The Shamans of Rock and Roll


Published under: Rock and Roll Shamans, Shamanism

The word “shaman” comes to us from the Tun­gus lan­guage of Siberia and refers to a per­son who makes jour­neys to non-ordinary real­ity in an altered state of con­scious­ness. Shamans of Rock and Roll In their trances, shamans are able to com­mu­ni­cate with the spirit world and jour­ney to the Upper­world and the Underworld.

The shaman’s goal is to dis­cover the truth and bring the mes­sage back to the tribe, and this is pre­cisely the role played by Bob Dylan, Jimi Hen­drix, David Bowie, and John Lennon in the 1960’s.  There was real magic in their per­for­mances that can be traced back to shamanic heal­ing rit­u­als from our col­lec­tive past.

The “Shamans of Rock & Roll” trans­ports the audi­ence into a mag­i­cal world of sight and sound – using com­pelling music and visu­als to por­tray a sort of fan­ta­sia real­ity in high def­i­n­i­tion.  Inter­views with today’s top rock & roll artists, anthro­pol­o­gists, artists’ biog­ra­phers, and shamanic experts are inter­spersed through­out the film.

We explore how one becomes a shaman…starting with how one is iden­ti­fied as a shaman can­di­date.  This per­son is usu­ally, from a young age, a dreamer and has “out of the ordi­nary” per­cep­tions.  Dreams con­nect them to their power. They also have suf­fered “shaman’s sick­ness” – which is some event or hard times such as fam­ily tragedy, ill­ness, or rejec­tion – which causes them to lose their soul.

Like the shaman can­di­date, each of our four artists were dream­ers who saw the world dif­fer­ently than most peo­ple. In their early lives, they suf­fered greatly from fam­ily crises, injuries, and other extreme cir­cum­stances that set them apart from their peers. These expe­ri­ences set them off on a quest to heal them­selves and dis­cover who they really were and what was hap­pen­ing in the world around them.  Their songs described their per­sonal jour­neys – how they con­vened with the spirit world, sur­vived the ordeal and ulti­mately got their act together – reveal­ing their truth.

Mil­lions of fans tuned in and were turned on by the music of our rock & roll shamans — because their music told them what was really going on. The recog­ni­tion of this truth changed a gen­er­a­tion. But the real les­son pro­vided by explor­ing the lives and music of these rock & rollers is not the par­tic­u­lar truths which they dis­cov­ered, but how the path they fol­lowed offers clues as to how each of us might under­take a shaman’s jour­ney of our very own.  It’s time to dis­cover and live our own truth.  Now more than ever…

For more infor­ma­tion about our doc­u­men­tary, please visit www.shamansofrock.com and join us on Face­book.



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One Response to The Shamans of Rock and Roll

  1. Jim Schneider says:

    Hello WP,
    I woke up this morn­ing to the news of the pass­ing of David Bowie. I imme­di­ately thought of you. I am off FB for a while, deem­ing it pretty much a waste of time errod­ing my wast­ing time ten­den­cies. I do miss just a few ‘friends’ who say intel­li­gent things and pay atten­tion to all the right things. I just wanted to acknowl­edge what must be an incred­i­bly sad day for you, and all of us…RIP Major Tom, Ziggy, and I hope you really did turn into a cos­mic dol­phin. My Best. Jim S.

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