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    Weird Scenes Inside The Canyon

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    The very strange but nevertheless true story of the dark underbelly of a 1960s hippie utopia.

    Laurel Canyon in the 1960s and early 1970s was a magical place where a dizzying array of musical artists congregated to create much of the music that provided the soundtrack to those turbulent times.Members of bands like the Byrds, the Doors, Buffalo Springfield, the Monkees,the Beach Boys, the Turtles, the Eagles, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Steppenwolf, CSN, Three Dog Night and Love,along with such singer/songwriters as Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, James Taylor and Carole King, lived together and jammed together in the bucolic community nestled in the Hollywood Hills.

    But there was a dark side to that scene as well. Many didn’t make it out alive, and many of those deaths remain shrouded in mystery to this day. Far more integrated into the scene than most would like to admit was a guy by the name of Charles Manson, along with his murderous entourage. Also floating about the periphery were various political operatives, up-and-coming politicians and intelligence personnel – the same sort of people who gave birth to many of the rock stars populating the canyon. And all the canyon’s colorful characters – rock stars,hippies, murderers and politicos – happily coexisted alongside a covert military installation.


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    Table of Contents

    Foreword by Nick Bryant
    Preface
    1 Village of the Damned: By Way of an Introduction
    2 Power to the People: Call this a Counterculture?
    3 Dig! The Laurel Canyon Death List
    4 Related Lives and Relative Deaths
    5 Desirable People: The Canyon's Peculiar Past
    6 Vito and his Freakers: The Sinister Roots of Hippie Culture
    7 The Death of Godo Paulekas: Anger's Infant Lucifer
    8 All the Young Turks: Hollywood Tripping
    9 Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon
    10 Helter Skelter in a Summer Swelter: Return of the Death List
    11 Detours: Rustic Canyon & Greystone Park
    12 Riders on the Storm: The Doors
    13 Eight Miles High and Falling Fast The Byrds
    14 The Great Serendipity: Buffalo Springfield
    15 Beyond Buffalo Springfield and the Monkees, too
    16 Altamont Pie: Gram Parsons
    17 The Lost Expedition of Gene Clark
    18 The Wolf King of LA: "Papa" John Phillips
    19 Hungry Freaks, Daddy: Frank Zappa
    20 Born To Be Wild: John Kay
    21 A Whiter Shade of Pale: Arthur Lee and Love
    22 Endless Vibrations: The Beach Boys
    23 The Grim Game: Houdini
    24 Won't Get Fooled Again: Punk and New Wave Arrive
    Epilogue
    Acknowledgements
    Selected Bibliography & Filmography
    Index
    About the Author
    Rock! Shock! Pop!

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    Read some of this stuff on the author's site a while back, definitely fascinating whether you buy into the theories or not. One thing is undeniable: a considerable number of the movers and shakers in the California scene came from families with ties to the military/intelligence communities of the time.

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