Sunday, August 21, 2005

beast of burden

Tonight the Rolling Stones kick off their "A Bigger Bang" tour at Fenway Park, Boston. Heath and I couldn't snag any tickets so we're stuck watching a blurry boot of Cock Sucker's Blues while jamming Mick's wicked, Sandoz-inspired Moog soundtrack to Kenneth Anger's 1969 film Invocation Of My Demon Brother (Arrangement in Black and Gold). Seeing Mick and the boy's playing to 20,000 or so fans with credit card companies as sponsors nearly makes you forget their connect-the-dot association/interest in Crowley. Anger was sorta an astrologer for Keith and Mick, and claims that not only was "Ruby Tuesday" written for him (as was "Sympathy For the Devil"), but composed during a vision in which Keith foresaw Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 one sunny afternoon in '69 as they were getting high and gazing into the onyx stone.

Invocation was Anger's "return" to the screen after 67-81's Lucifer Rising which he claims, leading star and Manson pal, Bobby BeauSoleil (who denies) took off with all the masterpiece footage. Inocation, a quickly fluid, image-saturated, fever-induced hotflash of left-overs from the reshooting of LR, is a concentrated Magickal collage founded on the confrontation of opposites in which Lucifer, the Bringer of Light, is called forth. Mick's soundtrack is a juddering, proto-Throbbing Gristle horror; "an attack on the sensorium" (Anger). Two smeared notes repeat and rip over and over for 10 minutes with muffled glitches beneath. If Let It Bleed would've been meshed with this black energy some tides would have tuned a lot sooner.

Mick Jagger - Invocation Of My Demon Brother


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