OCCULT LA: Season of the Witch - How the Occult Saved Rock 'N Roll (w/ a special screening of Performance)

Presented by Jodi Wille (Dir. of The Source Family)

Occult LA is baaaack! Join us for a Samhain special featuring Peter Bebergal, author of the acclaimed book SEASON OF THE WITCH: HOW THE OCCULT SAVED ROCK AND ROLL, and a rarely seen 35mm screening of the legendary occult rock classic Performance (1970) starring Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg!

Through a specially-curated program of iconic and obscure music videos, stills, shorts, and film clips Bebergal will illuminate a secret occult history of rock ‘n’ roll, from Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Arthur Brown and Hawkwind to Psychic TV, SunnO)) and Jay-Z—all who owe their mystique to occultists like Aubrey Beardsley, Aleister Crowley, Madame Blavatsky, and others as well as to the pomp and pageantry of secret brotherhoods and neo-pagans. Clips include hoodoo spirituals, an occult-themed Pepsi commercial, a never-before-shown Source Family/YaHoWha 13 public-access TV performance, and moments from films like The Devil Rides Out, The Song Remains the Same, and more, to show how this spiritual rebellion crafted rock’s mythic soul and radically transformed backbeat music into a force of cultural revolution and political, spiritual, sexual, and social liberation.

After Performance, join us on the patio for Peter’s book signing and a Samhain celebration with “magical” (non-psychedelic) reishi mushroom tea!

Dirs. Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell, 1970, 35mm, 105 mins.