6/18/14 Send In the Clowns with Meria and Dave McGowan. Latest interviews/appearances on his latest book “Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon” and the attacks Dave has suffered because of it; becoming a radio-whore (lol); June 22nd see Dave at “Book Soup” right on Sunset Blvd where it all happened; attack by trolls on social media; Why so much hatred? What does this book do people’s imagined reality of the 60’s? the Isle Vista killings, were there 2 shooters? Why are shootings becoming so commonplace in America? copycat killers; the Zodiac killer (never solved, not even a patsy); Bush’s war has led to what is happening today in Iraq; 9/11 the excuse for war; Dave assaulted by a rent-a-cop walking his dog and more stuff.
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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.