About Gary Lachman
I am the author of more than a dozen books on the meeting ground between consciousness, culture, and the western inner tradition:
Madame Blavatsky: The Mother of Modern Spirituality (Tarcher/Penguin 2012)
Swedenborg: An Introduction to his Life and Ideas (Tarcher/Penguin 2012)
Jung The Mystic: The Esoteric Dimensions of Carl Jung’s Life and Teachings (Tarcher/Penguin 2010)
The Dedalus Book of the 1960s: Turn Off Your Mind (new, revised and expanded 2nd edition Dedalus 2010)
Into the Interior: Discovering Swedenborg (2nd edition Swedenborg Society 2009)
Politics and the Occult: The Right, the Left, and the Radically Unseen (Quest Books 2008)
The Dedalus Book of Literary Suicides: Dead Letters (Dedalus 2008)
Rudolf Steiner: An Introduction to His Life and Work (Tarcher/Penguin 2007)
In Search of P.D. Ouspensky: The Genius in the Shadow of Gurdjieff (2nd edition Quest Books 2006)
The Dedalus Occult Reader: The Garden of Hermetic Dreams (Dedalus 2005)
A Dark Muse: The Dedalus Book of the Occult (Dedalus 2003)
A Secret History of Consciousness (Lindisfarne 2003)
As Gary Valentine I was a founding member of the pop group Blondie and I recount my memoirs of that time in
New York Rocker: My Life in the Blank Generation with Blondie, Iggy Pop, and Others 1974-1981 (2nd edition Thunders Mouth Press 2006)
I wrote the groups’ first single “X-Offender” and my song “(I’m Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear” was a top 10 hit in the UK and Europe. In 1978 as Gary Valentine, I released a single “The First One,” and from ’78 to 1980 fronted my own group, The Know, who in 1980 relased a single “I Like Girls” with Planet Records. In 1981 I was a guitarist for Iggy Pop on two North American tours. In 1996-97 I took part in the Blondie reunion, performing at festivals and recording. In 1998-2000 I fronted a second group, Fire Escape, and in 2003 released a CD Tomorrow Belongs to You containing unreleased early recordings with the Know as well as material from my time with Fire Escape. In 2006, despite all my efforts, I was inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of Fame.
Since 1996, I have lived in London where I am a full time writer, contributing to the Fortean Times, Independent on Sunday, Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, Gnosis, Mojo, EnlightenNext, Lapis, Sunday Times and other journals in the UK and US. I lecture regularly in London and abroad, am a frequent guest on BBC Radio 3 and 4, have appeared in several television documentaries on the history of the counterculture, and my work has been translated into German, French, Czech, Russian, Italian, Finnish, Norwegian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Turkish.
Inner Knowing ed. Helen Palmer (Tarcher/Penguin 1998)
Book of Lies ed. Richard Metzger (Disinformation 2003)
The Inner West ed. Jay Kinney (Tarcher/Penguin 2004)
Punk: The Whole Story (Dorling Kindersley 2006)
Between Method and Madness: Essays on Swedenborg and Literature ed. Stephen McNeilly (Swedenborg Society 2005)
The Arms of Morpheus; Essays on Swedenborg and Mysticism ed. Stephen McNeilly (Swedenborg Society 2007)
I have also written a foreword to a new edition of Colin Wilson’s novel The Mind Parasites (Monkfish 2005), edited and written an afterword to Valery Bruisov’s novel The Fiery Angel (Dedalus 2005), and am a regular contributor to Strange Attractor Journal. I have written two voulmes in the Pauper’s Press Colin Wilson Studies series and contributed a long essay on the work of the avant garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger to the British Film Institute’s 2009 box set DVD release of Anger’s Magick Lantern Cycle.
Recently I contributed an audio guide to an exhibition on Secret Societies held at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Germany. The exhibition is on from June to November 2011, when it will move to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bordeaux. Here you can listen to the guide – in German – and find out more about the exhibition. The exhibition’s catalogue, to which I’ve contributed two essays, is available here.