Who Killed Mister Moonlight? - Bauhaus, Black Magick, and Benediction
Who Killed Mister Moonlight? - Bauhaus, Black Magick, and Benediction

Who Killed Mister Moonlight? - Bauhaus, Black Magick, and Benediction

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‘Fast, compelling, and disarmingly honest, this is an invaluable account of a strange and spectral cultural twilight era that we shall almost certainly never see again. Highly recommended.’


Beginning with the creation of Bauhaus’s seminal debut hit ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’, David J. Haskins offers a no-holds-barred account of his band’s rapid rise to fame and glory in the late 70s, their sudden dissolution in the 80s, and their subsequent – and often strained – reunions.

In between, he explores his work as a solo performer, and with acclaimed trio Love And Rockets – culminating in the devastating fire that ripped through the sessions for their 1996 album Sweet F.A. He also delves deep into his exploration of the occult, drawing together a diverse cast of supporting characters, including William S. Burroughs, Alan Moore, Genesis P-Orridge, and Rick Rubin.

Bristling with power and passion, music and magick, Who Killed Mister Moonlight? is a rock’n’roll memoir like no other. This revised and updated edition adds an extensive Bauhaus timeline, plus a selection of previously unpublished photographs not included in the original book.

Praise for this book

‘David J. Haskins nimbly negotiates his own extraordinary spiritual path through magic, juju, sorcery, and transformative adventures, all delivered with a sly, mordant wit.’ Mojo

‘Wild anecdotes laid out in sharp, page-turning prose.’ Playboy

‘Who Killed Mister Moonlight? is an autobiographical chessboard – one full of darkness and light. The contrast between the two offers the reader an utterly delightful, enchanting, and thoroughly memorable reading experience.’ Spirituality Today

'Full of great stories and observations.’ Record Collector ‘Memoirs from seminal musicians are becoming more and more common, but this account is one of the most interesting and intelligent I’ve read.’ New Noise

David J. Haskins was born in Northampton, England, in 1957, and was a founder member of Bauhaus, the highly influential band that spearheaded the post-punk alternative-music scene of the

early 80s with a string of innovative albums and a powerfully dramatic live presentation. Following the band’s split in 1983, he embarked on a long and varied solo career that has produced a series of critically acclaimed albums and various avant-garde collaborations.