If anyone has noticed that the world is a little less strange than it was a few weeks ago, this is likely due to the sad departure of author, artist, Fortean and blessed madman John Michell, who headed home to Atlantis on April 24th.
Michell was a key figure in the ‘60s and ‘70s occult revival in England. His book The View Over Atlantis is often cited as one of the key hippie texts. Author, ex-Blondie bassist and *friend* of The Contrarian, Gary Lachman, credits Michell with adding Glastonbury to the list of counterculture hotspots. He also took the Rolling Stones UFO hunting at Stonehenge.
The topics of Michell’s numerous books (many sadly out of print) range from flying saucers and crop circles to Shakespeare. He was particularly instrumental in forwarding the theories of sacred places, sacred geometry and ley lines.
There are few videos of Michell himself, but here is a speech given at the Charles Fort Festival in 1998, in which Michell discusses Fort’s philosophy, fish and a suspicious looking package:
Say what you will about some of his theories, but the man was funny, a great writer, and exactly what the world needed at the time. On behalf of freaks, hippies and wierdos worldwide, let’s hope he is reborn soon.