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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Beatles and ILLUMINATUS!

This morning as I drove to work, I listened to the Beatles' "Revolver" album. Sgt. Pepper is often described as the group's best album, but I've always felt that true Beatles fans would pick "Revolver."

"Revolver" is the album that includes "Yellow Submarine," and Hagbard Celine of course has a golden submarine that he deploys against the Illuminati. "Revolver" also includes "Tomorrow Never Knows," whoae lyrics, according to Wikipedia, are "adapted from the book The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead by Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, and Ralph Metzner, which in turn was adapted from the Tibetan Book of the Dead."

Robert Anton Wilson never seemed particularly interested in pop music, but Robert Shea may be another story. When I wrote to Shea's son, Mike Shea, and asked if his father was interested in the Beatles, Mike replied, "My dad was a HUGE beatles fan. One of his happiest days was when I left for camp listening to Michael Jackson and came back home listening to Sgt. Pepper."


Manic The Doodler said...

Revolver has long been my favorite Beatles album along with the White Album. Sgt. Pepper is one of those records that has been ruined (at least for me) by being over-played on FM AOR radio.

Eric Wagner said...

The attempted murder of Calliastro in Schroedinger's Cat reminds me of the murder of John Lennon.