How Rock and Roll Found Satan — And Why That Was a Good Thing

from io9.comPeter Bebergal’s Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll is a must-read for anyone who prefers their music loud, riff-driven, and loaded with lyrics about Satan, wizards, and mystical quests.

Bebergal, an academic by day (he studied at Harvard’s Divinity School) and metal head by both day and night, is also the author of memoir Too Much to Dream: A Psychedelic American Boyhood. His writing style is both scholarly and entertainingly readable, and though Season of the Witch is a relatively slim volume, it packs a remarkable amount of analysis and music history (plus: esoteric fun facts) onto every page. I caught up with him recently for a chat about the allure of music’s dark side.
io9: Not to start off completely superficially, but Season of the Witch has one of the coolest covers I’ve seen.
Peter Bebergal: I was actually hoping for that reaction. Having that artist [Arik Roper] was a dream come true — it looks like a 1970s black light poster. It also really also captures the spirit of the book in a way. I really do think there’s something valuable to say about how rock ‘n’ roll history was impacted by these ideas and these images, but I hope it also comes across that the book is also about my love affair with this music, with these images, and with these stories, particularly as they rose up in the late 1960s and ’70s.
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