Though he was originally from Brooklyn and raised by adoptive parents in rural Kansas, George Alexander Aberle aka eden ahbez, is about as California as they come. He was discovered in the 1940s while working in one of Los Angeles- earliest raw vegetarian restaurants and was known throughout the 50s and 60s for being spotted on the streets of LA in full white robe, sandals, and beard, and legendarily camping underneath the first L in the HOLLYWOOD sign. After writing numerous hits for jazz and pop singers, including the iconic @Nature Boy@ made famous by Nat King Cole in 1948, ahbez *who spelled his name with lower ca... + INFO
Antonin Artaud was a French poet, dramatist, and director and one of the most important figures in 20th century European theater, and especially the avant/garde. His piece -Pour En Finir Avec Le Jugement De Dieu- was recorded in 1947 to be aired on French radio. But the project was shelved not only for its scatological, anti/American, anti/religious content, but also for its avant/garde sound, with screams, cries, grunts, glossolalia, and general cacophony, all of which the radio thought would be too shocking for the listeners of post/WWII France. Now regarded as one of his most brilliant works, the piece is finally a... + INFO
The late Deben Bhattacharya was a noted Bengali record producer, ethnomusicologist, poet, documentarian, radio producer, and all around renaissance man. Having moved from Northern India to London as a young man, Bhattacharya began working for the BBC as a radio producer. In 1955, having worked all possible angles to securing funding Bhattacharya traveled to India to record musicians. The success of this trip allowed him to travel again soon after to the countries of the Middle East. With recordings from Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan, as well as India and Pakistan, this LP is one of the best and ea... + INFO
Reissue on LP some of the only known recordings from the infamous occultist, mystic, magician, poet, novelist, sexual deviant, and all/around misfit, Aleister Crowley. Recorded onto wax cylinder in the early 1910s, and later transferred to 78 RPM discs. The tracks include Crowleys recitation of the first two Enochian Keys, original poetry, incantations, and songs. An absolutely essential piece of occult history reissued on LP.
Maya Deren *1917-1961( was a Russian/American filmmaker and one of the most important voices in avant/garde cinema of the mid/20th century. She was a muse and inspiration to such up/and/coming avant/garde filmmakers as Curtis Harrington, Stan Brakhage, and Kenneth Anger, who emulated her independent, entrepreneurial spirit. Throughout the 1940s and 50s, Deren attacked Hollywood for its artistic, political and economic monopoly over American cinema. She stated, "I make my pictures for what Hollywood spends on lipstick". When Maya Deren decided, between the end of the 40s and the beginning of the 50s, to make an ethnogr... + INFO