In October 1972, Jimmy Page was residing at notorious occultist Aleister Crowley's estate where he was commissioned by infamous avant-garde radical Kenneth Anger to compose the soundtrack for his yet unreleased masterpiece Lucifer Rising.
Page & Anger had a falling out so the soundtrack for Lucifer Rising was later composed by Manson family murderer Bobby Beausoleil while in prison.
Now, 40 years later, Page has unearthed his darkest masterwork.
Music: Jimmy Page - Lucifer Rising
Images: Invocation Of My Demon Brother, Incense For The Damned, Invasion Of The Thunderbolt Pagoda, The Virgin Sacrifice
Anger began filming around 1966, hiring a young musician named Bobby Beausoleil to act and compose the soundtrack. The film was abandoned in 1967 because Anger claimed the film footage had been stolen by Beausoleil. (Beausoleil and others said that Anger had simply spent all the money for the film.)
Anger then used some of the existing footage in another short film, Invocation of My Demon Brother. Beausoleil was convicted of killing Gary Hinman under the orders of Charles Manson in 1970.
Anger began filming again several years later, with British singer Marianne Faithfull appearing in the film. Chris Jagger, brother of Mick Jagger, had a falling out with Anger during the filming and most of his parts were excised from the final product. Beausoleil wrote and recorded the music in prison.
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, who composed a soundtrack for the film which was ultimately unused, makes a brief appearance. A bearded Page holds an Egyptian stele while gazing at a portrait of occultist Aleister Crowley. Crowley associate Gerald Yorke is credited as "Thelemic consultant." The original Page soundtrack was released in 2012 as Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks.