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Weird Scenes Inside The Canyon: Laurel Canyon, Covert Ops & The Dark Heart Of The Hippie Dream [Format Kindle]

David McGowan , Nick Bryant

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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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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 316 pages
  • Editeur : Headpress (22 avril 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00JVAW58K
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Rock 'n' Roll, the CIA, Psy-ops, and the engineered hippie culture... Awesome. 9 mai 2014
Par Curtis - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Dave McGowan is a writer whose credibility is stamped on every page. I have all of Dave's previous books, too. In them, as in this one, he returns as if from some archeological dig of the USA's collective history with the damnedest stories and characters. This time he has outdone even his own "Programmed to Kill" which also serves as this book's perfect companion as the material is related. So if you haven't yet read PtK, there is no better time than now.

Everyone knows about the Manson murders and the Family. We have all heard about how they had some connection to one or another of the Beach Boys. And while most people would stop there with a, "Hm. What a weird coincidence," Dave says, "Hold on just a sec." Then he shows you more. And that example is not even a good one. Dave will give you many better and far more obscure ones, and then explore their implications.

This book takes us back to the 60's (although we visit other periods as well), time of the Doors and The Byrds, the Beatles and Frank Zappa. The era of Fonda and Brando, Hopper and Dean. Also the Vietnam War (or was it police action?) and the CIA's most infamous abuses. Instead of just parroting the same old anecdotes, Dave traces the relationships between the Rock and Roll scene (especially that which started in Laurel Canyon), Hollywood's movie makers, and the intelligence community. And believe me, there are far too many of these connections to just dismiss them. He also explores the family trees of many of the 60s' biggest rock stars and actors and exposes a very interesting detail they all share. Along the way he notes and ties in death after strange death left in the wake of this scene as well as one coincidence after another. His research is impeccable and all from mainstream sources. It seems that the story this book tells was always there, it just took Dave to unearth it for us.

One thing is for sure: after reading this book, you will never look at the 1960's or its many famous people the same way. If you love Hendrix, The Doors, The Byrds, CSNY, Graham Nash, The Rolling Stones, The Mamas and the Papas, the Who, the Monkees (HA!), America, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Poco, the Beach Boys, and a host of others, and you want to know more about the inter-relationships between these bands and the CIA, etc. (Yes, there was one)then pick this book up. You won't regret it, but you might regret the fact that it kept you up far too late for just one more chapter.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wake-up Call 11 mai 2014
Par Seattle Bill - Publié sur Amazon.com
I had read Mr. McGowan's online series, but the book adds substantially more information and is well written and nicely cited and edited. I read it over the weekend and could not put it down until it was done. I purchased three copies -- one for me to keep and two to be passed around.

There are many disturbing aspects to waking up to the reality of how our society and culture are manufactured and manipulated by the elites and their intelligence machinery, and one of the most disturbing is the obliteration of the myth of a meritocracy in which talented people who work hard at their craft are discovered and become rich and famous. As this book demonstrates, even in areas in which you would least expect it -- like rock 'n roll and "hippy" culture -- fame and fortune is mostly reserved for those already connected to the ruling elite. Buy several copies of this book, read it, and pass the copies on to likely readers and spreaders of the word.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Edge of Absurdity 10 mai 2014
Par damian - Publié sur Amazon.com
Digging into the paradox that is popular culture, the construction of reality and the marketing of dreams - this is the fertile compost heap of Dave McGowan. The inversion of idealism and the necromancy of normality. Tough stuff. Are you prepared to question your assumptions, to swallow the bitter pill?
I paid particular attention in Dave's online chronicles ( back when I first came across the Laurel Canyon story on his site) to the song by The Eagles - Hotel California which he mentions. The 'you can check out anytime you want, but you can never leave' matter of fact Faustian allegory within the lyrics. This is the 'deal with the devil' that Dave clarifies with his pugnacious research and humour. The very nature of the American entertainment empire. Under it's facade - is blood and poison and death.
Nothing new for many of you - but the autopsy of the putrid pizza aftermath is entertainingly reconstituted in Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon. It maps the contours not merely of the historical discrepancies of a part of Los Angeles known to all Hollywood insiders but busts open the farce that is 'alternative cultural history'. Anyone who values inside stories of the eponymous 60's & 70's will garner much truth from Dave's book. It is an essential lesson in questioning the paradigms of today by looking at the reality behind the mythologies of the past. All the more poignant because so many people put the 'characters' of that time on a pedestal. It is great read for those of us who need to be reminded of the constructed nature of idols. Be they musicians or actors & actresses. In this contemporary gilded haze, Dave's book brings an important element of sobriety to the inflated significance of these icons and exposes the 'bad jelly' greasing the worlds of fame. Namely, the covert operations to control the psychological belief systems of society. An important work, read it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 When I review a book, a lions share of ... 23 novembre 2014
Par Mary - Publié sur Amazon.com
When I review a book, a lions share of the stars is dedicated to content, not writing style. I gave this book 5 stars because it touched upon the artificial creation of an entire era and I'm sure subsequent era's to follow. It documented the way that social engineering is being used on society in order to lead them in a specific direction. As the hippie movement did. This experiment was used to break down the family structure and wear away at the moral fiber of society and was extremely successful in doing so. All you have to do is look around today, just take a look at us. It is a book that caused me to question why the people orchestrating that movement would want to do that???? These techniques of social engineering are ongoing. Those reviewers who are stuck on the writing style, are forever lost as far as I'm concerned. You obviously can not see the forest from the trees and have lost the entire point of McGowan's work. He isn't Shakespeare, he is trying to convey a very unsettling truth to the public. What you should be asking yourself is why?? Why did they want to create a social situation that would cause a break down in morality and family structure. That's the million dollar question and continues to be. All you have to do is look at the VMA Awards each year.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Great stories, well told, although the conspiracy theory has some shortcomings. 16 juillet 2014
Par 56175 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I was torn between giving this book 2 or 3 stars. On the one hand it is very well researched and the author does a very good job in stitching together the many and varied relationships that existed amongst the musicians and actors of Laurel Canyon. The stories are fascinating and are served with a nice dollup of humour. Where problems arise for this reader is in the attempt of the author to point to a conspiracy of some type given the military connections and common location in Laurel Canyon of the subjects of this book.
If a person takes a "freakanomics" look at what appear to be more than coincidence the conspiracy can be explained;
- a large number of the population were in the military for WW2, the Korean or Viet Nam wars. The US has a larger military than the next 12 largest countries combined, so the military is a large employer in the US. This in turn creates a high number of military offspring.
- a large number of military brats end up in the entertainment business as they develop their entertainment chops early to make new friends because of their parents continous relocations.
- for many people, the '60's youth movement was about banding together, away from the traditional parental home. For all those kids of people in the LA entertainment business, what better place than "back to the land" scenic Laurel Canyon where the young turk movie stars had already set up to party. And once the scene started, people flocked there.
- and lastly, some people in the entertainment business lead troubled lives and their life expectancy is considserably shorter - booze and drugs will do that.
That quibble aside I thought the stories were well told and researched.
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