The paperback edition of Peter Bebergal’s book Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll is out today. To celebrate we’re republishing our exclusive interview with Peter:
Disinformation: You seem to struggle somewhat to define “occult.” Is it a loaded term?
Bebergal: For a word with such a simple definition, the “occult” has lost almost all meaning, as when you say a word over and over again until it sounds made-up. When I told people I was working on this book, the responses were wildly different, and extremely prejudicial. Some folks assumed I was writing only about the devil and rock music, others—believing the occult to be nothing more than base superstitions—thought the project had no merit, and then there were those that assumed, and hoped, I was going to be making metaphysical claims. I’m sure there were others who worried about my soul. There are just too many preconceived ideas to give it a single satisfying definition.… Read the rest