From the Akashic Jukebox: Magic and Music in Britain, 1888-1978: Illustrated Lecture and Rare British Occult Recordings with Mark Pilkington of Strange Attractor Press
Acme Studio (63 N. 3rd St., Brooklyn)
Magic and music are as old as humanity, but organised witchcraft–a British cultural export whose influence has been felt all over the world–is younger than jazz. In tonight’s talk, illustrated with images, music and rare recordings, Strange Attractor’s Mark Pilkington explores British occultism’s origins in the bohemian groves of late 19th century London, and charts its impact on popular music and some of its players, from the rock ‘n’ roll years through to the paradigm shift of punk. The emerging stories glow with transcendence, ripple with mystery, honk with absurdity and are all too often shadowed by tragedy.