Aleister Crowley: Magick, Rock and Roll, and the Wickedest Man in the World


“Lachman’s biography of Crowley is so entertaining and eloquent that it reads like a suspenseful novel. With humor, compassion, and considerable insight, he brings to light both the positive and negative attributes of the Great Beast, while also revealing him to be “an object lesson in how not to find one’s ‘true will.’” – Louis Proud Mysterious Universe. Read the review.

“In this well-researched tome, Lachman also does a masterful job demonstrating Crowley’s far-reaching legacy. It extends today into many areas of our counter-culture, such as magic, painting, mysticism, esotericism, filmmaking, punk and rock music, heavy metal, death-loving goths and the occult… It’s a terrific read containing a wealth of credible information on what caused the British’s tabloid, John Bull, to tag the wanna-be prophet Crowley as the “wickedest man in the world!” – Bill Hughes LA Post-Examiner

“In Aleister Crowley: Magick, Rock and Roll, And The Wickedest Man In The World, we’re shown Crowley in all of his gory glory, and also advised on how to take him. “Nothing would be easier than to dismiss Crowley as an opportunistic fake,” Lachman writes, “or to take him at face value as the champion of human liberation.” Crowley was, Lachman suggests, “a frustrating confusion of the two.” And he did, according to Lachman,  have flashes of brilliance, enough to inspire Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page to call him “the great misunderstood genius of the twentieth century.” Part of the problem was Crowley’s reliance on the trappings of a second-rate bogeyman. One acquaintance described him as a “nursery imp  masquerading as Mephistopheles.” Still, Lachman boldly compares Crowley to Adolph Hitler. Both, we’re told, “fantasized about some master race, lording it over the masses, and both were enamored of the abyss of irrationality that lay latent in the western soul, and wanted to release it.”” – Don Stradley This Dazzling Time