood. The controversy surrounds his substitution of "Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion too" to "Nothing to kill or die for, And all religion's true" in Lennon's 1971 classic song "Imagine." He then tweeted "Yo I meant no disrespect by changing the lyric guys! I was trying to say a world were u could believe what u wanted that's all" (since deleted). Here's the performance from New York's Times Square, shortly before midnight on New Year's Eve, lyrics conveniently subtitled:
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Was John Lennon A Closet Republican?

John Lennon

Photo: Roy Kerwood (CC)

Via the Toronto Sun:

John Lennon was a closet Republican, who felt a little embarrassed by his former radicalism, at the time of his death — according to the tragic Beatles star’s last personal assistant.

Fred Seaman worked alongside the music legend from 1979 to Lennon’s death at the end of 1980 and he reveals the star was a Ronald Reagan fan who enjoyed arguing with left-wing radicals who reminded him of his former self.

In new documentary Beatles Stories, Seaman tells filmmaker Seth Swirsky Lennon wasn’t the peace-loving militant fans thought he was while he was his assistant.

He says, “John, basically, made it very clear that if he were an American he would vote for Reagan because he was really sour on (Democrat) Jimmy Carter.

“He’d met Reagan back, I think, in the 70s at some sporting event… Reagan was the guy who had ordered the National Guard, I believe, to go after the young (peace) demonstrators in Berkeley, so I think that John maybe forgot about that … He did express support for Reagan, which shocked me.

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John Lennon Plays Dead in Beatles Last Photoshoot

Prophetic and creepy. See more photos at dailymail.co.uk article-0-085DE839000005DC-674_468x683
An apparently lifeless John Lennon lies on the ground, his fellow-Beatles by his side. The haunting picture was taken in 1968 - 12 years before Lennon was gunned down by a crazed fan, Mark Chapman, in New York City. It was one of many images taken by society photographer Tom Murray during the Fab Four's last official photoshoot in 1968, which lay forgotten in an envelope for decades. It was among a number of photographs which were made public today after lying forgotten about for years. 'From two rolls of film there are 23 surviving shots. The colours are astonishing and it's basically because the original slides were kept in the dark in an envelope for so many years.'
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Glenn Beck Talks the Beatles’ “Revolution”

I actually don't think Glenn Beck believes the Beatles were secret maoists; it's just his latest attempt to turn the word "progressive" into the f-word. He'll make any possible connection in order to do that. Oh well, it's fun to play both clips together and wait and see if Glenn Beck's head will explode:
But when you want money for people with minds that hate All I can tell you is brother you have to wait Don't you know it's gonna be alright...
But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao You ain't going to make it with anyone anyhow Don't you know know it's gonna be alright...
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