Schlock-Wire: Uncover The Secret History Of Occultism In Music With GATHERING OF THE TRIBE

Headpress Books is never at a loss for producing tomes that explore popular culture from a distinctive, offbeat vantage point.  One of their upcoming books has a truly unique take on music: Gathering Of The Tribe explores the connection between music and the occult, covering everything from classical to jazz to rock.  Artists as diverse as Captain Beefheart, the Wu-Tang Clan and Claude Debussy are all covered.  Read on for all the magickal/musical details, including the table of contents and a link to an interactive sample of the text…


Music and Heavy Conscious Creation

by Mark Goodall

A look at the role of the occult in music through key albums.

“There is in sounds a virtue to receive the heavenly gifts” Henry Cornelius Agrippa

Much of the music discussed in Gathering Of The Tribe deals with the special power of sound and tone. Frank Zappa may have said that ‘writing about music is like dancing about architecture,’ but this book explains how music can — or for a moment believed it could — move mountains.

It is a matter of record that over the centuries composers and musicians have been consistently inspired by the occult. Few music lovers can fail to have been intrigued by the rumours of magick and mysticism that surround many of their favourite albums.

In chapters that cover the different musical styles, from jazz through folk, rock, pop, noise and experimental forms, Gathering Of The Tribe sketches a fascinating overview of this  provocative and enduring relationship with heavy conscious creation, offering en route a guide to the ultimate occult record collection, ranging from the Beatles to the Stones, Led Zeppelin to Nick Cave, Captain Beefheart to the Wu Tang Clan, Debussy to Throbbing Gristle, Charles Manson, Barbara the Gray Witch, Coven and more.

Illustrated with album sleeves.


Cosmic Sounds:
Experiments with music and the supernatural

Jazz and the Spirit World:
Improvisation and revolutionary jazz forms

Freaky Folk:
Weird manifestations of a documentary form of music

The Law of Octaves: esoteric music:
Esoteric philosophies, religion and the law of octaves

Psych-Out and Countercultural Occult:
The peace and love flipside

Sorcery and the Cinema:
The spirit world on film

The Devil’s Interval:
The rock horror show- rock music and the occult

Cult groups, outsider artists and their sounds

Electric Storm in Hell:
Weird soundscapes – modernist mood music

Author Bio

Mark Goodall is a lecturer at the University of Bradford. He writes about film and music and is the author of the Headpress book Sweet and Savage. He is the singer and guitarist with beat combo Rudolf Rocker.

With contributions by Thomas Campbell, Kevin Donnelly, Jeremy Dyson, Mick Farren, Jill Good, David Kerekes, Peter Mills, Gary Ramsay, Mark Reeve, Marcel Swiboda, Simon Trafford, Jennifer Wallis
and Richard Woodcock.

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