Psychedelic Mysteries of the Feminine

In this book, we discover the transformative powers of feminine consciousness and altered states as revealed by contributors both female and male, including revered scholars, visionary artists, anthropologists, modern shamans, witches, ...

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Author: Maria Papaspyrou

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781620558034

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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An exploration of the connections between feminine consciousness and altered states from ancient times to present day • Explores the feminine qualities of the psychedelic self, ancient female roots of shamanism, and how altered states naturally tap into the female archetype • Discusses feminist psychedelic activism, female ecstatics, goddess consciousness, the dark feminine, and embodied paths to ecstasy • Includes contributions by Martina Hoffmann, Amanda Sage, Carl Ruck, and others Women have been shamans since time immemorial, not only because women have innate intuitive gifts, but also because the female body is wired to more easily experience altered states, such as during the process of birth. Whether female or male, the altered states produced by psychedelics and ecstatic trance expand our minds to tap into and enhance our feminine states of consciousness as well as reconnect us to the web of life. In this book, we discover the transformative powers of feminine consciousness and altered states as revealed by contributors both female and male, including revered scholars, visionary artists, anthropologists, modern shamans, witches, psychotherapists, and policy makers. The book begins with a deep look at the archetypal dimensions of the feminine principle and how entheogens give us open access to these ancient archetypes, including goddess consciousness and the dark feminine. The contributors examine the female roots of shamanism, including the role of women in the ancient rites of Dionysus, the Eleusinian Sacrament, and Norse witchcraft. They explore psychedelic and embodied paths to ecstasy, such as trance dance, holotropic breathwork, and the similarities of giving birth and taking mind-altering drugs. Looking at the healing potential of the feminine and altered states, they discuss the power of plant medicines, including ayahuasca, and the recasting of the medicine-woman archetype for the modern world. They explore the feminine in the creative process and discuss feminist psychedelic activism, sounding the call for more female voices in the psychedelic research community. Sharing the power of “femtheogenic” wisdom to help us move beyond a patriarchal society, this book reveals how feminine consciousness, when intermingled with psychedelic knowledge, carries and imparts the essence of inclusivity, interconnectedness, and balance our world needs to heal and consciously evolve.

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LSD and the Mind of the Universe

Encounters with the Spirit Molecule Edited by David Luke and Rory Spowers
Psychedelic Mysteries of the Feminine Creativity, Ecstasy, and Healing Edited by
Maria Papaspyrou, Chiara Baldini and David Luke Dreaming Wide Awake Lucid
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Author: Christopher M. Bache

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781620559710

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 352

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A professor of religious studies meticulously documents his insights from 73 high-dose LSD sessions conducted over the course of 20 years • Chronicles, with unprecedented rigor, the author’s systematic journey into a unified field of consciousness that underlies all physical existence • Makes a powerful case for the value of psychedelically induced spiritual experience and discusses the challenge of integrating these experiences into everyday life • Shows how psychedelic experience can take you beyond self-transformation into collective transformation and help birth the future of humanity On November 24, 1979, Christopher M. Bache took the first step on what would become a life-changing journey. Drawing from his training as a philosopher of religion, Bache set out to explore his mind and the mind of the universe as deeply and systematically as possible--with the help of the psychedelic drug LSD. Following protocols established by Stanislav Grof, Bache’s 73 high-dose LSD sessions over the course of 20 years drew him into a deepening communion with cosmic consciousness. Journey alongside professor Bache as he touches the living intelligence of our universe--an intelligence that both embraced and crushed him--and demonstrates how direct experience of the divine can change your perspective on core issues in philosophy and religion. Chronicling his 73 sessions, the author reveals the spiral of death and rebirth that took him through the collective unconscious into the creative intelligence of the universe. Making a powerful case for the value of psychedelically induced spiritual experience, Bache shares his immersion in the fierce love and creative intent of the unified field of consciousness that underlies all physical existence. He describes the incalculable value of embracing the pain and suffering he encountered in his sessions and the challenges he faced integrating his experiences into his everyday life. His journey documents a shift from individual consciousness to collective consciousness, from archetypal reality to Divine Oneness and the Diamond Luminosity that lies outside cyclic existence. Pushing the boundaries of theory and practice, the author shows how psychedelic experience can take you beyond self-transformation into collective transformation, beyond the present into the future, revealing spirit and matter in perfect balance.

Psychedelic Mystery Traditions

FEMININE. The evidence suggests that there existed a general background of
beliefs pertaining to transformations, flying to supernatural lands with magical
creatures, and courting fertility goddesses who appear under that universal
linguistic ...

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Author: Thomas Hatsis

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781620558010

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 288

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A comprehensive look at the long tradition of psychedelic magic and religion in Western Civilization • Explores the use of psychedelics and entheogens from Neolithic times through Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance to the Victorian era and beyond • Reveals how psychedelics were integrated into pagan and Christian magical practices and demonstrates how one might employ a psychedelic agent for divination, sex magic, alchemy, communication with gods, and more • Examines the role of entheogens in the Mysteries of Eleusis in Greece, the worship of Isis in Egypt, the Dionysian mysteries, and the magical practices of the Thessalian witches as well as Jewish, Roman, and Gnostic traditions Unbeknownst--or unacknowledged--by many, there is a long tradition of psychedelic magic and religion in Western civilization. As Thomas Hatsis reveals, the discovery of the power of psychedelics and entheogens can be traced to the very first prehistoric expressions of human creativity, with a continuing lineage of psychedelic mystery traditions from antiquity through the Renaissance to the Victorian era and beyond. Describing how, when, and why different peoples in the Western world utilized sacred psychedelic plants, Hatsis examines the full range of magical and spiritual practices that include the ingestion of substances to achieve altered states. He discusses how psychedelics facilitated divinatory dream states for our ancient Neolithic ancestors and helped them find shamanic portals to the spirit world. Exploring the mystery religions that adopted psychedelics into their occult rites, he examines the role of entheogens in the Mysteries of Eleusis in Greece, the worship of Isis in Egypt, and the psychedelic wines and spirits that accompanied the Dionysian mysteries. The author investigates the magical mystery traditions of the Thessalian witches as well as Jewish, Roman, and Gnostic traditions. He reveals how psychedelics were integrated into pagan and Christian magical practices and demonstrates how one might employ a psychedelic agent for divination, magic, alchemy, or god and goddess invocation. He explores the use of psychedelics by Middle Eastern and medieval magicians and looks at the magical use of cannabis and opium from the Crusaders to Aleister Crowley. From ancient priestesses and Christian gnostics, to alchemists, wise-women, and Victorian magicians, Hatsis shows how psychedelic practices have been an integral part of the human experience since Neolithic times.

Psychedelics and Psychotherapy

• Examines the therapeutic potential of expanded states, underground psychedelic psychotherapy, harm reduction, new approaches for healing individual and collective trauma, and training considerations • Addresses challenging psychedelic ...

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Author: Tim Read

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781644113332

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 424

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• Examines the therapeutic potential of expanded states, underground psychedelic psychotherapy, harm reduction, new approaches for healing individual and collective trauma, and training considerations • Addresses challenging psychedelic experiences, spiritual emergencies, and the central importance of the therapeutic relationship • Details the use of cannabis as a psychedelic tool, spiritual exploration with LSD, micro-dosing with Iboga, and MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD Exploring the latest developments from the flourishing field of modern psychedelic psychotherapy, this book shares practical experiences and insights from both elders and newer research voices in the psychedelic research and clinical communities. The contributors examine new findings on safe and skillful work with psychedelic and expanded states for therapeutic, personal, and spiritual growth as well as addressing challenging psychedelic experiences and spiritual emergencies. They explain the dual process of opening and healing--how opening the mind and the heart with psychedelics and expanded states can help dissolve psychic barriers and encourage deep healing. They explore new approaches for individual inner work as well as for the healing of ancestral and collective trauma. They examine the power of expanded states for reparative attachment work and offer insights on the integration process through the lens of holotropic breathwork. The contributors also examine the use of cannabis as a psychedelic tool, spiritual exploration with LSD, micro-dosing with Iboga, treating depression with psilocybin, and MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. Revealing diverse ways of working with psychedelics in terms of set, setting, and type of substance, the book concludes with discussions of ethics and professional development for those working in the field as well as exploring considerations for training the next generation of psychedelic therapists.

Magdalene Mysteries

The Left-Hand Path of the Feminine Christ Seren Bertrand, Azra Bertrand. Press,
1993. Grant, Robert M. Gnosticism and Early Christianity. ... Psychedelic Mystery
Traditions. Rochester, Vt.: Park Street Press, 2018. Heartsong, Claire, and ...

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Author: Seren Bertrand

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781591433477

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 560

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Discover the Womb Rites and initiatory magic of Mary Magdalene, who was revered as a Priestess and human embodiment of the Goddess • Reveals how Mary Magdalene was a sacred priestess of the ancient Womb Mysteries, connected to moon wisdom, sacred harlot archetypes, and goddesses in many traditions, including Sophia, Isis, Inanna, Asherah, Lilith, Jezebel, and Witches • Explains how the Magdalene Mysteries have been encoded in Gnostic texts, sacred art, and literature and unveils the secret Grail heresy of the Ghent Altarpiece • Offers rituals and practices to initiate you into the Womb magic of the ancient priestesses and access deeper dimensions of sexuality and feminine power A sacred priestess of the ancient Womb Rites, Mary Magdalene was at the center of a great and enduring Mystery tradition, one that touched on a stream of perennial spiritual wisdom as old as humanity. Worshipped as the human embodiment of the Goddess, the earthly Sophia, her womb was the spiritual luminatrix that anointed and empowered Jesus, transforming him into the Christ. As a priestess of the Goddess, Mary Magdalene knew how to embody the light and the dark, how to harness the magic potency of sacred sexual energy, and how to cleanse, awaken, and resurrect the soul. Yet, even though she sparked the creation of a worldwide religion, her story and teachings have been forgotten. Unveiling the lost left-hand path of the Magdalene, the Feminine Christ, authors Seren and Azra Bertrand explore how this underground stream of knowledge has been carried forward over the millennia through an unbroken lineage of Womb Shamans, Priestesses, Oracles, and Medicine Women. They explain how the Magdalene Mysteries, symbolized by the Rose, have been encoded in Gnostic codices and gospels and in the highest art, literature, and architecture of many ages, including most significantly the Ghent Altarpiece. They examine Mary Magdalene’s connection to moon wisdom, sacred harlot archetypes, and goddesses in many traditions, including Isis, Inanna, Asherah, Lilith, and Jezebel, and look at shamanic, tantric, and Cathar expressions of sacred feminine mysteries as well as the Witch and Templar roots of Robin Hood and Maid Marian. In this revelatory and magical text on the lost feminine mystery traditions of Mary Magdalene and the lineage of Sophia, the authors present encompassing theological, historical, mythological, and archetypal wisdom, with rituals and practices to initiate you into the Womb magic of the ancient priestesses and the path of the wild feminine.

Psychedelic Chile

On the far Right and never timid in its criticism of revolutions of all sorts, the
newspaper Tribuna declared in 1971, “Sex appeal and femininity, the two
mysteries that define a woman, are ways of being in addition to being a way of
living.

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Author: Patrick Barr-Melej

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9781469632582

Category: History

Page: 362

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Patrick Barr-Melej here illuminates modern Chilean history with an unprecedented chronicle and reassessment of the sixties and seventies. During a period of tremendous political and social strife that saw the election of a Marxist president followed by the terror of a military coup in 1973, a youth-driven, transnationally connected counterculture smashed onto the scene. Contributing to a surging historiography of the era's Latin American counterculture, Barr-Melej draws on media and firsthand interviews in documenting the intertwining of youth and counterculture with discourses rooted in class and party politics. Focusing on "hippismo" and an esoteric movement called Poder Joven, Barr-Melej challenges a number of prevailing assumptions about culture, politics, and the Left under Salvador Allende's "Chilean Road to Socialism." While countercultural attitudes toward recreational drug use, gender roles and sexuality, rock music, and consumerism influenced many youths on the Left, the preponderance of leftist leaders shared a more conservative cultural sensibility. This exposed, Barr-Melej argues, a degree of intergenerational dissonance within leftist ranks. And while the allure of new and heterodox cultural values and practices among young people grew, an array of constituencies from the Left to the Right berated counterculture in national media, speeches, schools, and other settings. This public discourse of contempt ultimately contributed to the fierce repression of nonconformist youth culture following the coup.

The Thirteenth Virgin Film Guide

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Publisher: Virgin Books Limited

ISBN: STANFORD:36105122703619

Category: Motion pictures

Page: 890

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The critically acclaimed Virgin Film Guide makes every film count by providing more information on the films that matter from the 1930s to the present day. It offers fuller credits, longer synopses and reviews plus comprehensive Oscars information, alternative titles, a complete star rating and a comprehensive index of directors. It also draws on the expertise of TV Guide's entire team of film experts - each skilled in a different kind of film, from classic Hollywood musicals to low-budget cult favourites - giving the reader more informed and opinionated critique than other books of this kind.

A Psychedelic Hero s Journey of a Traveling Nobody

Follow a "nobody" of the cosmic flux through Joseph Campbell's "hero's journey," propelled by the unconscious embodiment of a disastrous, left-brained, materialist mindset.

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Author: A Traveling Nobody

Publisher: Bookpatch LLC

ISBN: 194644734X

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Page: 366

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Follow a "nobody" of the cosmic flux through Joseph Campbell's "hero's journey" propelled by the unconscious embodiment of a disastrous left brain materialist mindset. Material estrangement from the natural reflects in the "Mystery's Mirror" (the cosmos, reality) to begin the domino effect that leads this traveler astray and to inevitable destruction via heartbreak. Heeding the "Call to Adventure," ensuing reconstitution of the self fuels the exploration as to the "why" of such a calamity. Such a process brings this "nobody" to a more comprehensive understanding of that which "is." Replete with illuminations from the divine feminine dimension of the planet's plant and fungal teachers, a naturalistic ever-shifting philosophy combining the "immediacy of direct psychedelic experience (Terence McKenna)," Buddhism, Hinduism, and Natural Law mechanics via Hermeticism emerges. What is existence? What is consciousness? What is happening outside culturally partitioned values and the material five sense world? From the perspective of a reporting "tabula rasa explorer" the search is for that which "is," that which we "are" (humanity), and "where to go from there" via active voyage to shamanic digital dimensions beyond language. As we are all imbued with the ethereal flowing elixir of consciousness it "checks out" to "check it out." Join this cosmic "traveling nobody" through his awakening from egoic material slumber to conscious cell of the Infinite Universal Mysterious Organism.

Contemporary Graphic Artists

... pigment , with a colorful plethora of psychedelic imagery ( paisley shapes ,
stylized flowers , rainbows , sunbursts , etc . ) ... and photographed , forelit with
spots TOM DALY to accent the design while artfully sustaining her feminine
mysteries ...

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Contemporary Graphic Artists

... plastic pigment, with a colorful plethora of psychedelic imagery (paisley shapes
, stylized flowers, rainbows, sunbursts, ... and photographed, forelit with spots
TOM DALY to accent the design while artfully sustaining her feminine mysteries
in ...

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Author: Maurice Horn

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105003673451

Category: Illustrators

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Woman Changing Woman

Feminine Psychology Re-conceived Through Myth and Experience Virginia
Beane Rutter. quest . The purpose of the analysis was a spiritual mystery . My
own spiritual journey ... She says , “ It looks really psychedelic . ” I say , “ No , I
bought it ...

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Author: Virginia Beane Rutter

Publisher: Harpercollins

ISBN: UVA:X002309509

Category: Social Science

Page: 243

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Around the world, throughout time, cultures have marked the intimate and transformative events of a woman's life - the onset of puberty, her first sexual experience, conceptian, childbirth, menopause - with myths and rituals. Today, such significant feminine rituals are missing, but these transitions still profoundly affect a woman's body, mind, and soul. Offering a compelling vision of psychotherapy as a sacred space for women's rites of passage, Jungian analyst Virginia Beane Rutter brilliantly illuminates the emotional lives of women. "Woman-to-woman therapy", writes Beane Rutter, "is the ritual container for the lost feminine in our culture". Modeling on intrinsically female pattern of change, woman-to-woman therapy is a process involving stages of containment, transformation, and emergence. It is a place for a woman to uncover and make conscious the motivating stories and myths in her individual psyche. Here, a woman has the opportunity to listen to her own voice perhaps for the first time. With insight and understanding, Beane Rutter connects the practices, myths, and archetypal images of cultures post and present (the Navajo, Neolithic Catal Huyuk, and Ancient Greek) to the life experiences, dreams, and therapeutic processes of three contemporary women. In so doing, she traces the emotional, physical, and spiritual journey of the "cultural heroine" who, through her individual process of initiation, transformation, healing, and self-awareness, courageously takes up the task of all women.

From the Realm of the Ancestors

Carmina ' s struggle to affirm her feminine identity was reflected in the following
dream : I ' m showing a woman friend my brooch . She says , “ It looks really
psychedelic . ” I say , “ No , I ... The dream emphasized her capacity for
penetrating the mystery , for realizing her power and renewing her wholeness as
a woman .

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Author: Marija Gimbutas

Publisher: Knowledge Ideas & Trends

ISBN: UOM:39015041003503

Category: Social Science

Page: 659

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The thesis consists of introductory commentaries and other original writings by the author extracted from the published work of the same title, as well as the published work itself (Knowledge, Ideas & Trends, Inc., 1997).

Semiotexte

Unlike Tangerine Dream , who never outgrew their psychedelic sound - painting (
and today enjoy a cold glory like that ... redemption and rebirth , symbolism of
light and mysteries , or “ the Great Mother – the Archetype of the Great Feminine .

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Category: Semiotics

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Psychedelics Reimagined

... a Supper so like the Christian mysteries , that good Justin Martyr , the apologist
, can find only one explanation of the ... In the book The Missing Link by C .
Grainger is a study of potential references to the feminine in Christian and Judaic
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Author: Thomas Lyttle

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105029102105

Category: Medical

Page: 255

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Cultural Writing. Introduced by Timothy Leary, this collection of essays, photographs and research seeks to establish the scientific legitimacy of psychedelic studies. Important, very informative, and an additional valuable contribuition to the psychedelic movement --Dr. Albert Hoffman, inventor of LSD-25. As Hakim Bey writes in the Foreword: The 'doors of perception' --that's the first step. The second step is opening the doors of perception. Then --going through. Next --learning that there are no doors of perception. Then --going back outside and alerting everyone else to the wonders beyond the doors.

Voices

So we would be both a reflection of the I Am ( Christos ) and of the spirit of
wisdom ( Sophia ) - the masculine and feminine equally . This text was part of a ...
I have a feeling that behind your " What is a Mystery School ? ” is : “ What is it to ...
Some it it , she might say all of it , came through her work with psychedelic drugs
and ...

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ISBN: UCAL:B4146748

Category: Psychotherapy

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Jung s Challenge to Contemporary Religion

... or ritual encounters ; it is the core of shamanic initiation , rites of passage , and
the ancient mystery religions ( Eliade , 1958 ) . ... He was traveling with hippies
who shared their psychedelic fare . ... He had visions or “ transpersonal imagery ”
of a whirling uroboric serpent , the Garden of Eden , feminine guides , the ...

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Author: Murray Stein

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ISBN: UOM:39015011877480

Category: Religion

Page: 190

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Highlights of this book include studies of the way in which Christianity is changing, the feminine dimension of God, and Jung's contribution to biblical humanities. Volume includes: Murray Stein - Jung's Green Christ: A Healing Symbol for Christianity Carrin Dunne - Between Two Thieves: A Response to Jung's Critique of the Christian Notions of Good and Evil David L. Miller - "Attack Upon Christendom " The Anti-Christianism of Depth Psychology Nathan Schwartz-Salant - Patriarchy in Transformation: Judaic, Christian, and Clinical Perspectives June Singer - Jung's Gnosticism and Contemporary Gnosis Joan Chamberlain Engelsman - Beyond the Anima: The Female Self in the Image of God Wayne G. Rollins - Jung's Challenge to Biblical Hermeneutics William Dols - The Church as Crucible for Transformation Robert L. Moore - Ritual Process, Initiation, and Contemporary Religion Julia Jewett - Womansoul: A Feminine Corrective to Christian Imagery David Dalrymple - "Images of Immortality" Jung and the Archetype of Death and Rebirth VOLUME EDITORS: Murray Stein, Ph.D. is a supervising training analyst and former president of The International School of Analytical Psychology in Zurich, Switzerland (ISAP Zurich). His most recent books include Outside Inside and All Around, Minding the Self and The Principle of Individuation. From 2001 to 2004 he was president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology. He lectures internationally on topics related to Analytical Psychology and its applications in the contemporary world. He is publisher emeritus of Chiron Publications and is the focus of many Asheville Jung Center online seminars. Robert Moore, Phd was an internationally recognized psychotherapist and consultant in private practice in Chicago. He was considered one of the leading therapists specializing in psychotherapy with men because of his discovery of the Archetypal Dynamics of the Masculine Self (King, Warrior, Magician, Lover). He served as Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology, Psychoanalysis and Spirituality at the Graduate Center of the Chicago Theological Seminary, and has served as a Training Analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. He is Co-founder of the Chicago Center for Integrative Psychotherapy.

White Boys White Noise Masculinities and 1980s Indie Guitar Rock

As I stated in Chapter 1, such an approach tends towards a simplified idea of the
feminine as multiple and fragmented. One way in ... A quality of anonymity and
mystery is seen to be preferable to structure, the good song, or the humanity of
the artist. Abstract ... No doubt psychedelic music can produce such an affect
ofjouissance, but why could a listener not get the same out of the Beatles, the
Supremes.

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Author: Dr Matthew Bannister

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409493747

Category: Music

Page: 228

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To what extent do indie masculinities challenge the historical construction of rock music as patriarchal? This key question is addressed by Matthew Bannister, involving an in-depth examination of indie guitar rock in the 1980s as the culturally and historically specific production of white men. Through textual analysis of musical and critical discourses, Bannister provides the first book-length study of masculinity and ethnicity within the context of indie guitar music within US, UK and New Zealand 'scenes'. Bannister argues that past theorisations of (rock) masculinities have tended to set up varieties of working-class deviance and physical machismo as 'straw men', oversimplifying masculinities as 'men behaving badly'. Such approaches disavow the ways that masculine power is articulated in culture not only through representation but also intellectual and theoretical discourse. By re-situating indie in a historical/cultural context of art rock, he shows how masculine power can be rearticulated through high, avant-garde, bohemian culture and aesthetic theory: canonism, negation (Adorno), passivity, voyeurism and camp (Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground), and primitivism and infantilism (Lester Bangs, Simon Reynolds). In a related vein, he also assesses the impact of Freud on cultural theory, arguing that reversing binary conceptions of gender by associating masculinities with an essentialised passive femininity perpetuates patriarchal dualism. Drawing on his own experience as an indie musician, Bannister surveys a range of indie artists, including The Smiths, The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and The Go-Betweens; from the US, R.E.M., The Replacements, Dinosaur Jr, Hüsker Dü, Nirvana and hardcore; and from NZ, Flying Nun acts, including The Chills, The Clean, the Verlaines, Chris Knox, Bailter Space, and The Bats, demonstrating broad continuities between these apparently disparate scenes, in terms of gender, aesthetic theory and approaches to popular musical history. The result is a book which raises some important questions about how gender is studied in popular culture and the degree to which alternative cultures can critique dominant representations of gender.