Ask your most pressing questions about the Knights
Templar, Soviet interest in UFOs, and CIA involvement with LSD to Blondie basist and Politics and the Occult author Gary Lachman during an intimate
January 17th, 3pm EST, Noon PST. Details will be announced via email to Backstage members.
We recommend writing some of your questions in the comments section below so that we can make sure to cover them early on the call.
You can read Lachman's RS article "Strange Bedfellows" here.
About Politics and the Occult
"The gritty business of politics is not something we usually associate
with the occult. But esoteric beliefs have influenced the destiny of
nations since the time of ancient Egypt and China, when decisions of
state were based on portents and astrology, to today, when presidents
and prime ministers privately consult self-proclaimed seers. Politics and the Occult
offers a lively history of this enduring phenomenon."
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Gary Lachman is the author of several books on the link between
consciousness, culture, and alternative thought. His books include Turn Off Your Mind: The Mystic Sixties and the Dark Side of the Age of Aquarius; A Secret History of Consciousness; In Search of P.D. Ouspensky; A Dark Muse; Rudolf Steiner: An Introduction to His Life and Thought; and The Dedalus Book of Literary Suicides: Dead Letters.
As Gary Valentine he was a founding member of the rock group Blondie,
played guitar with Iggy Pop, and fronted his own groups the Know and
Fire Escape. New York Rocker: My Life in the Blank Generation
is an account of his years on the New York and Los Angeles underground
music scenes in the 1970s and 80s, and in 2006 he was inducted into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is a regular contributor to Fortean Times, Independent on Sunday, Strange Attractor, What is Enlightenment
and other journals in the US and UK. A frequent lecturer on the history
of the counterculture, Lachman has appeared in several UK television
documentaries and has broadcast for the BBC. He lives in London. His most recent book is Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen (Quest, 2008).