Stuart Davis offers an electrifying (and hilarious) performance of music and spoken word. He then shares some exclusive clips from his cable TV show, Sex, God, Rock n’ Roll.
Who Is Stuart Davis?
Written by Corey W. deVos
Stuart Davis has been part of the Integral family for a very long time. So long, in fact, that our very first recorded dialogue way back in April of 2003 was between Stu and Ken Wilber. There is a very good reason that Ken decided to feature Stu right out of the gate: he embodies the sort of raw, edgy, post-New Age vibe that itself defined the overall aesthetic sensibility of Integral Naked. Since then, Stuart has remained a vital part of the Integral community, and our Integral Life archives are full of special performances, dialogues, and comedy sketches that he has produced over the years.
While at our most recent Integral Spiritual Experience event, I was outside enjoying a wonderful late night/early morning discussion with Stuart Davis and Michael Dowd. Michael made a really great observation:
“Stuart,” he said, “you are what prevents Integral from being taken over by the New Age.”
And it’s true; there is a an undeniable vein of irreverence that cuts through Stuart’s work — irreverent, but never cynical, inauthentic, or insincere. Stu embodies a deeply Tantric humor that leaves no stone unturned, no taboo untouched, and no sacred cow unskewered. Stuart offers nothing less than a full-chakra embrace of the absurdity of existence, from body fluids to Brahman — which can be a bit unnerving for those who prefer to look only at the “love and light” aspects of incarnation, or for those who take their spiritual identities and idolatries just a bit too seriously. For these reasons, I often call Stuart our “Integral Gargoyle”. I like to imagine him perched above the entrance to the Integral temple, keeping the New Age riffraff at bay.
However, as Stuart is himself somewhat of a living paradox, our favorite gargoyle is simultaneously one of our greatest ambassadors of Integral consciousness, working tirelessly to bring more Integral awareness into a cultural mainstream that has existed in a vacuum of irony, cynicism, and self-referential deconstruction for way too long.
We have been very fortunate in seeing so many stars and celebrities coming into the Integral space over the years, attracted to Ken’s work and his singular vision of a more healthy and integrated world, and doing their part to help spread the influence of Integral consciousness across the planet. Stuart, however, is the first superstar we’ve seen come out of the Integral space. He is a heat-seeking missile aimed directly at the heart of pop culture — the heart of the American Tantra itself.
About Stuart Davis
Stuart Davis is a longtime friend of Integral Life and Ken Wilber, and has acted as guest host for many Integral Life dialogues over the last decade. With fifteen full-length albums to his credit, Stuart has carved out a unique wavelength in the musical spectrum. Taking the topics of God, sex and death, and crafting them into inimitable pop songs with lyrical flair and unforgettable hooks, Stuart also works in television, film, painting, and books.