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Thursday, August 2, 2007

Rick Wakeman explains why he provided musical score for the controversial Aleister Crowley documentary

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

LONDON, UK (ANS) — Rock keyboard legend, Rick Wakeman, has explained why he has provided the film score for the controversial new movie, “Aleister Crowley – The Wickedest Man In The World: In Search Of The Great Beast 666.”

The film, which features the voice of acting legend Joss Ackland, tells the story of Aleister Crowley, who proclaimed himself to be “The Great Beast” and who was known by the press as “The Wickedest Man in the World.”

Crowley was perhaps the most controversial and notorious individuals in British history. This dramatically reconstructed film unearths the barely believable and shocking facts surrounding a man who was voted in a BBC poll to be one of the most influential Britons of all time. Was he related to US President George Bush? How was he connected to the founder of Scientology, NASA, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jack the Ripper, Winston Churchill, Ian Fleming and how did this occultist, spy, poet, writer and accomplished mountaineer, come to know and influence so many other remarkable people.
Wakeman, a committed Christian, explained in a statement on his website — www.rwcc.com — why he had provided the musical score for the film which was made by Classic Home Entertainment:

“There is no doubt that Alistair Crowley was one of the most evil men that walked this earth,” he said. “His story is a testament to everything that is anti Christian. I find it astonishing that anyone should think, because I am doing music for a documentary film on his life, that that means I support his views. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

“If it is the case that a composer should only write music for all he believes in, then I, along with many other musicians, would be out of work. I know Jewish composers who have supplied music for film about Adolf Hitler – should they not have done so? If I was asked to write music for a Saddam Hussein documentary, should I refuse? Of course not!

“My personal view is that, for as long as possible, films about evil people should be shown in order to educate continuing generations what evil can do. If you read the New Testament, it is full of examples where Jesus mixed with some of the worst people in society. Should he have not done so? Of course he should. Did this mean he condoned their ways? Of course not!

“Once again I must make it very clear that by supplying music for any subject matter does not mean I condone the subject matter.”

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