Peter Bebergal studied religion at Brandeis and Harvard Divinity School and writes frequently on the intersection of popular culture, religion, and science as well as reviews on science fiction and fantasy. Some of his essays and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Tin House, Tablet Magazine, The Revealer, Killing the Buddha, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and The Believer.
"A fascinating thesis reflecting the time when everyone seemed to
give rock and roll the status of, if not a religion, then certainly
that of a spiritual belief system. Peter Bebergal's Season of the
Witch brought it all back. It's an absorbing read deserving an
important place in rock literature."
"Rather than turning in either a fanboyish rhapsody or a
scholarly dissertation, he treads the line between those
approaches. The result is passionate, informed, gripping and at
times wonderfully lyrical."
--NPR"This sharply written narrative illuminates the centrality of the occult imagination at the heart of rock and roll."
--Library Journal (starred review)
"A thoroughly researched, absorbing, entertaining ride for
anyone who's ever played the Beatles' 'White Album' backwards."
--Andrea Shea, WBUR/ NPR "Kudos to Bebergal for taming the wily spirits of rock long enough to capture their essence in this fascinating book. Perhaps more impressive is the book's comprehensiveness--from Delta blues to beatnik bluster to acid evangelists to metal overlords, Season of the Witch puts the hellfire in highbrow."
--The Contrarian "Skillfully woven...will delight any music fan and music historian in equal measure."
--Spirituality Today (5/5 stars) "This book is a glorious headlong rush into the dark, full of the electricity of the arcane. I loved it."
--Warren Ellis, author of Gun Machine and Transmetropolitan "From grimoires to topographic oceans, from heavy metal to hip-hop, Peter Bebergal tracks the Mysteries through half a century of popular music (and some underground noise as well). At once an overview of rock's mystic rebellions and a handy primer on modern esoterica, Season of the Witch suggests that we may need to round out the trinity of sex, drugs, and rock' n' roll with an additional deity: the occult, another primal portal to a re-enchanted world."
--Erik Davis, author of Led Zeppelin IV and Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica "Told with clear-eyed scholarship and delectable anecdotes, Peter Bebergal's mind-expanding occult history opened my third eye to Rock & Roll's awesome power over human behavior. Rock & Roll will never sound the same to me again, and I'm glad about it."
--Mark Frauenfelder, founder of Boing Boing "Bebergal displays an intelligent understanding of the interaction between religion and culture when he argues that the '"occult imagination is the vital force of rock-and-roll culture.' "
--Publishers Weekly "Peter Bebergal has written of his own searching, reconciling spiritual aspirations and personal background, in The Faith Between Us and Too Much To Dream. Both are on my bookshelves. Here, in Season Of The Witch, Peter presents an overview of one "alternative influence" at work on some of those intending to change the world.
The world they hoped to change was a dangerous mess. Now, half a century later..."
--Robert Fripp "Unfussy but thoroughly documented...establishes the occult as a phenomenon above and beyond its debatable status of mere fad in the history of contemporary music."--Ralph Elawani, Exclaim!
"Anyone seeking shocking tales of demonic rock'n'roll would be best served looking elsewhere, but for someone interested in the interplay between music, culture and spirituality, Season Of The Witch is a revelatory and fascinating grimoire." --Record Collector "A must-read for anyone who prefers their music loud, riff-driven, and loaded with lyrics about Satan, wizards, and mystical quests." --Cheryl Eddy, io9.com
"Bebergal, a Dungeons & Dragons playing rock fanboy and graduate of Harvard Divinity School has exactly the right pedigree for this line of work, infusing what could be a dry litany of rumors, hearsay, and matter-of-facts with a genuine love for the source material." --Cooper Berkmoyer, Flavorpill