2010. Paperback. Num Pages: 571 pages, 600. BIC Classification: AVGT; AVH. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 259 x 195 x 33. Weight in Grams: 1786. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781903254516
About this title:
The Gospel of Filth is the boldest, most comprehensive and authoritative guide to the realms of darkness and devilry ever published. No tombstone remains unturned in this wide-ranging and witty dissection of the uncanny and unholy. Music forms The Gospel's entry point, but every medium, from movies and literature, to comics and computer games is considered. Dani Filth rides shotgun with author Gavin Baddeley throughout the book, providing insight and impish irreverence at every turn. Emerging from the violent cauldron of chaos that propelled black metal to the forefront of the extreme music scene in the early-90s, Cradle of Filth have since transcended such subcultural boundaries, embracing the likes of Decadent art and Gothic literature to create an inimitable, sensuously sinister style all of their own. THE GOSPEL OF FILTH - WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT? The big question answered in 10 easy chapter summaries. ch1 Esoteric England The birthplace of both Gothic literature and heavy metal, historically England has provided the world with the lion's share of dark culture. In this chapter we explore the links between the English and evil. ch2 The Femme Fatale The association of femininity and wickedness in our culture stretch back to the genesis of the Bible and beyond. Some Satanic artists have chosen to invert and celebrate this, particularly the Parisian Decadents of the 1800s, and this chapter explores both their scandalous lives and their work. ch3 Childhood Nightmares Childhood has become one of the most incendiary topics in the world today, the idea that it might have a dark side all but taboo. But, as this chapter shows, the infant realms of fairytale have their roots in ancient pagan lore, while modern horror owes much to the fairytale. ch4 The Gothic Aesthetic From proto-goths like Lord Byron, this chapter takes us via the infamous Batcave club in 1980s Soho, to state-of-the-art interpreters of the aesthetic like Cradle of Filth. ch5 Criminal Chic Crime has been with us as long as law, and a fascination with the forbidden has often manifest as a guilty admiration for the criminal. This chapter looks at this in its most extreme forms, from the primordial cult of Cain, to 21st Century serial killer chic . ch6 Horror Horror as entertainment is age old, in Beowulf or the Bible for example, but only in the 20th Century was it afforded a genre all of its own. This chapter looks at a century of horror as art from the perspectives of its greatest creators, whose monsters have often taken on lives of their own. ch7 Satanism Inasmuch as we are a Judeo-Christian culture, Satanism is the definitive counterculture, but one little understood and routinely misrepresented. This chapter explains the authentic development of Satanism, both as a covert philosophy and a pop culture phenomenon, and exposes its sometimes violent impact on modern art and society. ch8 Sex and Drugs Sex and drugs are among the modern world's chief preoccupations, though they have been with us throughout time. This chapter traces that development, focusing in particular on how they joined rock'n'roll in forming the unholy trinity of modern Decadence. ch9 Arockalypse Now Heavy metal has been our culture's most unloved medium since its inception some years ago, but in recent years it's enjoyed a renaissance of critical redemption. This chapter analyses the development, and its effect, particularly on Cradle of Filth, plus the relationship between such bands and our world today. ch10 The Black Arts The question most often asked, and least often satisfactorily answered in the realms of darkness regards black magic, specifically does it work? The chapter illustrates the theory and aims of the dark arts, culminating in an illustration of the black arts in action.
About the Author:
GAVIN BADDELEY The Irreverend Gavin Baddeley is an ordained Priest in the Church of Satan, and an experienced journal-ist who has worked for publications as diverse as The Observer and Metal Hammer. He regularly appears as an occult authority in television programmes for the likes of the BBC and Channel 4, and has featured in full-page profiles in newspapers such as The Independent and The London Evening Standard. He has been feted on the international lecture circuit, including an address on Satanism at Cambridge University. His previous three books - Lucifer Rising (1999), Dissecting Marilyn Manson (2000), and Goth Chic (2002) - received wide acclaim, Kerrang! magazine dubbing Baddeley 'King Goth' and The Journal of Popular Culture hailing him as 'the patron saint of Gothic journalism'. DANI FILTH Dani is one of the most outspoken figures in the 21st Century rock world. His talent for a provocative sound-bite along with Cradle of Filth's great popularity has earned him countless front covers in both the mainstream and underground rock media. The band has also been the subject of features in influential journals, and appeared in numerous TV programmes. Dani also starred in the cult British horror film Cradle of Fear, cementing the band's already substantial crossover with horror fandom.
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Title: The Gospel of Filth
Publisher: FAB Press
Binding: Soft cover