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  • #104195

    dom
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    No it’s not a Harry Enfield sketch it’s a radio documentary on AC with accounts by people who knew him.

    #104198

    lashtal
    Keymaster

    I remember listening to this one when it was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4, cassette tape machine’s microphone leaning against the radio’s speaker. Happy days and an excellent documentary.

    See also:

    Aleister Crowley Documentary on BBC Radio 4 Extra

    And: http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/f0ae37cfd2fb4194b26539c57e5d2c9c

    The Mischief Makers

    BBC Radio 4 FM, 26 April 1986 22.30
    Synopsis

    Five studies in talent and perversity

    4: Aleister Crowley

    ‘Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.’ ‘Love is the law – law under will.’

    Crowley, poet, mountaineer and black magician, looms in some ways larger and more sinister today than at the time of his death in a seedy Hastings boarding-house nearly 40 years ago. With help from those who knew him or have written about him – Arthur Calder-Marshall, Robin Cecil, Francis King, Angela Yorke – and the voice of the master himself. Frances Donnelly tries to disinter the facts from the fiction obscuring the life of a man who delighted in being styled ‘the wickedest man in the world’.

    Producer GRAHAM TAYAR
    Contributors

    Unknown: Aleister Crowley
    Unknown: Arthur Calder-Marshall
    Unknown: Robin Cecil
    Unknown: Francis King
    Unknown: Angela Yorke
    Unknown: Frances Donnelly

    #104199

    Michael Staley
    Participant

    There was also a good documentary on Radio 4 in 1975, marking the 100th anniversary of Crowley’s birth, including interviews with some who had known him. I have it on cassette tape somwehere, rather poor quality, since someone had taped it for me from Radio 4 Longwave.

    #104203

    dom
    Participant

    I remember listening to this one when it was first broadcast

    yeah there’s some very interesting snippets that give great examples of Crowley’s social interactions.

    #104209

    Michael Staley
    Participant

    @dom

    I thought the most interesting contribution came from Angela Yorke, talking about how Crowley used to visit them for Sunday lunch. The most risible contribution was that of Arthur Calder-Marshall, who was so paranoid that Crowley was going to seduce him that he turned up with his girlfriend.

    #104239

    Bedazzled
    Participant

    This must be earlier programme: http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/134218da005746f4a46ed6b7375baad4

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    #104243

    dom
    Participant

    @michaelstaley

    The most risible contribution was that of Arthur Calder-Marshall, who was so paranoid that Crowley was going to seduce him that he turned up with his girlfriend.

    Risible? Why? Wasn’t that a good example of ‘the demon Crowley’ at work?

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    #104245

    Michael Staley
    Participant

    @dom

    Have you heard Calder-Marshall’s contribution? It’s both risible and hilarious. I’ve no idea whether or not it is a “good example of ‘the demon Crowley’ at work” as you suggest, and frankly I care even less. However, it certainly is comedy gold to hear the pompous, self-important twerp relate it.

    #104253

    dom
    Participant

    Have you heard Calder-Marshall’s contribution? It’s both risible and hilarious. I’ve no idea whether or not it is a “good example of ‘the demon Crowley’ at work” as you suggest, and frankly I care even less. However, it certainly is comedy gold to hear the pompous, self-important twerp relate it.

    This is the guy who said that Crowley was trying to take advantage of him by getting him alone and then plying him with brandy? Right?

    #104254

    Michael Staley
    Participant

    @dom

    This is the guy who said that Crowley was trying to take advantage of him by getting him alone and then plying him with brandy? Right?

    Yes, right.

    #104255

    dom
    Participant

    What are you saying that the guy is a liar?

    #104256

    William Thirteen
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    #104257

    dom
    Participant

    I’m open to believing that story. I suggest you reread Colin Wilson’s bio on AC. He was perpetually on the run from reality encroaching upon his oversized addict ego.

    That doesn’t take away his more lucid moments of creative writing, insights and philosophy but get some perspective here. You wouldn’t have lent this guy money if you have any sense that is.

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    #104259

    Michael Staley
    Participant

    @dom

    I’m open to believing that story. I suggest you reread Colin Wilson’s bio on AC. He was perpetually on the run from reality encroaching upon his oversized addict ego.

    That doesn’t take away his more lucid moments of creative writing, insights and philosophy but get some perspective here. You wouldn’t have lent this guy money if you have any sense that is.

    I have no difficulty whatever in believing that the incident happened. What I found risible was Arthur Calder-Marshall himself. When you say “but get some perspective here” you seem to be under the impression that I am some Crowley fan-boy who suppurates Crowleyanity from every pore and who cannot believe anything bad about his guru.

    Puh-leaze.

    #104260

    Tiger
    Participant

    @ Michael Staley
    Haven’t you learned to vilipend the posts that pose as an authority, and even poses as a shrink from time to time ?

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