A portrait of Manson's affiliations with the musical world traces his attempt to break into the Los Angeles scene of the mid-1960s, bizarre relationship with the Beach Boys, obsession with the Beatles and their alleged instruction to murder, demo releases from prison, and the resultant lawsuit to ban his royalties. Original.
Charles Manson Music Mayhem Murder
Detailed account of Manson's life, including his attempt to break into the LA scene of the mid '60s, to his bizarre relationship with the Beach Boys, his obsession with The Beatles, his demo releases from prison which achieved quadruple platinum sales, the resultant lawsuit to ban his royalties, his influence on Guns n' Roses, and his links with ne-Nazi rock underground.
Everybody Had an Ocean
Los Angeles in the 1960s gave the world some of the greatest music in rock 'n' roll history: "California Dreamin'" by the Mamas and the Papas, "Mr. Tambourine Man" by the Byrds, and "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys, a song that magnificently summarized the joy and beauty of the era in three-and-a-half minutes. But there was a dark flip side to the fun fun fun of the music, a nexus between naïve young musicians and the fringe elements that exploited the decade's peace-love-and-flowers ethos, all fueled by sex, drugs, and overnight success. One surf music superstar unwittingly subsidized the kidnapping of Frank Sinatra Jr. The transplanted Texas singer Bobby Fuller might have been murdered by the Mob in what is still an unsolved case. And after hearing Charlie Manson sing, Neil Young recommended him to the president of Warner Bros. Records. Manson's ultimate rejection by the music industry likely led to the infamous murders that shocked a nation. Everybody Had an Ocean chronicles the migration of the rock 'n' roll business to Southern California and how the artists flourished there. The cast of characters is astonishing—Brian and Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, eccentric producer Phil Spector, Cass Elliot, Sam Cooke, Ike and Tina Turner, Joni Mitchell, and scores of others—and their stories form a modern epic of the battles between innocence and cynicism and joy and terror. You'll never hear that beautiful music in quite the same way.
The shocking true story of the Manson murders, revealed in this harrowing, often terrifying book. Helter Skelter won a Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award in 1975 for Best Fact Crime Book. On August 9th 1969, seven people were found shot, stabbed and bludgeoned to death in Los Angeles. America watched in fascinated horror as the killers were tried and convicted. But the real questions went unanswered. How did Manson make his 'family' kill for him? What made these young men and women kill again and again with no trace of remorse? Did the murders continue even after Manson's imprisonment? No matter how much you think you know about this case, this book will still shock you.
American Culture in the 1960s
This book charts the changing complexion of American culture in one of the most culturally vibrant of twentieth-century decades. It provides a vivid account of the major cultural forms of 1960s America - music and performance; film and television; fiction and poetry; art and photography - as well as influential texts, trends and figures of the decade: from Norman Mailer to Susan Sontag; from Muhammad Ali's anti-war protests to Tom Lehrer's stand-up comedy; from Bob Dylan to Rachel Carson; and from Pop Art to photojournalism. A chapter on new social movements demonstrates that a current of conservatism runs through even the most revolutionary movements of the 1960s and the book as a whole looks to the West and especially to the South in the making of the sixties as myth and as history. Key Features:* Focused case studies featuring key texts, genres, writers, artists and cultural trends* Detailed chronology of 1960s American culture* Bibliographies for each chapter* Over 30 black and white illustrations
Waking Up in Iceland
Iceland is one of the most unique and fascinating countries in the world. A visually stunning island full of glaciers, volcanoes, lava fields and snow-capped mountains, the homeland of Bjork now boasts a thriving pop-music scene, its capital, Reykjavik, recently acquiring a reputation for being one of the most painfully hip locales in Europe. Once perceived as a cold, isolated European outpost, Iceland is now one of the most desirable travel destinations in Europe, a place so happening Damon Albarn of Blur even bought a house there. Music is a key reason for Iceland's radical image change and this guide looks at not only the music scene, but also the city and country in general. It provides advice on where to stay, the best clubs, DJ bars, music festivals and night clubs, and where to find guided tours for those essential day trips out.
By 1978 disco culture was so central to the French entertainment media that the country's leading television personality was a transvestite ex-disco dancer. From the mid-eighties Paris evolved to become a leading force in hip-hop, dance and ambience, building the reputations of bands and DJs such as Orange, Motor Base, Air, Daft Punk, Mirwais and Etienne de Crecy. Their music has taken cross-over into the mainstream with Madonna using Mirwais for her 'Music' collection, Daft Punk appearing on a GAP television advertisement, Air laying the soundtrack to a major film, touring the world and collaborating with Beck, and Etienne de Crecy providing the award-winning soundtrack to the worldwide Renault campaign. Drawing on exclusive interviews by many of the leading names and aided by the French Music Bureau, the book will provide in-depth accounts on the growth of the biggest names in the scene, from inception to global domination.
London, 1973: a new rock musical is premiered in a tiny theatre in Chelsea. Nothing remarkable about that; musicals open - and close - all the time. But almost 30 years later, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has grossed more than pound]100 million on its way to becoming the most successful cult film and stage show in history. For the first time, the show's creator, its composer, the original stars of both stage and screen versions (household names like Meat Loaf, Susan Sarandon, Richard O'Brien, James Bond star Charles Gray, Tim Curry and countless others), the producers, technical directors and production crew reveal what it was like to be part of a cultural phenomenon. For some, it was the highlight of their careers; others disowned the project on completion. But nobody can ignore its success. Including original cast photos, unseen stage directions and movie scripts, this is the definitive account in the creators' own words.
This book is a collaboration between the band and their personal friend, Martin James.
Waking Up in Memphis
What makes Memphis music so lasting? Why have the blues become such an iconic form of expression? What makes a bluesman? How did country and blues music merge to form rockabilly and rock 'n' roll and was Elvis the first true exponent? How did a handful of open-minded blacks and whites revolutionize soul music in the Sixties. How will these traditional musical forms - blues, rockabilly, and rock 'n' roll - remain current in the 21st century? Waking Up In Memphis answers these questions and provides a picture of the current scene, one accessible to anyone interested in Memphis music.