5/21/14 Send In the Clowns with Meria and Dave McGowan. The Lincoln series continues. We start out with the fires in the SouthWest; Dave’s New Book, interviews, reviews “Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon, Laurel Canyon,Covert Ops & The Dark Heart of the Hippie Dream”. John Wilkes Booth – accused of rape; wealthy, famous “ladies man” like his father; His dad had two families, he was the 9th son of his 2nd family, a bastard; Were they spell-casters? Membership in the Hellfire Club, loaded with whores, freemasons and satanism;Ben Franklins home renovation five years ago and the find of 10 bodies within; Theresa Booth the wife of Tony Blair; The Booth ties to power structure in London and Washington;William Sewards – Secy of State – attack at his house hardly mentioned – was it fabricated? More injustice, broken law,manufactured evidence and witnesses and irregularities than 9/11; President Johnson choose to ignore his subpoena, no problem;7 week trial, only 12 objections? All over-ruled anyway;Military trial for civilians? Why was John’s brothers picture in the courtroom instead of his? So many unanswered questions. Any difference today?
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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, Buffalo Springfield, the Monkees, the Beach Boys, the Mamas and the Papas, the Turtles, the Eagles, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Steppenwolf, Captain Beefheart, CSN, Three Dog Night, Alice Cooper, the Doors, and Love with Arthur Lee, along with such singer/songwriters as Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, James Taylor, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Judi Sill and David Blue, 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 care 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 just happened to give birth to many of the rock stars populating the canyon. And all of the canyon's colorful characters - rock stars, hippies, murderers, and politicos - happily coexisted alongside a covert military installation.
Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon is the very strange, but nevertheless true story of the dark underbelly of a hippie utopia.