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Alien Rock: The Rock 'n' Roll Extraterrestrial Connection Paperback – July 26, 2005
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Luckman relays some interesting trivia linking rock and UFOs but stretches to make small points. He cites a conversation between Jimi Hendrix and Monika Dannerman about how a person's "spirit could actually leave the body for a period of time" as evidence that "Jimi frequently experienced astral travel." Ohh-kay! Well, Hendrix's extraterrestrial interests are well-known, as are those of Sun Ra and George Clinton, whom Luckman also mentions; but Luckman goes on to say that Carlos Santana, OutKast, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones share them. Heck, even Olivia Newton-John gets Luckman's nod, thanks to her sighting of a shape-shifting UFO "on a desolate road." Fortunately, references to David Bowie's, the Grateful Dead's, and Pink Floyd's extraterrestrial interests are more substantial, and is anyone surprised that Michael Jackson and Elvis each get chapter-length coverage? Another chapter on UFOs at Woodstock, Altamont, and the Isle of Wight festivals amuses, too; but with so many strained and trifling references, the book satisfies desultory reading more than genuine inquiry. Mike Tribby
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About the Author
Michael C. Luckman is director of the New York Center for Extraterrestrial Research and the founder of the Cosmic Majority, an organization that seeks to represent the majority of people on earth who believe in UFOs, life on Mars, and the paranormal. Luckman taught the nation's first college course on rock music. He lives in New York City.
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What little "meat" here is padded with tidbits of trivia and any paranormal experience linked with the celebrity under discussion. The author seems either starstruck or overly-credulous, referring to "classic" UFO sightings, conspiracy theories, conactee reports as uncontested fact.
This book might help you impress your baby-boomer friends with your arcane knowledge of rock triva, but beyond that, not much of a reason to invest your time or money.
It all does make me wonder about outside influences. Christians tend to think aliens are demons. Then there's the suggestion that 60's rock was created by think tank elites for controlled opposition social experiments. I spent a lot of time growing up, immersing myself in popular music from 60's~80's, especially. Easily attractive. But I do wonder if it was made to distract. Hard to say who's leading whom.
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