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Weird Scenes Inside The Canyon: Laurel Canyon, Covert Ops & The Dark Heart Of The Hippie Dream Format Kindle
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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.
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.
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.
#1 - He does an incredible amount of research and documents his source materials well
#2 - He stays clear of emphasizing, and sometimes even drawing, conclusions from his own research
These are incredibly important because, since the advent of the internet, many people state outlandish conclusions without documenting even a shred of evidence. McGowan flips the scenario, allowing the reader to come to his own conclusions, which any self-respecting critical thinker will do anyway; we don't need to be "led."
As a musician who rubs shoulders with people who worked with the artists mentioned, I can tell you they, like me, are shocked but not entirely surprised by the history behind the scenes. Weird things happened, and continue to happen, in Hollywood and the entertainment industry.
This book is a MUST-READ for anyone who wants to get a glimpse of the Wizard behind the curtain, and suspects the road to Oz isn't all it's cracked up to be.
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