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Review: 60's music murders and suicide

GUEST,.gargoyle 27 May 10 - 05:01 AM
Willie-O 28 May 10 - 05:47 AM
meself 28 May 10 - 11:20 AM
GUEST,TJ in San Diego 28 May 10 - 02:03 PM
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Subject: Review: 60's music murders and suicide
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 27 May 10 - 05:01 AM

What began as an attempt to locate a FREEP (Free Press) article written by
Art Linkletter's daughter Diane in the late 1960's turned into a magical
mystery tour through the musical death-history of Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles.

I stopped looking for Diane Linkletter's article and became enmeshed in a bizarre
labyrinth of murder, suicide, suspicious circumstances and big name bands/musicians.
(The same man that was with Diane the night she died...also was with another curious "suicide.")
Art's son-in-law "caught a bullet" in the head a few weeks before.

If you survived the 60's with a few brain-cells on the correct synaps....perhaps
you will also enjoy the entrigue from this link site. I will not vouch for the
rest of the materials contained here but this is bizarre. Although poorly written.

LOTS OF MULTIPLE MURDERS

Basic sub-title, "Los Angeles Rock Music Intrigue" or "How LA became Hot - While Nashville became Naught"

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/155794-Inside-The-LC-The-Strange-but-Mostly-True-Story-of-Laurel-Canyon-and-the-Birth-of-the-Hippie-Generation-Part-1

It runs for 16 chapter/segments...I stumbled into chapter IX. JUST GET PAST...part One...or it will turn you off.

ZAPPA
STONES
DOORS
BYRDS
BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD
JOHN DENVER
MOTHERS OF INVENTION
BEACH BOYS
SONNY and CHER
NAZI
HELL'S ANGELS
BEEFHEART
DAVID CROSBY
JACKSON BROWN
MONKEES
THREE DOG NIGHT
FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS
JAMES TAYLOR
GOVENOR "MOONBEAM" who wants to be your next president.
CHARLIE MANSON
PHIL SPECTOR
CANNED HEAT
HENDRIX
BIG MOMMA CASS
PHIL OCHS
JANIS JOPLIN
BOBBY FULLER - "I Fought The Law and the Law Won"
DANNY KAYE
TOM MIX
HARRY HOUDINI
CLARA BOW
ALEISTER CROWLEY
ANNAPOLIS USN
BLACK SABOTH
WHISKEY A GO GO
JACK NICHOLSON
THREE DOG NIGHT
Female occult spiritualists (In my past experience threads with the "W" word are expunged by a couple Mudcat "moderators."
ALESTER CROWLEY
ANTON LEVAY
LSD
FREE LOVE
OPEN MARRAGE
POT
JOHN F KENNEDY
FRANK SINATRA
COLORADO and CATS
MICK JAGGER
MARLON BRANDO and Family
Mrs O'Leary's Cow and the Comet (ok I clicked on a side thread...this place is better than Scopes or Coast2Coast)

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

It ain't folk,
It ain't blues
But thank heavens
It is American !

And it is music ! ! !


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Subject: RE: Review: 60's music murders and suicide
From: Willie-O
Date: 28 May 10 - 05:47 AM

Wow, that's quite something. I wasted practically the whole day on the 16 parts...lots of interesting 60's anecdotes and detail on forgotten characters. The conpiracy theory--that an inordinate number of successful folk-rock musicians living in Laurel Canyon had family ties to military and military intelligence, and in some cases the "bluebloods" there was a secret Defense Dept media centre in the heart of Laurel Canyon, and briefly, that the whole "folk-rock scare" was an orchestrated Establshment plot to de-politicize the 60's music scene, is ridiculous beyond belief. But it starts out better written than most conspiracy screeds...then descends into repetition upon repetition upon pseudo-Gonzo digression, causing the reader to scream "GET TO THE POINT". Just skip to Part XVI where he concludes his pile of dead-end anecdotes with an explanation that the word "unsubstantiated" does not even begin to describe. ("Delusional fantasy" is getting there though.)   The writer has a special hatred for David Crosby, whose lineage, alleged lack of talent, and personality he blathers on about...and on and on...don't go there unless you have a bunch of time on your hands, because the damn thing is strangely compelling though totally unsatisfying.

W-O


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Subject: RE: Review: 60's music murders and suicide
From: meself
Date: 28 May 10 - 11:20 AM

"I wasted practically the whole day on the 16 parts"

Yeah, me too ....

"strangely compelling"

Agreed.

If you have too much time on your hands, go to the site. If you're pressed for time - avoid it!


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Subject: RE: Review: 60's music murders and suicide
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 28 May 10 - 02:03 PM

Of course, Art Linkletter himself just passed away. He was from these parts, having attended both high school and college in San Diego, and often returned here. He recently donated his archives to San Diego State University. I knew that he had lost two children and both under unusual circumstances, I have heard.

I am so inured to conspiracy theories by now, yet they still capture the imagination and hold a weird fascination for people. My former neighbor was a Viet Nam veteran who served in tanks, one of which he inadvertently torched while his crew was "toking up" near the DMZ. This was the proximate cause of his discharge from the Army and the probable reason he indulged in endless talk of "power elites" and "others" who were responsible for all the world's evils. Never did he take responsibility for his own actions. He was also a very bad musician who insisted everyone share his output.

I knew a lot of musicians back in the sixties who were influenced by "wacky tabacky" and many more mind-altering substances. Likely, much of the musical output created during that period was, at least partly, drug-induced. I never met any one of them, though, who "worked both sides of the street," as they say about informants and government operatives.

By the way, the only person I knew who really detested David Crosby was someone who needed a liver transplant and couldn't understand how Crosby got his so easily.


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Subject: RE: Review: 60's music murders and suicide
From: meself
Date: 28 May 10 - 03:20 PM

You don't have to buy into the 'conspiracy theory' angle to find this thing captivating - you can be what I believe the author terms a "co-incidentalist" and find that the coincidendces leave you scratching your head.


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Subject: RE: Review: 60's music murders and suicide
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 28 May 10 - 06:57 PM

(In my past experience threads with the "W" word are expunged by a couple Mudcat "moderators."

"Women"?


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Subject: RE: Review: 60's music murders and suicide
From: Willie-O
Date: 28 May 10 - 10:30 PM

Speaking of strangely compelling wastes of time, I also read Crosby's autobiography, "Long Time Gone", which seems to be a major piece of source material for Dave McGowan, author of "The-Strange-but-Mostly-True-Story-of-Laurel-Canyon...". Crosby doesn't spend much time explaining his aristocratic bloodline, but goes into plenty of detail on the eight years or so when he kept a lit blowtorch by his side, 24-hours a day, to facilitate his free-basing habit. (When CSNY did reunion tours then, they scheduled their sets so he could get a fix every 45 minutes.) I can only assume that during that decade, he was not one of the crack operatives of the Bilderburg Group (believe it or not I didn't mean to make a pun) or whatever...sumbitch is lucky to be alive and he knows it. He only started a lot of small fires...oh yeah, and he put out the revolution too.

Right.   

W-O


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