Turn Off Your Mind: The Mystic Sixties and the Dark Side of the Age of Aquarius


How did a decade of love and peace end in Altamont and the Manson Family bloodbath? Gary Lachman explores the sinister dalliance of rock's high rollers and a new wave of occultists, tying together John Lennon, Timothy Leary, Mick Jagger, Brian Wilson, Charles Manson, Anton LaVey, Jim Morrison, L. Ron Hubbard and many more American cultural icons.

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How did a decade of love and peace end in Altamont and the Manson Family bloodbath? Gary Lachman explores the sinister dalliance of rock's high rollers and a new wave of occultists, tying together John Lennon, Timothy Leary, Mick Jagger, Brian Wilson, Charles Manson, Anton LaVey, Jim Morrison, L. Ron Hubbard and many more American cultural icons.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780971394230
  • Publisher: Disinformation Company, The
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Pages: 430
  • Sales rank: 1,533,497
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi
Preface xv
Introduction: Shadows of the Golden Dawn 1
Introducing Mr Manson
From Woodstock to Altamont
The Age of Aquarius
The occult revival of the 1960s
Eliphas Levi, Madame Blavatsky and the roots of the occult revival
Chapter 1 Spawn of the Magicians 13
Paris 1960
The Morning of the Magicians
New York 1975
I meet the magicians
They came from outer space
Erich von Daniken and Chariots of the Gods?
The hippies and the mutants
The Nazis and the occult
Evening of the magicians
Chapter 2 The Return of H. P. Lovecraft 39
Weird Tales and H. P. Lovecraft
The Cthulhu Mythos
August Derleth and Arkham House
Colin Wilson and the Lovecraft revival
Lovecraft in the sixties
Lovecraft and the occult
Kenneth Grant, Lovecraft and Aleister Crowley
Chapter 3 The Dark Barbarians 58
Robert E. Howard, King Kull and Conan the Barbarian
Civilization is unnatural'
Howard and Spengler
Swords, sorcery and the appetite for 'other worlds'
Thirties pulp in sixties paperbacks
Ballantine's Adult Fantasy series
Chapter 4 Journeys to the West 80
The mystic East via the wild, wild West
Krishnamurti, Aldous Huxley, Gerald Heard and Christopher Isherwood
Henry Miller and Big Sur
The Beats go on
Alan Watts and the wisdom of irresponsibility
Chapter 5 For Madmen Only 118
The Hermann Hesse craze
George Steiner objects
Steppenwolf, the band and the book
Journey to the East
Hesse as precursor to the mystic sixties
Russian Man
Strange forces
C. G. Jung and the occult
Confrontation with the shadow
Jung and the I Ching, flying saucers and the Age of Aquarius
The strange case of Miguel Serrano
Chapter 6 Knocking on the Doors of Perception 144
Timothy Leary eats a mushroom
Drugs and the occult
Albert Hofmann and LSD
Gordon Wasson and Amanita muscaria
Andrija Puharich, Harry Stone and Uri Geller
Anais Nin has second thoughts
Chapter 7 Food of the Gods 162
Leary, Harvard and a modern 'mystery school'
Allen Ginsberg wants to call God
Michael Hollingshead's mayonnaise jar
Dr Leary takes a trip
The World Psychedelic Centre
Leary and Gurdjieff
Guru Tim heads East
Leary, Crowley and Dr Dee in Bou Saada
Chapter 8 The Teachings of Don Carlos 201
A fateful meeting in an Arizona bus station
The shaman's apprentice
Psychedelic pop anthropology
Don Juanmania
The Return of Don Juan
Don Juan returns yet again
Fiction, fact, or?
Richard De Mille objects
Occultism on the quad
Chapter 9 Satan Wants Us 217
Astounding Science Fiction
L. Ron Hubbard and Dianetics
The rise of Scientology
Jack Parsons and the dark side of Pasadena
Stranger in a Strange Land
L. Ron and Parsons
Making a magical child
The Book of Babalon
The strange death of Belarius Armiluss Al Dajjal Antichrist
Idries Shah
Gerald Gardner
Kenneth Grant again
Some famous satanists
Anton LaVey and the Church of Satan
The sad end of Jayne Mansfield
Chapter 10 Get with the Process 261
A visit to the San Francisco Oracle
The Process Church of the Final Judgement
When Robert met Mary Ann at the Scientology Shop
Alfred Adler, L. Ron and Compulsions Analysis
A vision in Xtul
The mind benders of Mayfair
Satan's swinging London
Lights out for the Greys
Last call for the Process
Ed Sanders and The Family
Chapter 11 Magical Satanic Mystery Tours 279
John Lennon asks for Nitz Ga at the Indica Bookshop and has a psychedelic experience instead
Pop mysticism
The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Swami Prabhupada and Krishna Consciousness
Paul is dead
The Rolling Stones and the decadent illuminati
Please allow him to introduce himself
Kenneth Anger gets Lucifer to rise
The hippies and the Hell's Angels
Altamont again
Donald Cammell's performance
Manson, the Beach Boys and bad vibrations
All in the Family
Jim Morrison exposes himself to fear
Chapter 12 The Magical Revolution 335
The aftermath of Altamont
Jung, Blavatsky and the rise of the Aquarian Age
Theosophical hippies
Gavin Arthur and the Oracle
The Love-Pageant Rally
Michael Bowen and the Psychedelic Rangers
The Human Be-In
UFO and the 14-Hour Technicolor Dream
R. D. Laing and the Dialectics of Liberation
Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman and levitating the Pentagon
Gandalf's Garden
The View Over Atlantis
Chapter 13 The Occult Explosion 375
A crucifixion on Hampstead Heath
Kohoutek fizzles
Man, Myth and Magic
Occult consumerism
The occult publishing boom of the 1970s
Earth mysteries
The New Age
'Roccult' and roll, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and 'back-masking'
David Bowie and those occult Nazis again
Satan, Manson and 'Reich and roll'
The 8/8/88 satanic rally
Charlie and the 'ecofascists'
Last Words: Let The Sunshine In 392
Magic today
Fetish clubs and Nazi chic
Millennial cults
The Matrix
Notes 398
Selected bibliography 412
Index 423
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    Almost everyone was into the occult in the 60s! No matter how much you think you know about the 60s or the occult, you will find new things in this book...some of the downright crazy. Fun book on a 'dark subject.'

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