Zeeber Gold: Joseph Campbell

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.

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2 Responses to “Zeeber Gold: Joseph Campbell”

  1. Nicole says:

    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 says:

      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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