‘It is not my conspiracy. It is not my music. I hear what it relates. It says, ‘Rise!’ It says, ‘Kill!’ Why blame it on me?’
Charles Manson, 1970
Three decades on, the hideous occult murder spree of Charles Manson’s acid-crazed devotees in the Hollywood Hills is still like a bloody full stop in the history of the 1960s. Was he inspired to kill by lyrics from The Beatles’ White Album? Did he want to spark off an apocalyptic race war?
With interviews from surviving associates and fans alike, Charles Manson: Music Mayhem Murder explores the mysteries surrounding the most notorious figure of the 1960s. What did Brian Wilson, Neil Young and The Mamas And The Papas’ John Phillips think of Manson? What connects him to the rest of the ‘60s West Coast rock ‘n’ roll and movie scenes? And why has his legacy struck a chord with bands like Guns N’ Roses, Nine Inch Nails, Pantera, Mushroomhead, System Of A Down and, of course, Marilyn Manson?
In Charles Manson: Music Mayhem Murder, Tommy Udo heads out west on a hunt for answers.