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E 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 Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon is the very strange but nevertheless true story of the dark underbelly of a hippie utop I love a good conspiracy theory however this is not a good one Conjecture and coincidence do not make a theory Disjointed and reaching There were many interesting ideas but no real connections and where were the covert ops promised in the subtitle

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Gwriters as Joni Mitchell Judy Collins James Taylor and Carole King lived together and jammed together in the bucolic community nestled in the Hollywood HillsBut there was a dark side to that scene as wellMany didn't make it out alive and many deaths remain shrouded in mystery to this day Far 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 th A popular revisionist work implying that the Laurel Canyon Los Angeles music scene of the late 1960 s was engineered by the CIA to divert rebellious youth from the anti war cause I found much of it unconvincing however there are two points in the author s favour1 The sheer amount of musicians in the Laurel Canyon scene whose parents worked in military intelligence Jim Morrison s father was literally the commander behind the Gulf of Tonkin incident that was the casus belli for America s entry into Vietnam and in fact most of these LA musicians were actually from northern Virginia home of the Pentagon CIA etc2 The uncanny lightning fast speed with which the LA scene starting with manufactured group The Byrds were promoted by the corporate mediaOutside these points however everything is very murky and nebulous and as the book lacks footnotes it s hard to check McGowan s sourcesAlso he seems to labouring under the misapprehension that hippies were all Gandhi style pacifists and that when a musician owned or enjoyed guns there s some sinister double standard at work meaning they re not who they say they are In reality the pacifism of the hippies is itself a media fictionmany genuine hippies believed in violence in self defence My novel Greybeard concerns an elderly hippy who goes on a killing rampage in Germany when his grandson is murdered by Merkel s migrant hordes which isn t exactly a far fetched scenario Much of McGowan s writing reads like some kind of dark gossip column whereby he delights in showing what degenerates most of these people wereAdmittedly most of the music is forgettable With the exception of Californa Dreaming Love s Forever Changes and ironically Charles Manson it s dreary stuff Only the most slovenly beer gutted boomer crying demented tears of nostalgia over the memory of his first joint could possibly find pleasure in the likes of Frank Zappa or Crosby Stills and NashIf the scene really was engineered by the CIA they could have picked better songwriters lol NB McGowan s essay Wagging the Moondoggie is better reasoned and structured than this rather rambling book

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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 other singerson Back in the summer of 2008 a few weeks after writing a 40th anniversary review of the psychedelic cult film Head featuring The Monkees I got a weird email from a reader who suggested I check out a website by a guy named Dave McGowan and his recently launched online investigative series Inside the LC The Strange But Mostly True Story of Laurel Canyon and the Birth of the Hippie GenerationNaturally curious I checked it out and fell into the proverbial rabbit hole from which I have yet to return McGowan s research on the rock music scene that artificially sprang from the countercultural Los Angeles area enclave of Laurel Canyon was absolutely shocking The story of the scene that played out in Laurel Canyon from the mid 1960 s through the end of the 1970 s is an endlessly fascinating one and that while most folks know about San Francisco s Haight Ashbury scene Angelenos of which McGowan is one remain ignorant of the even larger music and counterculture scene that played out in the Hollywood Hills And a 2008 radio interview I conducted with McGowan on a local pirate radio station proved even revealing for me Rock stars like Frank Zappa John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas Arthur Lee of Love Jim Morrison of The Doors Peter Tork of The Monkees David Crosby The Byrds and Stephen Stills Buffalo Springfield who collaborated with Crosby Stills Nash and many others get a serious look So do the actors and directors who hung out and lived and partied in Laurel Canyon a place that also happened to be home to the military s Lookout Mountain Laboratories a place that was a studio that created classified motion pictures involving atomic bomb tests and likely much between 1947 and 1969While that may not seem so unusual in the midst of the Cold War many of the names above were linked or directly involved in the military through family members or personallyAs McGowan notes How is it possible that not one of the musical icons of the Woodstock generation almost all of them draft age males was shipped off to slog through the rice paddies of Vietnam Should we just consider that to be another of those great serendipities Was it mere luck that kept all of the Laurel Canyon stars out of jail and out of the military during the turbulent decade that was the 1960 s Not really McGowan suggests that these Sixties era megastars weren t touched by The Establishment because they proved to be useful tools in their efforts to water down or co opt any efforts of a truly grassroots movement that could have emerged and brought real change and an earlier end to the meat grinder in Southeast Asia Perceived anti war anthem For What It s Worth takes on a whole different meaning figuratively and literallyMcGowan notes how so few of the Laurel Canyon artists really demanded an end to the war killing so many of their peers Jim Morrison Fraid not Mr Mojo Risin s dad US Navy Admiral George Stephen Morrison was the man in charge of the naval ship the USS Bon Homme Richard which was involved in the very Gulf of Tonkin incident that led to escalation of the Vietnam War In fact McGowan includes a photo of a clean cut Jim Morrison on the bridge of the infamous ship with his dad in early 1964 Just a few years later he would be asking the world to break on through to the other side and to light his fire All the while he largely ignored the politics of the day and had seemingly no musical training or interest How convenientAnd while Peter Tork for instance worked the coffeehouse folk scene in Greenwich Village and was friends with folkie Stephen The Sarge Stills a guy who boasted he had spent time in Vietnam likely before troops were sent there in the mid 1960 sAnd Tork What was he allegedly doing before landing a gig as a doltish bass playing Monkee on the hit NBC TV series in 1966Tork writes McGowan migrated to Connecticut then Venezuela which was I suppose a typical migratory route for folkies in those days I looked into this and sure enough Tork then known as Peter Thorkelson was in South America for a month or so allegedly visiting family But was he really Or was he on some sort of secret mission as his pal Stills has implied in the past Oddly I have found no official biographical book on Tork and he is decidedly the most mysterious Monkee of the uartetAnd while the mid 20th century spawned many creative people who came from military linked families primarily due to the World Wars and the ongoing Cold War it is strange to see how many of these Laurel Canyon musicians Zappa Stills Phillips and others and actors Dennis Hopper Jack Nicholson Bruce Dern Peter Fonda and others directly descended not only from military families from the East Coast but in some cases from elite families who first settled early America andor were involved in secret societiesAnd sure we ve heard rumors about Charles Manson and his songwriting abilities All true And members of the Beach Boys primarily surferdrummer Dennis Wilson were among Charlie s besties This Wilson brother would die under mysterious circumstances as well dying while swimming in 1983 Indeed the canyon has some dark and winding roads many of them leading to mysterious suicides or possible human sacrifices to the Dark Lord McGowan in his chapters Vito and His Freakers The Sinister Roots of Hippie Culture and The Death of Godo Paulekas Anger s Infant Lucifer we are introduced to debauched guru and self described Freak Vito Paulekas along with his wife Szou and his disturbing companion Carl Franzoni These guys helped get The Byrds a largely untested musically limited band which was as much or of a manufactured act than the derided Monkees at least in the early years off the ground by doing spasmodic freakish dance moves on the dance floors of clubs that sprouted overnight on the Sunset Strip That freewheelin behavior cloaked something far ominousPaulekas shows up in the underground film Mondo Hollywood and likely had allowed Satanist and suspected snuff film creator Kenneth Anger to feature the three year old Godo as his Lucifer in a film he was working on It is then that Mansonite and former Grass Roots a different Grass Roots later renamed Love guitarist Bobby Cupid Beausoleil becomes the Luciferian replacement Calling themselves Freaks they lived a semi communal life and engaged in sex orgies and free form dancing whenever they could writes McGowan describing Vito and the FreakersAnd when Vito split Manson happened to show up in his place because as McGowan writes It makes perfect sense in retrospect that Charles Manson and his Family came calling just as Vito fled the scene and that a Mansonite replaced the freak child doomed Godo Paulekas said to have died after falling through a skylight while tripping on acid as the embodiment of Lucifer For the truth you see is that in many significant ways Charles Manson was little than a younger version of Vito Paulekas Hollywood being Hollywood is it really all that much of a surprise that all the signs point to the Laurel Canyon peace and love folk rock and singer songwriter scene was likely entirely manufactured We know drugs were rampant occult activity commonplace and a bloody trail of corpses that shocks to the coreChapters on The Byrds troubled Gene Clark and later Gram Parsons along with iron fisted tyrants like Frank Zappa Stephen Stills Arthur Lee and Captain Beefheart and sex maniacs and likely incestuous pedophiles including various Beach Boys and Papa John Phillips all seem to point to something much hidden and sinister going on in Laurel Canyon After all these perceived peaceful hippies had a rather violent authoritarian streak about them uite counter to the image one usually conjures when imagining the happy vibes emanating from the Mamas and the Papas as they perform California Dreamin on a TV variety showEven the death obsessed and positively evil Process Church of the Final Judgment played a role in Laurel Canyon and surrounding areas Just ask one time cape wearing David Crosby or any number of lesser known musicians who came even later For all the ocean breezes bikini babes and daisies and so forth the ever present Southern California sunshine couldn t possibly pierce the darkness hanging over Laurel CanyonLater chapters touch upon New Wave and punk music s Copeland brothers which includes Police drummer Stewart Copeland and the family s connection with intelligence agencies and another inexplicably perhaps going into illusionist Harry Houdini s possible link to the early days of Laurel CanyonSure there could be a lot of coincidences the writer of The Association s 66 cult and drug flavored hit Along Comes Mary Tandyn Almer just so happens to split LA and die in the spooky DC suburb of McLean Virginia where Morrison John Phillips Mama Cass Elliot Peter Tork and others hung out in their early years with all these covert ops serial killers running around and funding that seems to come from nowhere After all who paid for all of this for so many yearsMcGowan I should note is a very personable writer with a breezy and even humorous writing style I would be giving Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon an excellent rating if it were not for a few editing and spelling errors I did like the inclusion of a foreward from conspiracy writer Nick Bryant The Franklin Scandal and his comments on this book having a healthy sprinkling of the militaryintelligence complexAnd McGowan puts you there in the canyon I only wish all the photographs he used in his online series featured at The Center for an Informed America were here as well While I was uite familiar with McGowan s wide body of conspiracy research and I had already read a lot of this Laurel Canyon information before reading it again and some new nuggets was well worth it particularly as I continue my research on my book focusing on the rock music created andor released in 1966To learn and I mean go to wwwdaveswebcnchostcom And like me you ll tumble into a rabbit hole from which you will likely never return See at


10 thoughts on “Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon

  1. says:

    If this review disappears I’ve been compromised Send in thewell hell there really isn’t anyone to send to save me”There is no doubt in my mind that this book will not be warmly received by all readers In our celebrity driven culture calling into uestion the character and motivations of so many widely admired and respected figures from

  2. says:

    As strange as this book reads the surface details are all true But what is overall message Though it goes through many strange twists and turns to get there; as far as I can tell it is that the musicians who con

  3. says:

    Back in the summer of 2008 a few weeks after writing a 40th anniversary review of the psychedelic cult film Head featuring The Monkees I got a weird email from a reader who suggested I check out a website by a guy named Dave McGowan and his recently launched online investigative series Inside the LC The Strange

  4. says:

    The most controversial parts of this book touch little on the central uestion it asks Was the culture of the time we know as the Sixties really just one massive government psy op intended to derail opposition to the Vietnam War and popular calls for real social changeIf the answer is yes this book would be a sh

  5. says:

    A popular revisionist work implying that the Laurel Canyon Los Angeles music scene of the late 1960’s was engineered by the CIA to divert rebellious youth from the anti war cause I found much of it unconvincing however there are two points in the author’s favour1 The sheer amount of musicians in the Laurel Canyon scene whose parents wo

  6. says:

    I don't believe I've said OMG so many times while reading a book It's well written and easy to read His little humorous sarcastic uips make it fun There is a lot of information in this book to digest David McGowan has connected all

  7. says:

    I love a good conspiracy theory however this is not a good one Conjecture and coincidence do not make a theory Disjointed and reaching There were many interesting ideas but no real connections and where were the covert ops promised i

  8. says:

    Do you like classic rock conspiracies Hollywood UFOs serial killers the occult spy stories and militarized mind control Then this is the book for you Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon takes an interesting approach to

  9. says:

    This is a book every fan of rock 'n roll music from the 60's and 70's in particular should read It is a history of sorts a hidden history of murder torture mind control sex drugs the occult gov't spooks and mone

  10. says:

    Somewhat amusing but the author should have done research He assumes that the fact that a lot of Laurel Canyon musicians in the 1960s had fathers who had been in the military is a conspiracy Actually this has to do with the fact that the US Army drafted 10 million American men for World War II and when these men formed families a

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