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In 1990, Glenn Danzig Showed Off His Book Collection, And It Was A Library of Pure Evil

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You don't have to be a Danzig fan to recognize his name. Glenn Danzig was the frontman of the Misfits - a seminal punk band from the '80s that blended bone-crushing riffs with horror-tinged lyrics. After the Misfits disbanded, Danzig fronted a metal band called Samhain before striking out on his own, which is when his career really took off.

During a video interview in 1990, Danzig crouched, shirtless, in front of a bookshelf to show off his library, which contained various books on the "anthropology of evil." In the video, Danzig discusses his collection of creepy magic and occult books - but that’s not the only thing he’s into. Throughout his career, the singer has spoken about his love of literature, including poetry and comic books.

What follows is a summation of Danzig’s library, his views on autobiographies, and a moment-by-moment dissection of the strangest video interview ever. 

  • Danzig’s Literary Showcase Appears On A VHS Collection Of His Music Videos   

    In 1990, Def American Recordings released Danzig, a VHS collection of music videos and live recordings of Glenn Danzig's self-titled band. The video also features several interviews with band members, including a three-minute clip of Danzig showing off a few of his favorite books from his extensive literary collection. 

    In this interview, he describes as “various books on [mortality and] the anthropology of evil.” Danzig grins like a teenage boy while talking about werewolves, angels, and Jesus taking lives.

  • 'Rolling Stone' Found Stuffed Wolves And Count Chocula Cereal In His Library

    In the lo-fi black and white footage of the singer’s interview, it looks like he’s kneeling next to a small bookshelf by a fireplace - it’s hard to tell what’s going on. But when Rolling Stone visited Danzig's home in 1994, they revealed that he essentially lived in a haunted house. 

    The room containing the library was full of stuffed wolves, and there was an unopened box of Count Chocula cereal sitting around. The magazine also noted that, aside from the books already listed, Danzig’s shelves housed The Anthropology of Evil and Ceremonial Magic.

  • He Has A Collection Of Stories About Real Werewolves 

    The first book Danzig highlights in the video interview is The Werewolf in Lore and Legend by Montague Summers, a 20th-century author and clergyman who studied English drama and the supernatural. Danzig describes The Werewolf as a book of legitimate werewolf sightings that are “all documented, all true.”

    In the video, he recalls his favorite story of a werewolf coming out of a clearing shaking a baby in its mouth. Danzig describes the tale as “pretty cool” and “the kind of stuff I like to read.” 

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    He Says You Can 'Learn A Lot' From 'The Occult Roots Of Nazism' 

    One book that Danzig is particularly proud of is The Occult Roots of Nazism by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke. This book explores the dark origins of the racist and nationalist beliefs that pervaded the group's ideology. As Danzig shows off the book, he chuckles and says, "Every school child should have this book,” adding, “You learn a lot from this one.” 

    In a 1994 interview with Rolling Stone, Danzig claimed his comment about school children was sarcastic, but went on to defend himself:

    Obviously, if a book is published, it’s got knowledge in it. If you let your bias get in the way, you don’t know about it. If I was a [despot] hunter, I’d want to read this book. If someone says it’s politically incorrect to have that book, I basically say, "F*ck you." If you’re going to tell me what book to read or not read, who’s the fascist?