The Sound of American Doomsday

King Camp Gillette invented the disposable blade safety razor and revolutionized give-away and lock-in product marketing.  He was also a Utopian Socialist who believed that humanity would be best served by a world corporation and tried to get Teddy Roosevelt to run it.

Elizabeth Clare Prophet was the leader of the Church Universal and Triumphant, a cult in existence from the 70s to the 90s, obsessed with Nuclear Holocaust.  She bought the King Gillette Ranch in 1978 and ran her new-age group there until 1986.  Recordings of her preaching/ceremonies are bizarre and amazing, sounding like a cross between a livestock auction and throat singing.  Negativland sampled them quite a bit.

Brendan Monday 10 October 2011 at 12:13 pm | | Notes

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