Zeeber Gold: Joseph Campbell

in Radio Riel Main, Weekly Programme, Zeeber Gold

by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 2 January, 2013

Today marks the first in our new series of classic interviews from ZBS Foundation with the movers and shakers, artists and musicians of the 1960s and 1970s, Zeeber Gold. The series airs at 11am and 7pm Pacific Time (19:00 and 03:00 GMT).

Joseph Campbell — A Near Myth
or How to turn your Dreams into a Personal Fortune

The first programme in the series features Irish American mythologist, writer and lecturer Joseph Campbell (1904 – 1987), best known for his work in comparative mythology and religion, exemplified by the PBS TV series of interviews between Campbell and Bill Moyers, The Power of Myth. His discussion of the “Hero’s Journey” has influenced a great many people, notably lying behind aspects of the Star Wars movie series. Campbell himself was deeply influenced by the likes of Jung, Frazer (of The Golden Bough), Maslow and Grof.

This intriguing interview is highlighted by Joseph Campbell’s personable manner and good sense of humour. He discusses the power of and the need for myth in society and on a personal level. His comments cover American Indian, Biblical and Oriental mythology, the theme of the tantra, Kundalini and chakra structure, R. D. Laing and the psychic myths, and a fascinating view of the relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud and their subsequent work. He also makes some interesting points on the problem of adapting Eastern meditation techniques to the Western ego. Joseph Campbell taught at Sarah Lawrence College for many years and wrote definitive volumes on the world’s mythologies including Hero With a Thousand Faces and Myths to Live By.

The interview is in two parts and lasts about an hour. Recorded in 1971.


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Nicole January 24, 2013 at 19:35

Have you heard of the new movie Finding Joe all about connecting Joseph Campbell's teachings to your own personal journey? Wed love to send you out a copy to share with your community!


Elrik Merlin January 25, 2013 at 08:50

Well, the trailer looks fascinating, and thanks for bringing it to our attention. Perhaps you can supply a link where our listeners can view the entire film?


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