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Farewell Dark Queen

Anita Pallenberg passed away today at 73 years old. What an incredible woman. She was Keith Richards’ first wife and was the muse of The Rolling Stones at their birth in the 1960’s. She was one of those rare women with intelligence, beauty, magnetism and an adventurous spirit. She was completely her own person and fearlessly walked her path. The perfect example of a woman living her life to the fullest.

I greatly admired her as a teenager and read about her all the time. I never wanted to be like the movie stars of the late 70’s – I wanted to be like Anita: independent, confident and exotic. She was the heart and spirit of The Rolling Stones – the REAL badass.

From Vogue magazine:

Anita Pallenberg Passes Away at Age 73

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Anita Pallenberg, the model, actress, perennial style icon, perpetual fashion reference, and perhaps rock and roll’s most famous muse passed away today, at age 73. The news was made public on Instagram this afternoon by Stella Schnabel. “I have never met a woman quite like you Anita,” she wrote. “I don’t think there is anybody in this universe like you. No one has ever understood me so well. You showed about life and myself and how to grow and become and exist with it all. I was a little girl thinking I was big but I became a woman through knowing you. The secret lyrical you. My best friend. The greatest woman I have ever known. Thank you for the most important lessons – because they are ever changing and definitive. Like you. We are all singing for you, how you liked it. Go in peace my Roman mother, you will always be in my heart.”

Pallenberg, who Marianne Faithfull once called “the most incredible woman I’d met in my life” as well as “dazzling, beautiful, hypnotic and unsettling” was famously charming— John Phillips once described her as possessing “an unmistakable electrical charge,” though she described herself as “a vagabond. An adventurer… not a person with one specific talent. I wish I was.” She spent the 1960s as an in-demand model and an actress, appearing in films like Barbarella, Performance, and Candy, with Marlon Brando. German-Italian, Pallenberg had social ties that stretched from the Dolce Vita set in Rome to Andy Warhol’s factory, and rose to international fame as part of the impossibly glamorous ultra-bohemian traveling troupe of ur-rock royalty. She certainly left a lasting impression on Keith Richards, who recalled that “she knew everything and she could say it in five languages. She scared the pants off me!” They would later have three children together.

Pallenberg first entered the Rolling Stones’ orbit as Brian Jones’ girlfriend before later taking up with Richards (as well as Mick Jagger, this being the 1970s). “How Anita came to be with Brian is really the story of how the Stones became the Stones,” Faithfull wrote in her 1994 autobiography, Faithfull, “She almost single-handedly engineered a cultural revolution in London by bringing together the Stones and the jeunesse dorée…The Stones came away with a patina of aristocratic decadence that served as a perfect counterfoil to the raw roots blues of their music. This…transformed the Stones from pop stars into cultural icons.” She also had an unmistakable affect on the way that rock and roll looked: in his 2010 autobiography Life, Richards recounts that his way of getting dressed during that era was to slip into Pallenberg’s pants. Her allure, however, far transcended her wardrobe: “Other women evaporated next to her. She spoke in a baffling dada hipsterese. An outlandish Italo-Germanic-Cockney slang that mangled her syntax into surreal fragments….It was all part of her sinister appeal,” wrote Faithfull. All this enticed Keith, who wrote in Life, “I like a high-spirited woman. And with Anita, you knew you were taking on a Valkyrie—she who decides who dies in battle.” Their tumultuous relationship (marked by their shared struggles with substance abuse) would eventually come to an end in the early 1980s.

In 1994, Anita earned a fashion degree at Central Saint Martins and briefly worked with Vivienne Westwood, though she eventually left the industry behind, calling it “too nasty, too rip-off, too hard.” She scorned suggestions of a tell-all style biography, telling The Guardian in 2008 that “publishers want to hear only about the Stones and more dirt on Mick Jagger and I’m just not interested….I had several publishers and they were all the same. They all wanted salacious.” Ultimately, it seems, she was never interested in being anything but herself. “I am ready to die,” she told Alain Elkann in August 2016, “I have done so much here. My Mum died at 94. I don’t want to lose my independence. Now I am over 70 and to be honest I did not think I would live over 40.”

She is survived by her children, Marlon and Angela, and her grandchildren.

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Who really was Aleister Crowley?

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Since 2012 I’ve been immersed in studies of Jewish mysticism and ceremonial magick. I absolutely love it. It’s a fascinating, endless stream of information and mastery. Maybe it’s because I’m a Scorpio and I just gravitate towards mysteries in general; it’s certainly a natural progression from being a white witch for 30 years… plus I love Led Zeppelin.

Anyway, because of my interests, many of my friends ask me lately – “who was Aleister Crowley?”

That’s a question that brings a multifaceted answer. There’s a lot of rumors and wild information out there that come from anxious minds with unsubstantiated stories.  What I’ve personally found is that studying Magick isn’t evil, and neither was this guy (although William Butler Yeats did think he was nuts).

For the curious that want a straightforward, mostly neutral description of him, this article published yesterday is informative, and I want to share it:

“On this day in 1904: the ‘wickedest man in Britain’ completes his manuscript for a new religion”

by Dominic Selwood

“Edward Alexander Crowley was born on 12 October 1875 to a well-off family of Plymouth Brethren in Leamington Spa. He was a willful child, and his mother nicknamed him Therion, the Great Beast 666, from the Book of Revelation.

After school, Crowley went to Trinity College, Cambridge, to read natural sciences. He devoted little time on his studies, and excelled instead at chess and mountaineering. At 22, he decided all was worthless except magic and the occult. He changed his name to the Celtic-sounding Aleister, and spent his spare time writing poetry.

He left Cambridge with no degree and moved to London, where he joined the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. There he met and fell out with the poet W B Yeats, who memorably described Crowley as “an unspeakably mad person”.

Armed with rituals from the Golden Dawn, Crowley moved to Boleskine House on Loch Ness, where he tried to work a summoning ritual for his guardian angel. His work was interrupted, and after a stint mountaineering and meditating in Mexico, he came to believe he was the reincarnation of the Elizabethan alchemist Edward Kelley, who had acted as a medium in the “spiritual conversations” of the polymath Dr John Dee.

In 1903, Crowley married Rose Edith Skerrett, and while on holiday with her in Cairo, started receiving dictation from a spirit named Aiwass. He wrote for an hour a day on 8, 9, and 10 April 1904, completing the manuscript’s three chapters in as many days.

The result was The Book of the Law, or Liber AL vel Legis, and it announced the end of the Christian era, and the start of the Æon of Horus. It is the central text in the practice of Thelema, whose guiding tenet is, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law”. Although Crowley was the first to formulate Thelema into a set of beliefs, the idea originated in Rabelais’ 1534 book, Gargantua, in which the eponymous monster built the anti-church Abbey of Thélème.

 

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Aleister Crowley

Over the coming decades, Crowley developed his experience of magic, the occult, drugs, and sexual liberation, earning a reputation as “the wickedest man in Britain”. He wrote poetry, articles, and books prolifically, but spent all his inheritance and earnings on his experimental lifestyle. He died, penniless, in Hastings on 1 December 1947.

Crowley’s memory was resurrected in the 1960s, when he became a cult counterculture figure, featuring as one of the faces on the album cover for the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. In 1970, Led Zeppelin’s guitarist, Jimmy Page, purchased Boleskine House, which he owned until 1992.

Aside from his considerable literary output, Crowley’s most enduring legacies are the principles and rituals of Thelema – which are practised by various occult groups – and the mystical Crowley-Harris tarot deck, which he designed, and had painted by his friend and disciple Lady Frieda Harris, wife of the Liberal MP for Bethnal Green.”

Original article can be found here

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130 Celebrities that Died in 2016

Such an amazing list of people we lost this year, all of them blazing stars burning brightly. It’s interesting see this list of names:

By: Jon Corrigan 

We said goodbye to – what seemed like – an inordinate number of celebrities in 2016, and from every spectrum of fame.

From David Bowie to Prince, Muhammad Ali to Gordie Howie or Alan Rickman to Gene Wilder, join us in paying them tribute one final time.

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JANUARY – 

Jan. 4 – Robert Stigwood, entertainment manager – managed the Bee Gees and Cream – age 81

Jan. 6 – Pat Harrington Jr., actor – Schneider on “One Day at a Time” – age 86

Jan. 7 – Troy Shondell, singer – big hit was “This Time (We’re Really Breaking Up)” – age 76

Jan. 7 – Kitty Kallen, singer – Big Band era, biggest hit was ‘”Little Things Mean a Lot” – age 94

Jan. 8 – David Bowie, musician – two-time Grammy winner and pop culture icon – age 69

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Jan. 11 – David Margulies, actor – played the mayor in Ghost Busters I and II (1984 & 1989)- age – 78

Jan. 14 – Alan Rickman, actor – Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Severus Snape in Harry Potter – age 69

Alan Rickman (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)

Jan. 14 – René Angélil, singer/manager – husband and manager of Celine Dion – age 73

Jan. 15 – Dan Haggerty, actor – The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams – age 74

Jan. 15 – Noreen Corcoran, actress – Kelly Gregg in Bachelor Father (1957-59) – age 72

Jan. 18 – Glen Frey, singer/songwriter – founded legendary group The Eagles – age 67

Glenn Frey (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Jan. 26 – Abe Vigoda, actor – Detective Fish on Barney Miller (1975-’77) – age 94

Jan. 28 – Paul Kantner, singer/songwriter – co-founder of The Jefferson Airplane – age 74

Jan. 28 – Mike Minor, actor – Steve Eliot on Petticoat Junction – age 75

FEBRUARY – 

Feb. 2 – Bob Elliot, comedian – one-half of the comedy duo of Bob and Ray – age 92

Feb. 3 – Maurice White, musician/songwriter – founding member of Earth, Wind & Fire – age 74

Maurice Whit (Photo by Steve Grayson/WireImage)

Feb. 3 – Joe Alaskey, voice actor – Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweety – age 63

Feb. 4 – Joe Dowell, singer – #1 hit song “Wooden Heart” (1961) – age 76

Feb. 13 – Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court Justice – appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1986 – age 79

Feb. 15 – George Gaynes, actor – Commandant Eric Lassard on the Police Academy series – age 98

Feb. 19 – Harper Lee, novelist – Pulitzer Prize for fiction for novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” – age 89

Harper Lee (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Feb. 22 – Yolande Fox, singer – Miss America 1951 and sang opera – age 87

Feb. 22 – Sonny James, country music singer/songwriter – the first teenage country crossover #1 single “Young Love” – age 87

Sonny James (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for IEBA)

Feb. 24 – Lennie Baker, musician – 1950s music tribute group and TV show Sha-Na-Na (1969-2000) – age 69

Feb. 25 – Tony Burton, actor – boxing trainer to Apollo Creed and later Rocky in six Rocky films – age 78

Feb. 28 – George Kennedy, actor – Academy Award for  Cool Hand Luke also in all the Airport movies – age 91

Feb. 29 – Gil Hill, police commander/actor – Inspector Todd in three Beverly Hills Cop films – age 84

Gil Hill (Credit: IMDB)

MARCH – 

Mar. 4 – Joey Martin Feek, singer/songwriter – husband and wife country duo “Joey + Rory” – age 40

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Mar. 6 – Nancy Reagan, First Lady of the U.S. (1981-1989) – wife to 40th President Ronald Reagan – age 94

Mar. 8 – Sir George Martin, producer for the “Beatles” albums, known as “The Fifth Beatle” – age 90

Mar. 9 – Robert Horton, actor – Flint McCullough in Wagon Train (1957-1962) – age 91

Mar. 10 – Keith Emerson, musician/keyboardist – created Emerson, Lake & Palmer rock group – age 71

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Mar. 13 – Adrienne Corri, actress – Mrs. Alexander in A Clockwork Orange (1971) – age 85

Mar. 16 – Frank Sinatra Jr., singer – singer and son of Frank Sinatra– age 72

Mar. 17 – Larry Drake, actor – Benny Stulwicz on L.A. Law (1987-1994) – age 66

Mar. 18 – Joe Santos, actor – Lieutenant Dennis Becker on The Rockford Files (1974-1980) – age 84

Mar. 21 – Peter Brown, actor – Deputy Johnny McKay in Lawman (1958-62) and Chad Cooper in Laredo (1965-67) – age 80

Mar. 22 – Rob Ford, politician – crack smoking Mayor of Toronto, Canada – age 46

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Mar. 22 – Richard Bradford, actor – Man in a Suitcase on British ITC (1967) – age 81

Mar. 22 – Phife Dawg, singer – rapper with the group A Tribe Called Quest, also known as “Five Foot Assassin” – age 45

Mar. 23 – Joe Garagiola, baseball player – MLB catcher and announcer and television host – age 90

Mar. 23 – Ken Howard, actor – Coach Reeves on White Shadow & President of SAG-AFTRA – age 71

Mar. 24 – Earl Hamner, Jr., writer/producer – created The Waltons – age 92

Mar. 24 – Garry Shandling, comedian – Garry Shandling Show and The Larry Sanders Show – age 66

Gary Shandling (Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Mar. 27 – Mother Angelica, Franciscan nun – founder of Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) – age 92

Mar. 28 – James Noble, actor – Governor Gatling on Benson (1979-1986) – age 94

Mar. 29 – Patty Duke, actress – played identical cousins in The Patty Duke Show (1963-1966) – age 69

 

Here’s the rest of the article: http://wycd.cbslocal.com/2016/12/21/130-celebrities-that-died-in-2016/