Painted Black: From Drug Killings to Heavy Metal : The Alarming True Story of How Satanism Is Terrorizing Our Communities Hardcover – October 1, 1990
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Publisher : Harpercollins; 1st edition (October 1, 1990)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 276 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062507044
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062507044
- Dimensions : 1.1 x 6.4 x 9.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #872,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Where he lost me is when he delved into the pop culture aspect of it. To be sure, there's a lot that could be said on that front, but someone like Jasun Horsley does a better, more thoughtful analysis in his writing. Raschke tended to ape PRMC talking points when it came to heavy metal.
Overall, though, worth the read.
The author did mention something that was eye opening in that during the 60's that occultists tried to overturn religious & political beliefs through drugs, art, books, music, movies, & the news media. It was a time of rebelliousness against the system. America's youth were being manipulated by drugs, music, & free love. Satanists were putting their message out through drugs & subliminal messages through heavy metal music which was going global. The kids had a vacum to be filled, an emptiness that needed to be filled if not with God then Satanism. If parents were not teaching values & social norms, then they were getting them from TV. Children who had been abused, rejected by parents, & taught no moral values,who were on the fringe of society, who were angry & needed an outlet for violence turned to Satanism on their own or were enticed through drugs, alcohol, & sex. Once they got addicted to these vices & they became readily available, the kids did not get out of Satanism. The author pointed out that there was no dabbling in the occult as bondage quickly developed. The kids thought that Satanism was going to lead to power, wealth, fame, popularity, & anything else that their little hearts desired. Soon they find that they have been completely fooled. Satan promises much & never ever delivers. Instead of finding freedom. the kids are bonded by rituals & filled with threats leading to fear & loyalty. There is psychic war among believers. The cult members are forced to do things that they do not want to do for fear of hexes or curses resulting in death. Some cult members commit heinous crimes & then commit suicide or find themselves rotting in jail because of their loyalty to the dark lord.
The author does point out that there is a connection between Satanism & organized crime such as drug dealing, prostitution, sex trafficking, & pornography. Again, the children are made to suffer. Runnaways, prostitutes, & kidnap victims are finding themselves in the sex trade enduring unimaginable atrocities, emotional damage, & possible death-all because of supply & demand. Sadly, many of these crimes go unpunished because of government officials who have a finger in the pie, unscrupulous investigators providing tips to persons of interest so evidence disappears, prosecutors & judges who are up to their eyeballs in the crimes that they are prosecuting. Even the media are guilty as well when it purposely starts rumors to start a panic just to sell newspapers & magazines.
Today Satanism is recognized as a religion & is protected by the 1st amendment. With this in mind, investigators are careful to prosecute the crime rather than the religion. Investigators try to separate Satanism from the crime in order to be able to prosecute & convict a crime. The threat of diminished capacity would hamper prosecution, conviction, & sentencing.
I gave this book a rating of a 3 because the book was not an easy read & I found it very difficult to understand & absorb some of the information. Some of the book was just boring & tedious reading. The most moving chapters were on heavy metal & D&D. Heavy metal music got it origins in London & the lyrics came from a psycho ward. Heavy metal has been defined as audio porn. Kids listen an average of 5 hours a day to lyrics of an album over & over. Music has a powerful influence over youth. Here is a quote by the late Jemi Hendrix, "You can hypnitize people with music & when they get to their weakest point, you can preach into their subconscious minds what you want to say." Here is a quote from the author, "Drugs not only intensify perceptions & incoming messages to the brain, they create a general receptivity for new messages. They break down old habits of feeling & responding.... Cruel & unusual violence-the stuff that is wound into the very tapestry of heavy metal 'art'-cannot occur unless the imagination is stimulated & trained not only to perform it, but to enjoy it." The author feels that D&D leads children itno the occult/Satanism & into despair & suicide.
The kids get so addicted to D&D that they Identify with their characters & cannot separate fantasy from reality. The kids find themselves increasingly isolated with no way out other than suicide.
Painted Black is an extraordinary work. It starts not with descriptions of the muddled "ideology" of tiny groups but about what happens in the material world - the existence of satanist-related criminality. In three convincing chapters, Raschke shows that it not only exists, but that it indeed is dangerous and important.
In the rest of the book Raschke analyses the ideological background to these types of crimes - the occult/satanic subcultures that has been an undercurrent in the western world for hundreds of years. Although some of the chapters are somewhat coloured by Raschkes political views (especially chapter four) they say something very essential about the elitist, destructive and utterly reactionary (the last is mine expression, certainly not Raschkes!) character of these occult subcultures. Raschke shows that these ideologies are more than delirious products of tiny sects and cults - they represent an influential undercurrent in our society.
Raschke had done an important work in Painted Black. The book should, like all books, of course be read critically, but it would be sad if any reader reacted to some of the implicit, and not always politically correct, views in the book by altogether rejecting the facts and the analyses in it. For my part I see the growth of satanism partially as an expression of a decaying capitalist system - a view Raschke certainly would not share! But in spite of this major difference I had with the author, his book has certainly helped me very much to understand the satanist subculture.
Swedish feminist author Eva Lundgren once wrote that ritual abuse in a way expressed something she called "the secret heart of our culture". This can be said about satanism as well. The elitist anti-moralism in the satanist subculture says something essential about the society we live in. Raschke is one of the few who have dared to analyse it, what it really is about. I must say that I am very much impressed.