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The Mysterious Mr. Zedzed

You’ve probably never heard the name Basil Zaharoff, so how did he earn a biographical post subtitled “The Wickedest Man in the World”? Few men have acquired so scandalous a reputation as did Basil Zaharoff, alias Count Zacharoff, alias Prince Zacharias Basileus Zacharoff, known to his intimates as “Zedzed.” Born in Anatolia, then part of the [...]

The Devil Wears Headphones: A Brief History of Backmasking

A while back, I was browsing at a favorite used book shop and found a paperback called Backward Masking Unmasked. Written in 1983 by a youth minister named Jacob Aranza, it’s an unintentionally hilarious attempt to expose the alleged backward Satanic messages in rock music. For example, in the chapter called “Which Way Are The Eagles [...]