Sunday, May 5, 2013

German rock band's Timothy Leary collaboration

Need a soundtrack for your next re-read of Prometheus Rising?

I have been reading the excellent Timothy Leary biography, I Have America Surrounded, by JMR Higgs. Many surprises, including the fact that Leary collaborated with a German "cosmic rock" band, Ash Ra Tempel, on an album, Seven Up, on an album depicting Leary's eight circuits model of consciousness (although at that time, it was seven circuits.) Has anyone heard this?

Higgs' article on the making of the album is here. The article, by the way, lists Leary's favorite music artists -- Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and the Rolling Stones. Leary's list of the "techno-erotic vector bands" is in this blog post. (Although Leary lists many of my favorite artists -- I remain sore that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has not admitted Roxy Music -- the one name I did not recognize when I posted the list was Manuel Göttsching. It turns out that he was the most important element of Ash Ra Tempel).




7 comments:

dylan said...

http://archive.org/details/SevenUp1973

Ronald Pottol said...

The article link is bad.

Ronald Pottol said...

The article link is bad.

Cleveland Okie (Tom Jackson) said...

I just tried the link and it worked fine for me.

Alias Bogus said...

I have a CD copy somewhere...

Cleveland Okie (Tom Jackson) said...

I misunderstood which link was bad, but this time I think the link IS fixed.

Leif said...

Yea but its not worth listening to. Ash Ra Tempel's self-titled debut and 2md album are good old fashioned Kosmique Krautrock