Feb 02 2009

There’s one less Zippy on the planet

Published by admin at 1:57 am under Uncategorized

I just learned that the man who coined the term Zippy (meaning Zen-inspired Professional Pagan), Fraser Clark, passed away recently.  I only heard of it today, but it seems that this news may be more than a week old.  Apparently he succumbed to liver cancer.  But as one would expect, he was surrounded by friends at home when he died.

Living in the San Francisco Bay area in the 90′s, and being involved in the dance music community, one couldn’t help but feel the influence of Mr. Clark.  The primary realization of that path is through the phrase P.L.U.R., which stands for Peace Love Unity Respect.  In San Francisco in the 90′s it seems that this motto was one that many people in the scene truly took to heart.

It was a realization of the synergy between the British New Age Travelers and the Ravers that inspired Clark to create a club night called Megatripolis at Heaven in London in the early 90s.  The aspect of this club night that truly raised the energy was the concept of combining talks from visionaries along with dance music, primarily of the chill/ambient type.  It’s my feeling that by presenting this visionary information in a TAZ environment Clark served to raise the level of society a notch.

It may simply be my jaded view of things, but I can’t help but feel sadness in the belief that all too much of these energy raising actions have left the dance music scene.  The combination of spirituality and visionary ideas alongside ecstatic dance as well as ambient music doesn’t seem to occur as much as in the past.  But with repressive laws such as the RAVE Act (which was inserted into the Amber Alert bill courtesy of our current Vice President Joe Biden, BTW) one would expect such a result.  And don’t even get me started about the decline of Burning Man. :)   Even so, there are still events that uphold these ideals.  You just have to search a little harder to find them.

If you’d like to find out more I’d suggest reading this very nice article announcing Fraser Clark’s passing as well as Matrixmaster’s bio of Fraser Clark (along with Fraser Clark podcasts.)


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