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Mainstream Music Goes Pagan. . . .Again?

By Sarah

There’s been a trend I’ve been noticing over the past few years – especially in indie music- essentially that images of witchcraft and paganism are cool again. Paganism and the occult went through a previous “cool” period in the 60s and 70s during the height of the modern witchcraft revival – bands like Led Zeppelin and The Doors were coming out with song with pagan lyrics and including occult and pagan imagery on their album covers. Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin was well known for his obsession with all things occult, Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones even flirted with magic for a while, and musician Gary “Valentine” Lachman who played for Blondie, The Know, and Iggy Pop became a full-time occult scholar and author. Well everything seems to come full circle in trends and it’s happening again! The well known UK newspaper The Guardian recently published an article titled “How Pop Went Pagan” for anyone interested in learning more about this phenomena.

While in both the past and more recent music history, it has been heavy metal and hard rock bands like Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and the more modern Godsmack who have associations with the occult, many new indie and pop musicians are the children of pagans or are pagans themselves, and this is reflected in both their music and image. Some examples of pagan and occult influenced indie and pop bands include The Wild Beasts, Bat for Lashes, Florence and the Machine, Little Boots, Fleet Foxes, Fever Ray, The Devil Makes Three, Clinic, Björk, Kate Bush, Tori Amos… among others. For paganism and Wicca in mainstream hard rock keep your ears peeled for Godsmack, Melissa Auf der Maur, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, and A Perfect Circle.

Read the original article at: Pagan Bookworm

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