MACK #92: Aleister Crowley

It’s October! So that means it is time for some spooky shit! Woooo!

This week’s spooky shit is none other than Aleister Crowley. Aleister is spooky for a few reasons.

Of course most people know him as some sort of dark magic sex maniac who started his own religion. All of that is true, and all of that is spooky. But! You know what’s even spookier? How much influence he had on some of western culture’s biggest icons. John Lennon, Jimmy Page, Timothy Leary, David Bowie, the list goes on and on. [Sidenote — Jimmy Page is fucking bananas.]

Want to know something else? There seems to be a shit ton of pro-Crowley videos on youtube. Go ahead and search them for yourself. God forbid you are a free speech and second amendment loving conservative on youtube though. They have zero tolerance for that, but Crowley and his band of misfit followers are A fucking O.K.

That’s pretty insane to me.

Anywhoo, I digress. In this week’s podcast Dave and I discuss Crowley’s beginnings and some of his bat shit insane philosophies. We also play some clips from a documentary I recommend you watch if you are looking for more info on Aleister.

Fair warning! There seems to be no end of documentaries about him, but for quite a few of them on youtube, you realize pretty quickly that they aren’t so much a documentary as much as they are a propaganda piece on how amazing Aleister Crowley was. Fucking weird.

After we’re done discussin’ we turn to a list [from] of songs by bands who were inspired by Crowley. Sorry if some of your heroes are on this list. Maybe it’s time to rethink your heroes.

We’ll be sticking with spooky for the rest of the month! I hope you enjoyed this episode and I’ll see you next time!