Lachman, Gary

Gary Lachman

Gary Lachman was born in Bayonne, New Jersey on 24 December 1955. Early influences were comic books, monster movies, weird fiction, AM radio and Hermann Hesse. At 18 he became involved in Manhattan’s nascent underground music scene, centered around the legendary club, CBGB. From 1975 to 1977, he was a composer and performer with Blondie appearing on television, in magazines and on radio. In 1977 he started his own group, the Know, performing as lead singer, composer and guitarist. This time of his life is recounted in his book New York Rocker, written as Gary Valentine.

From 1982 to 1984, Lachman read widely in philosophy, psychology, literature, history, science and esotericism; he traveled in Europe, visiting Chartres Cathedral, Stonehenge as well as the site of Gurdjieff’s prieure in Fontainbleau and the writer Colin Wilson in Cornwall. He became involved in Gurdjieff work, but left after a few years. From 1984 to 1990, Lachman earned a degree in philosophy and in 1993-1994 saw post-graduate studies in English Literature at the University of Southern California. In 1994-1995 Lachman was Science Writer for the University of California Los Angeles, and editor of the department newsletter. During this time he published several articles and reviews on cultural and esoteric topics inGnosis, Quest, Lapis, ReVision, Common Boundary as well as the San Francisco Chronicle and LA Weekly. He also published two short books in the Pauper’s Press Colin Wilson Studies series.

In 1996 he became a full-time writer, contributing articles and reviews to many journals in the US and UK: in addition to those mentioned above, Times Literary Supplement, Times Educational Supplement, Sunday Times, Literary Review, Resurgence, Fortean Times, Abraxas, Mojo, Bizarre, The Wire, Guardian, Independent on Sunday and others.

Lachman has appeared in the BBC documentaries Magic: Art of Darkness (2001) and The Menace of the Masses(2007) as well as in several documentaries, television and radio programs.

In 2006 Lachman, along with the other members of Blondie, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the same year, the US edition of New York Rocker was published by Thunder’s Mouth Press.

He is currently a full-time writer, contributing regularly to the Guardian, Independent on Sunday, Fortean Times and other journals in the US and UK. He is a frequent speaker and interviewer and interviewee on cultural topics and is a member of the Society of Authors and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. His work has been translated into Russian, Czech, Finnish and German. He lives in London.

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Other Works By the Author
In Search of P.D.Ouspensky: The Genius in the Shadow of Gurdjieff
Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen
Revolutionaries of the Soul: Reflections on Magicians, Philosophers, and Occultists