Relevant Reads: Season of the Witch (2014)

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Every Thursday, to celebrate Tarcher Books’s long-standing commitment to its readers, we’ll be throwing back select backlist titles personally curated by our imprint’s editors, associates and directors. Jeremy P. Tarcher founded the publishing company more than forty years ago to share a powerful message: Great lives begin with great ideas. Today, the imprint publishes some sixty titles annually all committed to promoting this mission.


1. WHO
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Season of the Witch by Peter Bebergal

Published in 2014

“This epic cultural and historical odyssey unearths the full influence of occult traditions on rock and roll – from the Beatles to Black Sabbath – and shows how the marriage between mysticism and music changed our world.”

5. WHY
Genuine excitement makes for the best stories. In Season of the Witch, author Peter Bebergal benefits from his natural zeal for the speculative and slightly fringe as he navigates the occult’s riveting and wildly undeniable influence on the vanguards of rock and roll. From Led Zeppelin to Madonna, Bebergal’s comprehensive survey of rock star legends and their debts to darker, esoteric phenomena paints a powerful picture that makes it impossible to divorce the two. To those interested in learning about the roots of rock and roll’s visual, musical and ideological imagination, this book is a must-read.


“The contemporary gothic subculture dressed itself in dark finery, disdained normative gender roles, and no longer believed music needed to change the world. It could merely mirror the inner life. Similarly, the occult is largely a fashion statement, an affect that alludes to something taboo but is only really visible as a shadow, a half-remembered dream. But while Goth did not use magic as a weapon like its industrial rock cousin, it still recognized that the occult imagination is powerful all on its own. One need not cast a spell, divine he future, or hold a séance. The mere intimation of a hidden, mysterious reality can set the heart afire, ignite the creative spirit, and transform culture, and popular music, forever.”

Be sure to pick up the paperback edition slated for release this October 13th.