I thought I'd post a link to this interesting documentary about his life and eventual fall from grace in the Elizabethan court, mainly due to a shady character called Edward Kelly. Perhaps the most intriguing part of the whole affair (Dee used Kelly for 'Skrying/channelling' spirits, allegedly angels) was the formation of a perfect 'working' language he named 'Enochian' the language of angels. Indeed, Coil released a wonderful album called The Angelic Conversation, featuring voice samples of Judi Dench alongside a 'soundtrack' constructed to the Derek Jarman film of the same name.
There is a great overview of Dr Dee's life and achievements Here.
The 'film' was originally shown on Channel 4 in, i think, 2002, when Coil were still going strong, and indeed, were in the middle of a wonderful outpouring of creativity, mainly due to the addition of the never less than wonderful Thighpaulsandra as a member. Both Julian Cope and Spiritualized (whom I think Thipe' still plays with) have benefited from the idea's injection, energy and 'out-there-ness' of Thipe', an artist now sadly marginalised in his solo outpourings. I'd heartily recommend you pick up all his albums, though in particular , 'I Thighpaulsandra', ' Double Vulgar' & 'Double Vulgar II' are exceptional. In 2006 the wonderful single track limited edition 'soundtrack' album The Lepore Extrusion is a true return to haunted kraut form.
Hear it Here.
|Double Vulgar II|
|The Lepore Extrusion|