Sunday, November 13, 2011

Coven - Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls


I'm excited about the possibilities this blog presents me with, a chance to share my record & mp3 collection and mouth off about it, so naturally I was wondering what I was going to start with. Let's keep things simple- In the late 60s there was a groundswell of popular interest & indeed, fascination with all things occult, and Coven were there. Soon, however, Satanism and witchcraft were being blamed for the appearance of bogeymen like Charles Manson and his followers, the hippies started having bum trips and being Born Again and by the late 70s public opinion started to reflect the creeping conservatism that real demons from Hell like Ronald McReagan were exploiting to further their aims, which consisted of No Sex Before Marriage, No More Recreational Drugs But Drink All The Booze And Smoke All The Cigarettes You Want, as well as All Your Money Is Belong To Us. Satanism is the most misunderstood philosophy ever (not religion, Christians invented that) but what can you expect, fundamentalist Christians are very intolerant people and are ever afraid of the things that don't fit their plans for World Domination, not that they have a hope in um, Hell of achieving that, unless blowing everything to kingdom come seems like a good alternative. But hey, this is supposed to be a party and this is a demonically delicious proggy pop record from the late 60s when there was a groundswell of popular interest & indeed, fascination with all things occult, and...


6 comments:

Mykal said...

Dude, what a fine, Grewbeard synopsis of culture back in the 70s 80s. You ever read Cream Magazine. This reminds me of that great mag.

Prof. Grewbeard said...

weird you should mention Creem, i read that and Circus when i was in high school and was just sitting down to scan an article from an issue of Circus. Creem was the superior mag of course, that's where i first encountered Lester Bangs. hope you can read this, i'm having a font problem...

Mykal said...

I can read it, but I'd change that font. It's cool but barely readable as text - designed more for signs.

Cream was flat out the greatest rock and roll mag ever, bar none. Read it as a teenager, discovered Lester Bangs, etc. Many great writers, great editorial style. Shit, what happened to counter-culture journalism?

Christopher said...

I had this LP

Prof. Grewbeard said...

so did i briefly but then i gave it to a friend who loved it even more than i- well, the gatefold, anyway...

Karswell said...

I've got all the Coven on CD, bought it directly from Jinx herself (also friends with her on facebook!) She has a store on ebay and sells lots of cool original stuff, and she autographs everything too.