By George Case
A sweeping and masterful cultural heritage, “Here’s to My candy devil” tells how the Occult conquered the yankee mind's eye, weaving jointly issues as different because the start of heavy steel, Seventies horror motion pictures, the hot Age stream, count number Chocula cereal, the serial killer Son of Sam, and extra. Cultural critic George Case explores how the Occult craze completely replaced American society, growing the cultural framework for the political energy of the non secular correct, fake accusations of Satanic baby abuse, and today’s frequent rejection of technology and rationality. An insightful combination of popular culture and social background, “Here’s to My candy devil” lucidly explains how the main technological society in the world turned enthralled by means of the supernatural.
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Anger was older than the Stones and their followers (he was born in 1927), a one-time Hollywood child actor, the author of the vitriolic tell-all Hollywood Babylon, and not least of all a devout student of Aleister Crowley. His low-budget shorts Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome, Scorpio Rising, and Fireworks were unintelligible cinematic collages of occult motifs, sadomasochism, pop appropriations, and gay male erotica. Anger described himself as a warlock and was deadly serious about his work; he corralled Mick Jagger into doing an abstract synthesizer soundtrack for one of his efforts, Invocation of My Demon Brother.
What about singer-songwriters, the ecology, inflation, jogging, disaster movies, and disco? Indeed. Yet the occult was pervasive enough to be regarded very seriously by contemporary observers; its impact wasn’t just perceived in hindsight. And if the occult was only one of numerous social and artistic movements during its day—part cultural phenomenon, part exploitative fad—it may have been the one with the most consequential implications. It was certainly the one that provoked the strongest backlash.
What precipitated it? What happened in the real world to make the next world or the alternative worlds so attractive? ” The essence of modernity was its drift away from revealed wisdom toward science and empiricism, evidenced in the biology of Darwin, the political theory of Marx, and the psychology of Freud. Those rationalist advances of the nineteenth century, though, had spurred their own irrational occult revival, as personalities such as Eliphas Lévi, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Helena Blavatsky, and J.