The Sixties were a time of revolution—political, social, psychedelic, sexual. But there was another revolution that many historians forget: the rise of a powerful current that permeated pop culture and has been a central influence on it ever since—the revival of the occult. Beliefs that were previously ridiculed took center stage—in the music of The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, in films like “Rosemary’s Baby,” and on the bookshelves, with Lord of the Rings, The Tarot, and the Tibetan Book of the Dead becoming best–sellers. Astrology, kabala, hippies, yogis, witchcraft, Satanism, drugs, UFOs—they all became the common currency they are today. But when Sixties liberationism met the occult—as it did with the Manson murders—it was often with sordid consequences. In Turn Off Your Mind, Gary Lachman delves deep into the dark heart of the mystical Sixties. The author, as Gary Valentine, was a founding member of the hit music group Blondie. He’s now a writer and literary critic for publications that include MOJO, THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT and THE LITERARY REVIEW. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Gary Lachman was a founder member of Blondie and wrote the group's early hits. Born in New Jersey and a long-time resident of both New York and Los Angeles, he now lives in London.
loved this book. Great stories about the untold stories of California and the 60 sPublished 3 months ago by Cheryl Muller
As a child of the 60s , this incredible book really spoke to me. In pulling back the facade of that increasingly, superficial age, Lachman shows us the inanity of some of our most... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book for old hippies with interest in the sixties and the occult.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great book, and a great way to make any magical old hippie outraged. In our current era, in which science is seen as our salvation, it is hard to understand that not so... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Peter G. Markiewicz
This is an important book about a dangerous misunderstanding of spirituality that has echoes today. The New Age movement of the 60s paved the way for our self-justified Me-Me-Me... Read morePublished on November 25, 2012 by A. Lindquist
A very interesting but often annoying book by the ex-musician/rocker turned author, Gary Lachman. Lachman loves to drop names but he has been there and I am sure knows a lot of... Read morePublished on June 9, 2012 by Andras M. Nagy
I have studied the New Age, connections to theosophy, etc. and very few people are aware of all the connections. Read morePublished on May 10, 2012 by Amazon Customer