A sweeping and masterful cultural history, “Here’s to My Sweet Satan” tells how the Occult conquered the American imagination, weaving together topics as diverse as the birth of heavy metal, 1970s horror films, the New Age movement, Count Chocula cereal, the serial killer Son of Sam, and more. Cultural critic George Case explores how the Occult craze permanently changed American society, creating the cultural framework for the political power of the religious right, false accusations of Satanic child abuse, and today’s widespread rejection of science and rationality. An insightful blend of pop culture and social history, “Here’s to My Sweet Satan” lucidly explains how the most technological society on earth became enthralled by the supernatural.
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About the Author
George Case is a writer on ideas and popular culture, and an acknowledged authority on the band Led Zeppelin. He is the author of “Jimmy Page: Magus, Musician, Man,” “Out of Our Heads: Rock ‘n’ Roll Before the Drugs Wore Off,” “Led Zeppelin FAQ,” “Calling Dr. Strangelove,” and “Arcadia Borealis: Childhood and Youth in Northern Ontario.” Case has also contributed several articles to the social science journal Skeptic.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Return of the Repressed
1) Diabolus in Musica
2) Bad Words
3) Sin Cinema
4) Little Devils
5) Stranger Than Science
6 Devil in the Flesh
7) World of Wonders
Pop culture readers: The primary market for “Here’s to My Sweet Satan” are readers interested in in-depth study of the history of pop culture, fads, and trends in popular music, movies, television, and books.
Nostalgia/Late Baby Boom/Generation X readers: “Here’s to My Sweet Satan” covers music, films, trends, and events that are deeply meaningful to anyone who came of age in the 1960s and 1970s, including the latter half of the Baby Boom generation and all of Generation X.
Rock music history readers: “Here’s to My Sweet Satan” will be of great interest to rock music fans and readers interested in rock history, as it covers key events in the history of 1960s rock and the birth of heavy metal.
Horror movie fans: “Here’s to My Sweet Satan” will also be of interest to horror movie fans, as it offers one of the most comprehensive accounts of supernatural horror films in the 1970s.