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joe93
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07/10/2012 10:23 pm  

While watching the re-released Magical Mystery Tour on the silver screen last week, something caught my eye. I wasn't mistaken - it's another Crowlean image with a Fabs link; in this case three (original) Carfax Monographs pinned to the wall behind 'Richard Starkey, MBE'...


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William Thirteen
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07/10/2012 10:42 pm  

great catch!


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lashtal
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07/10/2012 11:00 pm  

Well spotted!

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joe93
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07/10/2012 11:01 pm  

I'm hoping that this won't be more grist to the mill (ha!) for the 'Macca-is-dead-and-also-Satantist-Crowley's-son' nutters on the web, 'cos the truth is probably more prosaic: Grant did write two AC articles for International Times, an underground paper which McCartney was closely associated with. Good fun though, the images are held in shot for quite some time. With the lads dressed as magicians, natch. But to think of something so valuable as original Carfax's pinned to the wall. Oof.


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Michael Staley
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07/10/2012 11:34 pm  

Yes, incredibly well spotted, joe93. The first of the two articles for IT appeared in 1968 I believe (can't find my copy at present). Although the Carfax Monographs are venerated today, in 1967 they would have been pretty obscure - the more so given the small number of copies issued - which makes the inclusion in Magical Mystery Tour even more striking. The film appeared a couple of years before The Confessions was published by Symonds and Grant, which is when KG became more generally known.


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joe93
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08/10/2012 12:39 am  

It's certainly a mystery! The images appear again later in the same 'laboratory' scene. The Monographs are, from top to bottom, VII: Hidden Lore; II: The Golden Dawn, and III, Aleister Crowley. 'The Beatles were magic...with a K' quoth The Walrus.


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08/10/2012 10:06 am  

Yes, incredibly well spotted, joe93

Yes, I'm very impressed with your observation.


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09/10/2012 12:20 am  

I will to one day be the proud owner of at least one original Carfax Monograph.  An entire set, would be amazing to own, of course, but being "The Holy Graal" for collectors of Typhonia, an entire set it is well nigh impossible to obtain.  These are so rare, those that do own them would never ever part with them.  As I have never once seen, one, much less an entire set for sale anywhere.  Ever.


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Michael Staley
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09/10/2012 4:27 pm  

I have just the one Monograph myself, the one of the Golden Dawn, badly foxed (aren't we all?) but treasured all the same. I recently had the pleasure of seeing a set that had been in store for many years, and was thus in mint condition. The watercolours by Steffi Grant were as fresh and vivid as if she had painted them a few hours previously. Delectable.


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09/10/2012 9:15 pm  

Wow, Mick!  A mint set...delectable, indeed!


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Michael Staley
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09/10/2012 9:24 pm  

The Carfax Monographs were an extraordinary achievement in my view. Ten of them issued over several years, each copy of each monograph being accompanied by a drawing, each of which was coloured by hand. The exception was the monograph on Spare, which was accompanied by a b/w photograph of the stele which Spare did for the Grants. The quality of reproduction of the watercolours is superb in the Fulgur edition Hidden Lore: Hermetic Glyphs, but couldn't capture the vibrancy of the originals.


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10/10/2012 9:47 pm  

Has anyone noticed any more relevant references to Crowley or Grant inMagical Mystery Tour?

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Michael Staley
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10/10/2012 9:54 pm  

As a result of this thread I'll aim to watch it again soon (never seen it since Boxing Day 1967) and see what else there is.


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11/10/2012 12:31 am  

i was a fair bit o beatles fanatic in my elementary and middle school years, and i saw all the films...save this one. so now i have even more reason to watch it! very well spotted joe ^^


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