When Rock and Roll first appeared in the 1950s, it was literally branded as the 'Devil's music', as nothing like it had been heard before, and it captured the imagination of a whole new generation and seemed to take them over. Anxiety about the supernatural side of music dates back before the Rock and Roll era. In the 1930s a song called 'Gloomy Sunday' was banned by the BBC as it allegely caused a spate of suicides because it sounded so mournful. Another song that even musicians consider to be very unlucky is one called 'I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls' from a musical called "The Bohemian Girl". Even to hum the tune is said to invite bad luck and news of a death.
THE FLIP SIDE OF POPULAR MUSIC
|There was even a rumour that Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page was a black magician, although it is true that Page once bought and lived in a huge mansion on the banks of Loch Ness that was owned by the prominent Devil worshipper Aleister Crowley. Around this time, the Beatles released their landmark 'Sergeant Pepper' album, which contained many mysterious tracks which have never been satisfactorily explained. Some fans say there is the sound of a car crash being played in reverse in 'Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite', and the allegedly rude message that is played backwards at the end of the album was once thought to be a message from the Devil himself. George Martin has always maintained that the end-track is nothing sinister at all;|
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