Monday, 1 June 2015


THE SOURCE FAMILY, d. Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulos 

In the absence of any new cult news, here's a documentary about The Source Family, a white clad hippy health food meditation group of around 150 adherents led by a middle aged millionaire, murderer and martial arts master called Jim Baker, aka Father Yod. 

The original premise was simply to be kind to each other, which worked for a while until Yod became a sex obsessed megalomaniac who claimed to be God. In 1975, in a final act of hubris witnessed by the whole cult, the totally inexperienced Yod strapped himself into a hang glider and launched himself from a 1,300 foot tall cliff in high winds. After the inevitable crash, he wasn't taken to the hospital because of his own rules, so died in agony nine hours later.  

Under the name of Ya Ho Wa 13, the cult also recorded a number of psychedelic rock albums, some of which achieve a ragged propulsive groove, but mostly sound like a moderately competent garage band fronted by someone's granddad. 

My cult will definitely have a band, too, but I'm thinking more along the lines of jazz fusion with cosmic themes and really long song titles with lots of parentheses like '(Are You Ready To) Ride The Rainbow? (You're Already On Course For The Sun), Parts I-V'. Something like that. 

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