October 9th, 2010 / 4:39 pm

How To Reassert The Universe Of Magic

“There IS a responsibility to the audience,” he said. “We don’t want anything bad to happen to these kids–we don’t want to release anything we can’t handle.” We talked about magic and Aleister Crowley. Jimmy said that Crowley has been maligned as a black magician, whereas magic is neither white nor black, good nor bad–it is simply alive with what it is: the real thing, what people really feel and want and are. I pointed out that this “either/or” straitjacket had been imposed by Christianity when all magic became black magic; that scientists took over from the Church, and Western man has been stifled in a non-magical universe known as “the way things are.” Rock music can be seen as one attempt to break out of this dead soulless universe and reassert the universe of magic.

“Rock Magic: Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin,
And a search for the elusive Stairway to Heaven”
by William Burroughs
Crawdaddy Magazine, June 1975


  1. stephen
  2. Tony O'Neill

      Wow, thanks for linking this… very very cool.