"Do what Thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law"
Edward Alexander Crowley (Should be prounounced so that it rhymes with "holy".) was born near midnight on the 12th of October 1875, in Lemington Spa, Warwickshire, England, the only son of wealthy parents. His father was the owner of a brewery, Crowley´s Ale, despite being a fanatical member of a presbyterian sect called the Plymouth Bretheren. The Plymouth Bretheren held many fundamentalist belifs, foremost among those was the absolute belif in Hellfire, and that everyone who was not a member would burn forever in Hell come Judgement Day.
When Crowley was twelve years old his father died, and Crowley and his mother moved to London to live with his uncle, Tom Bond Bishop. It was Tom Bishop who would be responsible for Crowley´s life long rage and rebellion against the Christian values of his youth. It appears, if Crowley´s autobiography,
(He referred to it as his "autohagiography". An autohagiography is the autobiography of a saint.) is to be belived, Tom Bond Bishop was that kind of irritating person who is convinced that they are always right on all counts. However, Crowley was sent to a school in Cambridge, run by the Plymouth Bretheren.
Every day at noon between the 9, 10 and 11th April 1904 e.v Aleister Crowley recived a message from a being calling itself 'Aiwass'.
Aleister Crowley Bibliography:
Crowley wrote and published a vast amount of books during his lifetime, on subjects ranging from fiction to erotica to poetry and magick, many which were only printed in very small quantities. However, most of his works have been reprinted in one form or another. To list all of his books would take up quite a lot of space, so I list only the most well known. Some, like 777, was originally written by MacGregor Mathers, but was compiled and expanded upon by Crowley.
777 - Kabbalistic correspondences
Book Four - Ritual magic and poetry
Diary of A Drug-Fiend - Novel
Eight Lectures On Yoga - Yoga
Magick In Theory And Practice - Ritual Magic
Magick Without Tears - Ritual Magic
Moonchild - Novel
Snowdrops From A Curate´s Garden - Erotic Poetry
The Book of the Law - Thelemic revelations
The Strategem - Novel
The Book of Thoth - Tarot
The World´s Tragedy - Poetry
The Book Of Lies - Ritual magic and poetry
The Confessions Of Aleister Crowley - Autohagiography
White Stains - Erotic poetry
Crowley was never particular famous, more like infamous, during his lifetime, but after his death his fame has grown and his is now well known. He appared on The Beatles´ Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band "people we like", album cover and Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin let engrave "Do what Thou wilt" on their third album. Ozzy Osbornes famous song "Mr. Crowley" was also inspired by the Beast. Crowley is mentioned in books, not only occult litterature but mainstream fiction as well as comic books and his popularity is rising. Various organisation, most notably the O.T.O and Anton LaVey´s Church of Satan claims inspiration from Crowley.
"Crowleyana" of various kinds have also been popular since shortly after his death. In 1993 a CD, called The Great Beast Speaks was released, containing Crowley reading some of his own verses and poems. Hear Crowley recite part of "the Pentagram".
A doublesided LP bootleg, that is in my possession, of this was also previously released, but I don´t know when. There´s also supposed to be a 7" single containing The Pentagram and La Gitana, released in the early 80's, floating about somewhere. If anyone have any information about this, please