Find the Others
I also come in praise of the love for Love, who I first heard on MIT's fantastic community radio station, MBR. That slipperiness between the light and the dark drew me in and sent me down the Arthur Lee rabbit hole. Appreciate the piece.
Great stuff, especially the time you spent on Arthur Lee and his beautiful and visionary lysergic bummer-whispering.
Curious if you've ever examined, or heard of a deep examination of Sly Stone's occultism? I've always assumed it was conscious or unconscious racism that kept Sly from being lumped in with the Jimmy Pages and David Bowies of the Crowley electric music continuum, and I'd really love to grok something that goes deep in to that, I mean the dude wore a star of David (wasn't Jewish), literally had a song called "everybody is a star", another song with the repeated refrain "shadrach meshach and abednego", and was defiantly proud of his early adoption of drugs as gate opening transgression tools. Am I looking too deep in it? Was he a master because no one actually figured out that he was consciously wizarding? Or was his humanity, in all it's positive and destructive complexity, just invisible to the white press. Or maybe all those things? I'd love your opinion, and possible direction towards a researcher/writer, hopefully of color, who's explored this.