Thanks so much for this. The only one I was previously aware of was Jay Dyer, who I find a bit, well... pompous and humorless. (Thanks for not including any of his vids. Frankly, I can't really stand to watch him.) I will definitely be checking these other guys out.The best sources other than McGowan on the subject of pop music as a societal control tool are Joe Atwill, Jan Irvin*, Jay Dyer and Hans Utter. One seminal work is Atwill's research on the Grateful Dead, Maufacturing the Deadhead:
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BTW TorontoSucks, the Beatles inspiration for their name was the Egyptian scarab, it is loaded in occult symbolism rooted in a spell to change society. Very similar to your avatar of Kek, also a symbol rooted in ancient Egyptian occultism casting a transformative spell on society...
Hans Utter has done a lot of very compelling work on symbolism and the deeper aspects of music as a social control tool, here's a good sample:
There is a good deal of recycling on 60s drug culture today, with the ayahuasca millennial cultural phenomenon that's tied in with yoga, tech, DMT etc.
There is as well a techno-tribal, transhumanist strain that is dominating silicon valley culture. Steve Outtrim, a software entrepreneur from NZ and original burner did some great research on that field, also with Jan Irvin:
*Jan Irvin is kind of a weirdo/dork who has done a lot of great work and research but veered off to the dark side a couple of years ago. His viewership collapsed after that.
PS - Yes, I already knew about the "Beatles/scarab" thing. The name was always credited to John, who gave a throwaway answer at the time about a man appearing on a flaming pie and saying they were the Beatles, then later changing his story and saying he was looking for a name like Buddy Holly's "Crickets." However, I think the truth is that someone else actually chose the name for him/them, based on this occultic imagery. I didn't know about Kek/the frog, though, and will have to look into that some more.