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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)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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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 C. Singleton - 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 The Edge of Absurdity 10 mai 2014
Par damian - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
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 Wake-up Call 11 mai 2014
Par Seattle Bill - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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 Entertaining and engaging... never listen to 60s rock the same again 8 mai 2014
Par Killascript - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
As can be gleaned from the opening of the book, what started as a set of website posts/articles, over a period of over 5 years, has caught fire and become "Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon", which begs the question, "Did the hippie, sex, drugs and rock and roll, free love, whatever the hell you want to call it scene" rise up organically as an affront to the status quo... or did the US intelligence machinery implant this phenomenon into Southern California (spreading up to SF thereafter) so to distract any anti-war/anti-government fervor and turn it into a mess so it could never get the traction it needed to make any difference....
Well that is a loose question of what the book proposes... but also, what the hell was going on there?
First off, almost every "musician" and band member has family ties to US intelligence or the military, there was a secret military installation/movie studio where all sorts of covert who knows what was going on there (moon landing anyone, my words, not the author's) and then there is the, you know, fact that everyone seems to be coming up dead... ties to Charles Manson, ties to drug trafficking...
Too much "coincidence" to fend off... it'd be easier to run through a swarm of zombies than not read this book and understand that with everyone who had connections to this scene coming up dead in straight up murder or mysterious circumstances and they all have connections the CIA or some other top level intelligence group, you have to wonder...

And David McGowan just gives the facts (with some humor in there too for some levity) and presents them, without not so much of an opinion, but more as a way to say, these are all these people, who just happen to have intersecting backgrounds, and they all ended up in the same place, and then they had hit records, or worked on hit records... Oh yeah, and about half of them will be dead within ten years, if not two years...

So, hey, you!... yeah the one with 'The Doors' t-shirt flipping through old records... you should probably buy this book if you want to get a better feel of where this stuff you love so much came from...

As an aside, this book actually ties in nicely with two of the authors other books, "Programmed To Kill" (with some good writing on Charles Manson of Laurel Canyon fame and other "serial killers") and "Understanding the F-Word" which gives you an idea the lengths certain government entities would do to control the country and its people...
You know, like start a bunch of rock bands to be on the radio non-stop and then start a whole sub-culture of half naked hippies dancing like maniacs at the concerts...
Truth stranger than fiction... probably a little scarier too
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 albeit a very good one. I follow up on a lot of ... 9 mai 2014
Par Rourke - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
I've been following the author's website for several years, so this read is an extension of his article for me. I already have a strong background in the source material. If a reader does not, the barrage of dates and names might be overwhelming. This is definitely a conspiracy book, albeit a very good one. I follow up on a lot of the author's claims to check the facts. I don't believe everything he lays out, but I believe enough for this read to be engaging and disturbing. Particularly a fact McGowan gets undeniably correct is that virtually every famous rock star of the LA scene in the 60s and 70s were direct scions of wealthy and powerful military families. This is fascinating, and easy to corroborate. I am a jaded reviewer, I have been following these sordid tales for many years, however I would definitely recommend this book over others of its ilk. The hallways of power are mortared with the sins of the elite ruling classes, and our pop music canon is no exception. These people will do and have done anything to stay in control of whatever aspect of society they choose to rule. They prey on the innocent, the commoner, and each other alike. Well researched, McGowan. Thank you.
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