Alien Rock: The Rock 'n' Roll Extraterrestrial Connection Paperback – Jul 26 2005
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Luckman relays some interesting trivia linking rock and UFOs but stretches to make small points. He cites a conversation between Jimi Hendrix and Monika Dannerman about how a person's "spirit could actually leave the body for a period of time" as evidence that "Jimi frequently experienced astral travel." Ohh-kay! Well, Hendrix's extraterrestrial interests are well-known, as are those of Sun Ra and George Clinton, whom Luckman also mentions; but Luckman goes on to say that Carlos Santana, OutKast, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones share them. Heck, even Olivia Newton-John gets Luckman's nod, thanks to her sighting of a shape-shifting UFO "on a desolate road." Fortunately, references to David Bowie's, the Grateful Dead's, and Pink Floyd's extraterrestrial interests are more substantial, and is anyone surprised that Michael Jackson and Elvis each get chapter-length coverage? Another chapter on UFOs at Woodstock, Altamont, and the Isle of Wight festivals amuses, too; but with so many strained and trifling references, the book satisfies desultory reading more than genuine inquiry. Mike Tribby
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About the Author
Michael C. Luckman is director of the New York Center for Extraterrestrial Research and the founder of the Cosmic Majority, an organization that seeks to represent the majority of people on earth who believe in UFOs, life on Mars, and the paranormal. Luckman taught the nation's first college course on rock music. He lives in New York City.
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What little "meat" here is padded with tidbits of trivia and any paranormal experience linked with the celebrity under discussion. The author seems either starstruck or overly-credulous, referring to "classic" UFO sightings, conspiracy theories, conactee reports as uncontested fact.
This book might help you impress your baby-boomer friends with your arcane knowledge of rock triva, but beyond that, not much of a reason to invest your time or money.
Like Dan Aykroyd, Marc Bolan of T.Rex started out as a comedian and gradually became a prophet of the unknown like Nostradamus. It is believed that supernatural forces made him shorter than other human beings so that he was able to pose as a child and evade even the most sophisticated of alien surveillance systems. The same forces for good wrote many of his lyrics, as Luckman demonstrates. He's old enough to remember that "T.Rex" was merely the glam punk abbreviation for Tyrannosaurus Rex, a folk-rock group which sought to reanimate the ancient British legends of Stonehenge, Merlin, Excalibur, and the sleeping spirits. Bolan met a human wizard in a French castle near Marseilles who could levitate them both ten feet into the air, and ate nothing but snails, trying to imitate through immersion the DNA-like structure of spiralling which you can find in the Fibonacci sequence of numbers as well as crawling animals.
In some ways, the French know best. When Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire was looking for some names for his group, which combines old time gospel harmonies with modern percussion and synthesized beats, he turned to the 18th century magicians who thronged the court of Marie Antoinette. Luckman mentions that 74 per cent of Americans believe that they have been aware of alien abductions, but he is strangely silent about some other figures. I dock this book a star (think about our "star" system for measuring excellence for a minute--it's terribly suggestive, ne c'est pas?) for its physical shortcomings, the pages which tend to roll up like dead leaves unless sprayed down with water, and some of the badly reproduced illustrations, such as Giger's depiction of Deborah Harry as a space alien, she looks really bad and definitely not ready for prime time.
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