Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock & Roll

Season of the Witch
“During their talk (bowie and w.s. burroughs), Bowie describes the full mythos behind Ziggy, describing a race of alien superbeings called the ‘infinites,’ living black holes using Ziggy as a vessel to give themselves a form people could comprehend. Burroughs countered with his own vision to create an institute to help people achieve greater awareness so humanity will be ready when we make eventual contact with alien life forms.
Bowie’s fascination with alien Gnosticism gave way to a return to the decadent magic of Man Who Sold the World, particularly with the album Diamond Dogs, one of the most frightening albums of the 1970s. The warning of an imminent apocalypse in the song ‘Five Years on Ziggy Stardust’ is realized in the dystopian urban wasteland where ‘fleas the size of rats sucked on rats the size of cats.’ The only hope is in the drugs and the memory of love. The track ‘Sweet Thing’ is a beautiful killer of a song, Bowie’s voice hitting the high notes as if desperate: ‘Will you see that I’m scared and I’m lonely?’
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