Tag Archives: 1970s

A History of the Craft in America: California and Councils, 1967 to 1973, Part I

Aiden Kelly discusses Aleister Crowley, Ordo Templi Orientis, and more in a post at A History of the Craft in America: California and Councils, 1967 to 1973, Part I. The post discusses the history Ordo Templi Orientis, particularly in California during the time of Grady McMurtry, and also mentions in passing the events detailed in Tom Whitmore’s Raiders of the Lost Basement.

“During the 13 years that McMurtry, using the name Hymenaeus Alpha, oversaw the OTO, it revived, grew, and expanded. His chapter held regular, well-attended meetings in the East Bay. Its history did not intersect with that of the NROOGD until about 1974, when both Glenn Turner and Chandria from Glenn’s coven, Allan Moonbloode from Isis Rising and Silver Star, plus Witches from several other traditions, were active in it. Chandria subsequently founded the Nuit-Urania coven, practicing what she called “Thelemic Wicca,” a blend of OTO and NROOGD practices. This NROOGD variant subsequently spread into the Pacific Northwest, under the leadership of Vandimir and Lady Jezebel.

Grady McMurtry passed over on July 12, 1985, at age 66. After McMurtry’s death, the IXth grade members of the OTO elected his successor, who has chosen to be known publicly only as Hymenaeus Beta and who moved the international headquarters of the OTO to New York City. However, rivals appeared, claiming to be Crowley’s true successors. It is unusual for members of an occult organization to turn to the legal system to settle a dispute, but that is what happened. In decisions in 1985 and 1988, the United States Supreme Court ruled that McMurtry had been Crowley’s only legal successor, basing its decision not only on McMurtry’s letters from Crowley, but also on the fact that the original manuscript of Crowley’s Book of the Law had been found in a box in a basement in Berkeley, albeit under suspicious circumstances.” [via]

Lost Lucifer Rising soundtrack by Jimmy Page revisited, remixed and released today

Lost Lucifer Rising soundtrack by Jimmy Page revisited, remixed and released today, and available now, via the Jimmy Page website at “LUCIFER RISING AND OTHER SOUND TRACKS“. Prices are pretty high, starting at £20 (that’s over US $30) for the standard edition, a £30 deluxe edition limited to 418 copies, and going all the way up to a signed and deluxe edition, limited to 93 copies, at £195. However, it may be too late to get either of the deluxe editions until they start being scalped at unconscionable markup later.



“Today, the Spring Equinox 2012, the title music for Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks will have its premiere and release.

The title music, along with other musical pieces recorded at my home studio in the early Seventies, have been revisited, remixed and released for the first time.

This is a musical diary of avant-garde compositions and experiments, one of which was to appear on the film Lucifer Rising.

The collection has been exhumed and is now ready for public release. This will be available exclusively on the website.

There will be a standard release on heavyweight vinyl.

In addition there will be a special run of 418 numbered copies. The first 93 copies will be signed and numbered.

There are liner notes and commentary to each track. The tracks are:

Side One
1) Lucifer Rising – Main Track

Side Two
1) Incubus
2) Damask
3) Unharmonics
4) Damask – Ambient
5) Lucifer Rising – Percussive Return” — Jimmy Page [via]


There’s a couple of articles lately about a new release of Jimmy Page’s lost soundtrack for Kenneth Anger’s Lucifer Rising at DETAILS OF JIMMY PAGE’S NEW ALBUM UNEARTHED and Jimmy Page’s early-1970s soundtrack recording ‘Lucifer Rising’ to be released on March 20


“A lost soundtrack recording from the early 1970s by Jimmy Page has been ‘revisited and remixed,’ according to the legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist — and will finally see release on Tuesday, March 20.

‘I was really nervous because the opening sequence is a dawning sequence which brings comparisons to the film 2001, A Space Odyssey to mind,’ Page said, in an interview during the ongoing sessions for the original soundtrack recording. ‘The film was shot in Egypt and I wanted to create a timelessness so by using a synthesizer I tried to change the actual sounds of every instrument so you couldn’t say immediately ‘that’s a drum or guitar.’ I was juggling around the sounds to lose a recognizable identity as such. In 2001, a Space Odyssey there was fantastic music done with voices. I wanted to attempt to do that with Zeppelin in the beginning.'”

“Page’s rough drafts — which took on something of a legendary status over the years, and were included on countless bootlegs, notably Solo Performances — have now been fleshed out, and will be available exclusively through JimmyPage.com.” [via]


“Yesterday we reported on Jimmy Page’s new album Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks, which will be released on March 20 via his website. Today, we have discovered a 2006 interview with the Led Zepplin guitarist that goes into detail about his unreleased score of the 1972 film that forms the bulk of the new album.” [via, 2006 interview]


New Retrospace post waxing nostalgic over the rise and fall of mainstream coverage of the occult the during the 60’s and 70’s

New Retrospace post waxing nostalgic over the rise and fall of mainstream coverage of the occult the during the 60’s and 70’s at “The Occult #3: Generation Hexploitation“.

“There’s so much about the 1960’s and 1970’s that fascinates me. The titanic shift in the psychology of the U.S. and other Western countries during this period will forever both confound and interest me. Somehow, in just a few short decades, this country went from Singing in the Rain to I Spit on Your Grave. This shouldn’t be all that much of a surprise considering everything that was going on in the world: a war in Vietnam, students protesting in the streets, a president assassinated, nuclear annihilation right around the corner, a march on Selma, etc., etc. Amid all this, one thing that has intrigued me for a long time is the so-called ‘Occult Explosion’.” [via]