Kate Bush, Aleister Crowley and Stephen Fry
A Demon In The Drift: Kate Bush Interviewed in The Quietus:
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Thanks for the heads up - a great read!
Yes, it was a great interview. We all want to be torn apart by the hounds of love, don't we - always under will, of course.
Or is it just me running up that hill again?
I think it's just The Dreaming of Cloudbusting and Big Sky whilst Running up that Hill Michael, torn apart by the Hounds of Love under will, now that is temptation 😀
Frank Reich? Who he? Surely you mean Wilhelm Reich, or else his son Peter (whose book A Book Of Dreams is worth a read), with whom he was involved on cloudbu[r]sting missions?
It was a most unusual sort of interview – rather like overhearing two people having a conversation in a pub, one of whom is in his cups & the other one is gallantly trying to chivvy them along. I read the other day that Johnny Rotten aka Lydon was a closet Kate Bush fan in the Pistols heyday – just fancy! But as he was also covertly into Van der Graaf Generator, Captain Beefheart and Can as well it shouldn’t be that surprising.
I've got very interested recentely in Kate's work, and I think she is probably a Golden Dawn friend/follower/something similar. ...
Also some might want to check out the LBRP in her track "Lily"
Does anyone know, is Kate in the OTO as well? And does she happen to use of those there orgone 'sex box' thingummybobs?
I wandered lonely as a cloud….
Norma N.Joy Conquest
I like the cover of "Running up that Hill" by Placebo (and indeed everything by them) better than the original. Kate Bush sings in the cover as well.
Thanks you for clarifying, wolf. I did not have time to give more than a cursory skim through your link – sorry! There are just not enough hours in the day. The addition of Frank to the Reich family circle was a new one on me… but having said that, I have gone back for another gander & still can’t find the reference. I may be a thickie brickie, but please point it out directly for me?! And whose son – Wilhelm’s or Peter’s?
I had wondered, however, if the cloudbusting (not bursting, although the semantic difference here is of the order of ‘fill’ and ‘kill’, I think) equipment in Kate’s video is kosher, since the ones I have seen look a little bit different & her one seemed a lot more wacky & sci-fi retro-futuristic, but in the process of going back and checking your link again I notice she says no - her model of the cloudbuster “was designed as a cross between an Ack Ack gun and a pipe organ”. – Quite hilariously put Kate, and it appears to have the matter covered in a nutshell!
I ask again, though, does anyone know if she has used one of Wilhelm’s famed orgone accumulators, labelled by the media with their usual regard for accuracy the fiendish instrument of his “sex box cult”? (Let’s ignore the OTO).
Reich was incidentally way ahead of his time in so many of his applications & I consider him second only to Crowley in terms of his impact upon the establishment of the New Aeon. His work with easing character armour could resolve most of humanity’s neuroses if taken up by everyone with an ounce of overuseful stress in their systems (which is almost everyone, I would venture, short of Polynesian islanders and the like). I experienced Reich’s biodynamic vegeto-massage with a therapist for five consecutive years in the 80s at the Gerda Boyesen Institute (google it!) in London, & do not consider a minute of it wasted and would strongly recommend anyone interested in this aspect of Reich’s practical applications to check it out. (Mind you, I have not been back there for about twenty years but have no reason to suspect they will have changed that much. Not that I would imagine they might appreciate a recommendation from "the notorious Aleister Crowley" Society website, possibly, as they are a fairly “straight” and not at all a cranky organization – if so, sorry, Mary!).
Back rather more to topic, does Stephen Fry get another look in on this particular thread? Is he in the OTO? I know he’s supposed to be pretty buddy-buddy with Prince Charles, so maybe it could be a possibility he might be in “the other one”? [Hush!]
Starless and bible black (- not!),*
(* I thought this week I would end my sign offs with quotes from King Crimson (or to be exact, Dylan Thomas here, o ye pedants), rather than last weeks's The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, which I have now exhausted. But I may possibly get bored with it before the end, however...)
With the recent and not so recent literary comparisons between Crowley and Gurdjieff (Mistleberger’s ‘The Three Dangerous Magi’ and Hall’s ‘Beezlebub and the Beast’), it is interesting to see that Kate Bush gave reference to Gurdjieff in her song ‘Them Heavy People’ from 1978. Here is an excerpt of the lyrics:
“They open doorways that I thought were shut for good
They read me Gurdjieff and Jesu
They build up my body, break me emotionally
It's nearly killing me, but what a lovely feeling!
I love the whirling of the dervishes
I love the beauty of rare innocence”
I remember reading an interview where Kate said that her brother had got her interested in Gurdjieff and she read some related books.
There is no direct mention of interest in Crowley by her in her lyrics or interviews that I know of though.