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Laurel Canyon - David McGowan - Birth of the Hippie Generation - Abstract

have been looking forward to putting out an abstract of Dave McGowan's  - Inside The LC: The Strange but Mostly True Story of Laurel Canyon and the Birth of the Hippie Generation

So here it is....  the 13 part series in pieces.... here is part 1 and 2 ... please forgive the formating,  see the whole abstract here: Laurel Canyon - David McGowan Report

Inside The LC: The Strange but Mostly True Story of Laurel Canyon and the Birth of the Hippie Generation

Part I

U.S. Navy Admiral George Stephen Morrison have allegedly come under attack while patrolling Vietnam’s Tonkin Gulf. - Jim Morrison's father

earliest on the Laurel Canyon/Sunset Strip scene is Jim Morrison

Frank Zappa
‘Log Cabin’ – which sat right in the heart of Laurel Canyon, at the crossroads of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Lookout Mountain Avenue – Zappa will play host to virtually every musician who passes through the canyon in the mid- to late-1960s.

Zappa (born, curiously enough, on the Winter Solstice of 1940) never really made a secret of the fact that he had nothing but contempt for the ‘hippie’ culture that he helped create and that he surrounded himself with.

Francis Zappa (father) was, in case you were wondering, a chemical warfare specialist assigned to – where else? – the Edgewood Arsenal. Edgewood is, of course, the longtime home of America’s chemical warfare program, as well as a facility frequently cited as being deeply enmeshed in MK-ULTRA operations.

Zappa’s manager, by the way, is a shadowy character by the name of Herb Cohen, who had come out to L.A. from the Bronx with his brother Mutt just before the music and club scene began heating up. Cohen, a former U.S. Marine, had spent a few years traveling the world before his arrival on the Laurel Canyon scene. Those travels, curiously, had taken him to the Congo in 1961, at the very time that leftist Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba was being tortured and killed by our very own CIA.

Gail Zappa (wife), known formerly as Adelaide Sloatman. Gail hails from a long line of career Naval officers, including her father, who spent his life working on classified nuclear weapons research for the U.S. Navy.

Gail had attended a Naval kindergarten with “Mr. Mojo Risin’” himself, Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison had later attended the same Alexandria, Virginia high school as two other future Laurel Canyon luminaries – John Phillips and Cass Elliott.

John Edmund Andrew Phillips
 was, shockingly enough, yet another child of the military/intelligence complex. The son of U.S. Marine Corp Captain Claude Andrew Phillips and a mother who claimed to have psychic and telekinetic powers, John attended a series of elite military prep schools in the Washington, D.C. area, culminating in an appointment to the prestigious U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.

Phillips arrived at the very height of the Cuban Revolution (in Cuba).

a few years after Castro took power, Phillips found himself cooling his heels in Jacksonville, Florida – alongside, coincidentally I’m sure, the Mayport Naval Station.

Mr. Stephen Stills

Stills will have the distinction of being a founding member of  Buffalo Springfield, and,  Crosby, Stills & Nash

Stills will pen perhaps the first, and certainly one of the most enduring anthems of the 60s generation, “For What It’s Worth,” the opening lines of which appear at the top of this post (Stills’ follow-up single will be entitled “Bluebird,” which, coincidentally or not, happens to be the original codename assigned to the MK-ULTRA program).

Stills was (*yawn*) the product of yet another career military family. Raised partly in Texas, young Stephen spent large swaths of his childhood in El Salvador, Costa Rica, the Panama Canal Zone, and various other parts of Central America – alongside his father, who was, we can be fairly certain, helping to spread ‘democracy’ to the unwashed masses in that endearingly American way

Stills was educated primarily at schools on military bases and at elite military academies.
Stephen will later tell anyone who will sit and listen that he had served time for Uncle Sam in the jungles of Vietnam. what will be ignored is the undeniable fact that the U.S. had thousands of ‘advisers’ – which is to say, CIA/Special Forces operatives – operating in the country for a good many years before the arrival of the first official ground troops

David Crosby
Crosby is, not surprisingly, the son of an Annapolis graduate and WWII military intelligence officer, Major Floyd Delafield Crosby
William Beebe led to a job as ph [stills & movies] on the Beebe Haitian Expedition [1927].
filmed the Matto Grosso Expedition, the Pratt Honduras Expedition, the LaVarre Brazilian-Guiana Expedition and an Indian Expedition

WWII he worked as a ph in the Air Transport Command making reference films for pilots
For Corman, Crosby shot War of the Satellites, Machine Gun Kelly, I, Mobster, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Premature Burial, Tales of Terror, and many other films. Most of these films were for American International Pictures, or AIP, Corman's "home company." Eventually Crosby worked on other AIP projects not directed by Corman, including Bikini Beach, Pajama Party, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini, and Fireball 500. After his work as a cophotographer of the undistinguished programmer The Arousers, Crosby retired from the industry.

David Van Cortlandt Crosby, as it turns out, is a scion of the closely intertwined Van Cortlandt, Van Schuyler and Van Rensselaer families.

the Crosby family tree includes a truly dizzying array of US senators and congressmen, state senators and assemblymen, governors, mayors, judges, Supreme Court justices, Revolutionary and Civil War generals, signers of the Declaration of Independence, and members of the Continental Congress.

has a real fondness for guns, especially handguns, which he has maintained a sizable collection of for his entire life.

Jackson Browne, 
who is – are you getting as bored with this as I am? – the product of a career military family. Browne’s father was assigned to post-war ‘reconstruction’ work in Germany, which very likely means that he was in the employ of the OSS, precursor to the CIA.

Gerry Beckley, Dan Peek and Dewey Bunnell. 
Individually, these three names are probably unknown to virtually all readers; but collectively, as the band America, the three will score huge hits in the early ‘70s with such songs as “Ventura Highway,” “A Horse With No Name,” and the Wizard of Oz-themed “The Tin Man.” I guess I probably don’t need to add here that all three of these lads were products of the military/intelligence community. Beckley’s dad was the commander of the now-defunct West Ruislip USAF base near London, England, a facility deeply immersed in intelligence operations. Bunnell’s and Peek’s fathers were both career Air Force officers serving under Beckley’s dad at West Ruislip, which is where the three boys first met.

Mike Nesmith of the Monkees and Cory Wells of Three Dog Night (two more hugely successful Laurel Canyon bands), who both arrived in LA not long after serving time with the U.S. Air Force. Nesmith also inherited a family fortune estimated at $25 million.

Gram Parsons, who would briefly replace David Crosby in The Byrds before fronting The Flying Burrito Brothers, was the son of Major Cecil Ingram “Coon Dog” Connor II, a decorated military officer and bomber pilot who reportedly flew over 50 combat missions. Parsons was also an heir, on his mother’s side, to the formidable Snively family fortune. which reportedly owned as much as 1/3 of all the citrus groves in the state of Florida.

What one finds, far more often than not, are the sons and daughters of the military/intelligence complex and the sons and daughters of extreme wealth and privilege – and oftentimes, you’ll find both rolled into one convenient package.

Warren Zevon, the son of William “Stumpy” Zevon, a lieutenant for infamous LA crimelord Mickey Cohen.

the Laurel Canyon crowd that transformed Los Angeles into the epicenter of the music industry.

Part 2

These icons were, to an overwhelming degree, the sons and daughters of the military/intelligence complex and the scions of families that have wielded vast wealth and power in this country for a very long time.

Are we to believe that the only kids from that era who had musical talent were the sons and daughters of Navy Admirals, chemical warfare engineers and Air Force intelligence officers? Or are they just the only ones who were signed to lucrative contracts and relentlessly promoted by their labels and the media?

Why did Jim Morrison never denounce, or even mention, his father’s key role in escalating one of America’s bloodiest illegal wars?

why did Frank Zappa never pen a song exploring the horrors of chemical warfare

CoIntelPro. Entire books, for example, have been written examining how presumably virtuous musical artists were subjected to FBI harassment and/or whacked by the CIA.

what if the musicians themselves (and various other leaders and founders of the ‘movement’) were every bit as much a part of the intelligence community as the people who were supposedly harassing them?”

cynical exercise in discrediting and marginalizing the budding anti-war movement and creating a fake opposition that could be easily controlled and led astray?

the harassment these folks were subjected to was largely a stage-managed show designed to give the leaders of the counterculture some much-needed ‘street cred’? What if, in reality, they were pretty much all playing on the same team?

“Some on the left even theorized that the hippies were the end result of a plot by the CIA to neutralize the anti-war movement with LSD, turning potential protestors into self-absorbed naval-gazers.” An exasperated Abbie Hoffman once described the scene as he remembered it thusly: “There were all these activists, you know, Berkeley radicals, White Panthers … all trying to stop the war and change things for the better. Then we got flooded with all these ‘flower children’ who were into drugs and sex. Where the hell did the hippies come from?!”

Jerry Brown
longtime resident of a little place called Laurel Canyon

Brown lived on Wonderland Avenue, not too many doors down from 8763 Wonderland Avenue, the site of the infamous “Four on the Floor” murders

the murders of Stephen Parent, Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Voytek Frykowski and Abigail Folger at 10050 Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon, just a couple miles to the west of Laurel Canyon – had deep ties to the Laurel Canyon scene as well.

Folger and Frykowski lived in Laurel Canyon, at 2774 Woodstock Road,

Victim Jay Sebring’s acclaimed hair salon sat right at the mouth of Laurel Canyon, just below the Sunset Strip, and it was Sebring, alas, who was credited with sculpting Jim Morrison’s famous mane. One of the investors in his Sebring International business venture was a Laurel Canyon luminary who I may have mentioned previously, Mr. John Phillips.

Many of the regular visitors to Cass Elliot’s home, including a number of shady drug dealers, were also regular visitors to the Folger/Frykowski home

Sharon Tate was also well known in Laurel Canyon, where she was a frequent visitor to the homes of friends like John Phillips, Cass Elliott, and Abby Folger.

the alleged killers also lived in and/or were very much a part of the Laurel Canyon scene. Bobby “Cupid” Beausoleil, for example, lived in a Laurel Canyon apartment during the early months of 1969. Charles “Tex” Watson, who allegedly led the death squad responsible for the carnage at Cielo Drive, lived for a time in a home on – guess where? – Wonderland Avenue.

Watson co-owned and worked in a wig shop in Beverly Hills, Crown Wig Creations, Ltd., that was located near the mouth of Benedict Canyon.

Sebring’s Benedict Canyon home, at 9820 Easton Drive, was a rather infamous Hollywood death house that had once belonged to Jean Harlow and Paul Bern.

what do Diane Linkletter (daughter of famed entertainer Art Linkletter), legendary comedian Lenny Bruce, screen idol Sal Mineo, starlet Inger Stevens, and silent film star Ramon Novarro, all have in common?
If you answered that all were found dead in their homes, either in or at the mouth of Laurel Canyon, in the decade between 1966 and 1976, then award yourself five points. If you added that all five were, in all likelihood, murdered in their Laurel Canyon homes, then add five bonus points.

Phil Spector,
whose crack team of studio musicians, dubbed The Wrecking Crew, were the actual musicians playing on many studio recordings by such bands as The Monkees, The Byrds, The Beach Boys, and The Mamas and the Papas.

Lenny Bruce
control over his unreleased material fell into the hands of a guy by the name of Frank Zappa

Let's skip Part 3 for now (The Laurel Canyon Death list) and concentrate on Part 4 - the Military "Lookout Mountain Laboratory"

Part 4

Charles Spencer Mann and his partners began buying up land along what would become Laurel Canyon Boulevard, as well as up Lookout Mountain.

the crest of Lookout Mountain was carved out, and upon that crest was constructed a lavish 70-room inn with sweeping views of the city below and the Pacific Ocean beyond. The Lookout Inn featured a large ballroom, riding stables, tennis courts and a golf course, among other amenities. But the inn, alas, would only stand for a decade; in 1923, it burned down, as tends to happen rather frequently in Laurel Canyon.

In 1913, Mann built Laurel Tavern, the structure boasted a 2,000+ square-foot formal dining room, guest rooms, and a bowling alley on the basement level. The Laurel Tavern, of course, would later be acquired by Tom Mix, after which it would be affectionately known as the Log Cabin.

the grounds of the Laurel Tavern/Log Cabin were also laced with odd caves and tunnels. As Michael Walker notes in Laurel Canyon, “Running up the hillside, behind the house, was a collection of man-made caves built out of stucco, with electric wiring and light bulbs inside.” According to various accounts, one secret tunnel running under what is now Laurel Canyon Boulevard connected the Log Cabin (or its guesthouse) to the Houdini estate. This claim is frequently denounced as an urban legend,

The Tavern itself, as Gail Zappa would later describe it, was “huge and vault-like and cavernous.

castle-like mansion across the road, at the corner of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and what would become Willow Glen Road. The home featured rather creepy towers and parapets, and the foundation is said to have been riddled with secret passageways, tunnels, and hidden chambers. Similarly, the grounds of the estate were (and still are) laced with trails leading to grottoes, elaborate stone structures, and hidden caves and tunnels.

the new inn and roadhouse, and the new parcels of land for sale, definitely weren’t for everyone. The roadhouse was essentially a country club, or what Jack Boulware of Mojo Magazine described as “a masculine retreat for wealthy men.” And Bungalow Land was openly advertised as “a high class restricted park for desirable people only.”

I need to mention here that, of the eight celebrity residents of Laurel Canyon listed by the Association, fully half died under questionable circumstances, and three of the four did so on days with occult significance. While Bessie Love, Norman Kerry, Richard Dix and Clara Bow all lived long and healthy lives, Ramon Navarro, as we have already seen, was ritually murdered in his home on Laurel Canyon Boulevard on the eve of Halloween, 1968. Nearly a half-century earlier, on January 18, 1923, matinee idol Wallace Reid was found dead in a padded cell at the mental institution to which he had been confined. Just thirty-one years old, Reid’s death was attributed to morphine addiction, though it was never explained how he would have fed that habit while confined to a cell in a mental hospital.

Tom Mix died on a lonely stretch of Arizona highway in the proverbial single-car crash on October 12, 1940 (the birthday of notorious occultist Aleister Crowley), when he quite unexpectedly encountered some temporary construction barricades that had been set up alongside a reportedly washed-out bridge.

Harry Houdini died on Halloween day, 1926, purportedly of an attack of appendicitis precipitated by a blow to the stomach. The problem with that story, however, is that medical science now recognizes it to be an impossibility.

Houdini’s death, on October 31, 1926, came exactly eight years after the first death to occur in what would become known as the “Houdini house.”

early 1920s, during a brief movie career in which he starred in a handful of Hollywood films. A key scene in one of those films, “The Grim Game,” was reportedly shot at the top of Lookout Mountain, near where the Lookout Inn then stood.

On October 31, 1959, precisely thirty-three years after Houdini’s death, and forty-one years after the unnamed party guest’s death, the distinctive mansion on the corner of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Willow Glen Road burned to the ground in a fire of mysterious origin (the ruins of the estate remain today, undisturbed for nearly fifty years).

On October 31, 1981, exactly twenty-two years after the fire across the road, the legendary Log Cabin on the other side of Laurel Canyon Boulevard also burned to the ground, in yet another fire of mysterious origin (some reports speculated that it was a drug lab explosion).

And twenty-five years after that, on October 31, 2006, The Secret Life of Houdini was published, challenging the conventional wisdom on Houdini’s death.

the book revealed for the first time: Harry Houdini was a spook working for both the U.S. Secret Service and Scotland Yard. And his traveling escape act, as it turns out, was pretty much a cover for intelligence activities.

compellingly document that Houdini was, in fact, an intelligence asset who used his magic act as a cover. Not only did the authors obtain corroborating documentation from Scotland Yard, they also received an endorsement of their claim from no less an authority than John McLaughlin, former Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

of the eight celebrity residents of Laurel Canyon listed on the Laurel Canyon Association website, at least two (Novarro and Houdini), and possibly as many as four, were murdered.

Lookout Mountain Laboratory was originally envisioned as an air defense center. Built in 1941 and nestled in two-and-a-half secluded acres off what is now Wonderland Park Avenue, the installation was hidden from view and surrounded by an electrified fence. By 1947, the facility featured a fully operational movie studio. In fact, it is claimed that it was perhaps the world’s only completely self-contained movie studio. With 100,000 square feet of floor space, the covert studio included sound stages, screening rooms, film processing labs, editing facilities, an animation department, and seventeen climate-controlled film vaults. It also had underground parking, a helicopter pad and a bomb shelter.

the studio produced some 19,000 classified motion pictures

the facility was run by the U.S. Air Force

process AEC footage of atomic and nuclear bomb tests.

indications that Lookout Mountain Laboratory had an advanced research and development department that was on the cutting edge of new film technologies

3-D effects were apparently first developed at the Laurel Canyon site

Hollywood luminaries like John Ford, Jimmy Stewart, Howard Hawks, Ronald Reagan, Bing Crosby, Walt Disney and Marilyn Monroe were given clearance to work at the facility on undisclosed projects.

The facility retained as many as 250 producers, directors, technicians, editors, animators, etc., both civilian and military, all with top security clearances – and all reporting to work in a secluded corner of Laurel Canyon.

the secret bunker had been up and running for more than twenty years before Laurel Canyon’s rebellious teen years, and it remained operational for the most turbulent of those years

The existence of the facility remained unknown to the general public until the early 1990s

In the 1950s, as Barney Hoskyns has written in Hotel California, Laurel Canyon was home to all “the hippest young actors,”

Marlon Brando, James Dean, James Coburn and Dennis Hopper.

Natalie Wood. In fact, Natalie lived in the very home that Cass Elliot would later turn into a Laurel Canyon party house

Sal Mineo, lived at the mouth of the canyon

Nick Adams, lived just a mile or so away (as the crow flies) in neighboring Coldwater Canyon.

With the exception of Hopper, all of their lives were tragically cut short, proving once again that Laurel Canyon can be a very dangerous place to live.


James Dean, who ostensibly died in a near head-on collision on September 30, 1955, at the tender age of twenty-four

Nick Adams died on February 6, 1968, at the age of thirty-six, in his home at 2126 El Roble Lane in Coldwater Canyon. His official cause of death was listed as suicide, of course, but as actor Forrest Tucker has noted, “All of Hollywood knows Nick Adams was knocked off.”

Sal Mineo, whose murder on February 12, 1976 we have already covered.

Natalie Wood, who died on November 29, 1981 in a drowning incident that has never been adequately explained

famous former residents of the canyon also includes the names of W.C. Fields, Mary Astor, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Errol Flynn, Orson Welles, and Robert Mitchum

Robert Mitchum, who was infamously arrested on marijuana charges in 1948 at 8334 Ridpath Drive, the same street that would later be home to rockers Roger McGuinn, Don Henley and Glen Frey, as well as to Paul Rothchild, producer of both The Doors and Love. Mitchum’s arrest, by the way, appears to have been a thoroughly staged affair that cemented his ‘Hollywood bad boy’ image and gave his career quite a boost, but I guess that’s not really relevant here.

science-fiction writer Robert Heinlein, who reportedly resided at 8775 Lookout Mountain Avenue. Like so many other characters in this story, Heinlein was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and he had served as a naval officer. After that, he embarked on a successful writing career. And despite the fact that he was, by any objective measure, a rabid right-winger, his work was warmly embraced by the Flower Power generation.

Heinlein’s best-known work is the novel Stranger in a Strange Land, which many in the Laurel Canyon scene found to be hugely influential. Ed Sanders has written, in The Family, that the book “helped provide a theoretical basis for Manson’s family.” Charlie frequently used Strange Land terminology when addressing his flock and he named his first Family-born son Valentine Michael Manson, in honor of the book’s lead character.

David Crosby was a big Heinlein fan as well. In his autobiography, he references Heinlein on more than one occasion, and proclaims that, “In a society where people can go armed, it makes everybody a little more polite, as Robert A. Heinlein says in his books.

Frank Zappa was also a member of the Robert Heinlein fan club. Barry Miles notes in his biography of the rock icon that his home contained “a copy of Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince and other essential sixties reading, including Robert Heinlein’s sci-fi classic, Stranger in a Strange Land, from which Zappa borrowed the word ‘discorporate’ for [the song] ‘Absolutely Free.’”

Laurel Canyon era that we are primarily concerned with, the wild and wooly 1960s, which we will take a closer look at in the next chapter of this saga.

We have learned that murder and random acts of violence have been a part of the culture of the canyon since the earliest days of its development.

Spooks posing as entertainers have likewise been a part of the canyon scene since the earliest days

spooks who didn’t even bother to pose as entertainers were streaming into the canyon to report to work at Lookout Mountain Laboratory for at least twenty years before the first rock star set foot there.

we are supposed to believe that all of these musical icons just sort of spontaneously came together in Laurel Canyon (one finds the words “serendipitous” sprinkled freely throughout the literature). But how many peculiar coincidences do we have to overlook in order to believe that this was just a chance gathering?

(Jim Morrison) find yourself fronting a band that is on the verge of taking the country by storm. Just a mile or so down Laurel Canyon Boulevard from you lives another guy who also recently arrived in Laurel Canyon, and who also happens to front a band on the verge of stardom.

(David Crosby) He happens to be married to a girl that you attended kindergarten with, and her dad, like yours, was involved in atomic weapons research and testing (Admiral George Morrison for a time did classified work at White Sands). Her husband’s dad, meanwhile, is involved in another type of WMD research: chemical warfare.

almost all of you hail from (or spent a substantial portion of your childhood in) the Washington, D.C. area

now find yourselves on the opposite side of the country, in an isolated canyon high above the city of Los Angeles, where you are all clustered around a secret military installation.

background in research on atomic weapons, your father is probably familiar to some extent with the existence and operations of Lookout Mountain Laboratory, as is the father of your kindergarten friend, and probably the fathers of a few other Laurel Canyon figures as well.

what do you suppose the odds are that all of that just came together purely by chance?

Jim Morrison, who lived in a house behind and to the south of the Canyon Store, was one of the many rocks stars who made Laurel Canyon their home in the 60's and 70's.

vito paulekas

“Vito and his Freakers were an acid-drenched extended family of brain-damaged cohabitants.” And that, in an incredibly self-indulgent 489-page tome, is the only mention you will find of “Vito and his Freakers” – despite the fact that, by just about all other accounts, the group dismissed as “brain-damaged cohabitants” played a key role in the early success of Crosby’s band. And the early success of Arthur Lee’s band. And the early success of Frank Zappa’s band. And the early success of Jim Morrison’s band. But especially in the early success of David Crosby’s band.

Rock’n Roll Era

In a counterpoint to all this modernism and development, the rustic style of turn-of-the-century Laurel Canyon was rediscovered by musicians during the 60’s and 70’s. Laurel Canyon was second only to Haight-Ashbury as a Mecca for Hippies. This is “where Joni Mitchell was living when she wrote "Ladies Of The Canyons" and "Clouds"; and, Graham Nash wrote "Our House" when he was living here with her. Frank Zappa's infamous home during the sixties was located on the NW corner of Lookout Mountain and Laurel Canyon, where now is a vacant lot. He eventually moved because every nut in town knew where he lived.” Other rock stars included Jim Morrison, John Mayall, Carole King, The Mamas and The Papas, Dusty Springfield, Brian Wilson, and many others. The 2001 film Laurel Canyon is an homage to this legacy.

Carole King, Brian Wilson, Dusty Springfield, John Mayall, Joni Mitchell and Frank Zappa are just a few of the musicians who made Laurel Canyon famous in the 60’s and 70’s.

Laurel Canyon was the physical focal point of the blues-inspired Psychedlic rock movement, and Frank Zappa's rented cabin at Lookout Mountain and Laurel Canyon Boulevard was the center of Laurel Canyon's crazed rock scene. The people who made appearances at the lower cabin that was home to silent film star, Tom Mix, and at the upper Tree House that was designed by famed architect Rober Byrd in the 1920's included, John Mayall, the famed GTO's (Girls Together Outrageously), the "Plaster Casters", Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Love, Janis Joplin, James Taylor, Mick Jagger, Mary-Ann Faithful, Jeff Beck and many others.

"It was also durng this period that frequent cabin-guest Jimi Hendrix briefly resided in the Errol Flynn mansion to the north of the property. The mansion was once a home for "wayward women" and was also occupied in earlier years by notables ranging from Bugsy Siegel to W.C. Fields. The mansion is currently owned by Rick Rubin, co-founder of Def Jam Records and produccer of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, The Black Crowes and numerous others." - Mike Slarve Management.

Jim Morrison's house, which was recently remodeled, is next door to the Canyon Cleaners and behind the Country Store.

Of course, with music came drugs. The LAPD's narcotics unit had targeted Laurel Canyon as a special enforcement area, but not before the infamous murders of four drug dealers in 1981 on Wonderland Avenue, just a few houses away from then Governor Jerry Brown's home. The porn star, John Holmes, aka Johnny Wadd, was implicated at first, but then a Palestinian immigrant named Eddie Nash who owned the Kit Kat Club strip joint was arrested and later acquitted. The film Boogie Nights was loosely based on Holmes' life, but the 2003 film Wonderland is based on this shocking event. Holmes later died of complications from AIDS.

The porn star John Holmes testifying at the trial for the brutal murder of four petty criminals on Wonderland Avenue in 1981. LA Times.

Nevertheless, this funky, Rock’nRoll character lives on in the people one sees at the Canyon Store – then and now, “the place where the creatures meet.”

To get at the nexus of the "Hippie Generation" one must address the principals:

The place the Laurel Canyon "Log Cabin" "crash pad", "Ringmaster" Frank Zappa, "Vito Paulekas -  Carl Franzoni and their Freakers"  and later "Ringmaster" Charles Manson and his "Family"...

Also note that there are VERY FEW PHOTOS of the LOG CABIN available....

So let skip over to Part 6....

But first some supporting doc and photos:

Photos by Peter Mackay - Laurel Canyon 2000-2003

Frank Zappa and his extended family lived in the famed Log Cabin in Laurel Canyon, Hollywood, from May to September 1968 after returning from the 6-month Garrick run in NYC. The building was built in the early 1900's by silent movie cowboy star Tom Mix who reputedly entertained Wyatt Earp there after the latter had moved to California. Before Zappa took over the place for $700/month it was occupied by (Mothers Auxiliary) Carl Franzoni's commune, renting from an African-American widow who owned it.

The Log Cabin was destroyed in a (reputedly drug related) fire around 1970 long after FZ had moved elsewhere in Laurel Canyon, leaving only the basement and a few other structures to be seen. On the adjacent hillside one can still see an artificial grotto inhabited in Zappa's days by members of the GTO's, an all-girl group produced by FZ which included the later Pamela Des Barres. Both this band and the Mothers themselves used to practice in the basement seen in the pictures below. The old-time picture of the Log Cabin reproduced below is the only one I have ever seen of the intact building. The property was sold for $1.5 million in 2003 and the basement was filled in as shown below.

Carl Orestes Franzoni
- Former Breast Pump Salesman
- Franzoni had met Frank Zappa at Ben Frank's coffee shop on the Sunset Strip and told him they were being evicted from the Log Cabin, and suggested Frank take it over for $700 a month.

Vito Paulekas (w/son Godot)
-Sculptor & first leader of dance troupe

Oh well let's move on....

Part 6

Vito operated “the first crash pad in LA, an open house to countless runaways where everyone was welcome for a night, particularly young women.

mid 1960s, the group had expanded into a second communal location in addition to the basement studio at 303 Laurel Avenue: the ubiquitous Log Cabin.

architect Robert Byrd and his son built a new guesthouse (aka ‘the treehouse’) on the property in the early 1960s, and “The following year, a communal family of weirdos moved into the cabin and treehouse, centered around two underground hipsters named Vito Paulekas and Carl Franzoni, organizers of freeform dance troupes at clubs along the Sunset Strip.”

1967, the dancers were splitting “their rent with staff from the hippie publication The Oracle. Retired journalist John Bilby recalls at least 36 people living and partying at the Log Cabin and treehouse, including the band Fraternity of Man. ‘Tim Leary was definitely there, George Harrison and Ravi Shankar were there,’ Bilby says.”

the Fraternity of Man were best known for the novelty song, “Don’t Bogart Me,”

Tim Leary was best known for being a painfully obvious CIA asset

The Oracle was a San Francisco-based publication with intelligence ties that specialized in pitching psychedelic occultism to impressionable youth.

Franzoni’s commune ended in May 1968,” as that was when The Oracle moved out and our old friend Frank Zappa moved in.

The lead Mother “had visited Karl at the log cabin on a previous trip and realized it was perfect for his needs.”

Frank, since he was already living in the canyon at the home of Pamela Zarubica (aka Suzy Creamcheese) at 8404 Kirkwood Drive, where Zappa had met his new wife, Gail, and where Gail’s old kindergarten pal, James Douglas Morrison, was known to occasionally pass the time. Ms. Zarubica/Creamcheese was yet another member of Vito’s dance troupe.

Frank Zappa took over as ringmaster, to be sure, but Franzoni and all his cohorts stayed on.

the Freak dancers became so closely associated with the Mothers of Invention that “they got dubbed as ‘the Mothers Auxiliary’

angelic hippie child that the readers of Life magazine met in 1966, and who we now must sadly add to the Laurel Canyon Death List. For young Godot Paulekas, you see, never made it past the age of three (by most accounts). The specifics of the tragedy are all but impossible to determine, unfortunately, as there is little agreement in the various accounts of the event. Left unclear is exactly how the child died, when the tragedy occurred, and what age the boy was.

“Vito and Szou’s three-year-old son Godo had fallen through a trapdoor on the roof of the building and died.”

“two or three” year old Godot “fall[ing] to his death from a scaffold at the studio.”

“a 5-year-old boy” who died when he “fell through a skylight.”

Godot, fell through a skylight during a wacky photo session on the roof and died at age three-and-a-half.” 

“[Vito] got married, had a baby, gave it acid, and it fell off the roof and died.”

“Godo” Paulekas, he inserted the following caption: “Died age 2 – victim of medical malpractice.”

Vito and Szou insisted on continuing our plans for the evening. We went out dancing, and when people asked where little Godot was, Vito said, ‘He died today.’ It was weird, really weird.”

Godo Paulekas. Born on December 1, 1963, Godo died on December 23, 1966, having just made it past his third birthday. December 23 was, curiously enough, the winter solstice (or very close to it). And it wasn’t just any winter solstice, mind you, but specifically the first winter solstice in the Age of Satan (as declared by Kenneth Anger’s buddy, Anton LaVey, on April 30, 1966). The date of his death also means that young Godo died less than 48 hours before Christmas morning, and yet his parents still thought it a good time to go out dancing.

Vito and Sueanne divorced in Northern California in March of 1975. Before doing so, they produced several more children, each given increasingly ridiculous names. Gruvi Nipples Paulekas was born on June 23, 1967, exactly six months after Godo’s death and, therefore, very near the summer solstice. Bp Paulekas was born on December 29, 1969, just days after the third anniversary of Godo’s death. Bizarrely enough, Sky Paulekas was born on December 1, 1971, on what would have been Godo’s eighth birthday. Last but certainly not least, Phreekus Mageekus Paulekas was born on January 28, 1974, a little over a year before Vito and Sueanne divorced. According to one report, Gruvi has joined Godo in the great beyond, a victim of her voracious appetite for drugs and alcohol.

“[Kenneth Anger’s] first candidate to play Lucifer, a 5-year-old boy whose hippie parents had been fixtures on the Los Angeles counterculture scene, fell through a skylight to his death. By 1967, Anger had relocated to San Francisco and was searching for a new Lucifer.” As many readers may be aware, he soon found his new Lucifer in the form of Mansonite and former Grass Roots guitarist Bobby “Cupid” Beausoleil.

so it was that the soon-to-be convicted murderer replaced the cherubic hippie child as the face of Lucifer.

Kenneth Anger was at one time investigated by the police on suspicion that he had been producing snuff flicks

Vito Deported Late 1968..

Haiti that Vito appears to have fled to, and then to Jamaica (which at the time had no extradition treaty with the United States), accompanied by his wife Szou and their new baby daughter Groovee Nipple (or possibly Gruvi Nipple; does anyone really care which is the proper spelling?

1968, Carl Franzoni, meanwhile, became embroiled in some unspecified legal troubles of his own and went into hiding, resurfacing in Canada by some reports

Frank Zappa moved on to yet another location in Laurel Canyon, a high-security home on Woodrow Wilson Drive.

Late 1968, the Manson Family came calling at the Log Cabin: “One former Manson family associate claims that a group of four to six family members lived on Laurel Canyon Boulevard in the log cabin house once owned by cowboy-actor Tom Mix.

Manson also came calling at the Vito Clay studio on Laurel Avenue: “Applebaum took over Vito’s place when Vito vacated at Beverly and Laurel. So he inherited all the people that came after that … he was the beginning of the Manson clan. Manson came there because he had heard about Vito but Vito was gone.

Charles Manson was little more than a younger version of Vito Paulekas.

David Crosby had “taken to wearing an Oscar Wilde/Frank Lloyd Wright-ish cape wherever he went.”

The Process launched a major recruiting drive in the United States. They were in Los Angeles in May and June of 1968 and for at least several months in the fall of 1969.” The Processians, it should be noted, were instantly recognizable on the streets of LA due to the fact that they had a curious habit of donning black capes wherever they went.

“Vito was just like Frank, he never got high either. They were both ringmasters who always wanted to be in control.”

“Zappa children watched porn with their parents and were encouraged in their own sexuality as soon as they reached puberty.

Gail insisted they shower with their overnight guests in order to conserve water.”

early 1970s, Vito Paulekas had resurfaced up north in Cotati, California, with Carl Franzoni once again at his side

Szou eventually split from Vito and went to work for an attorney, leaving the hippie life (and hopefully the “Z” in her name) behind.

Franzoni, meanwhile, turned up now and then on that early version of America’s Got Talent known as The Gong Show (apparently as one of the ‘Worm Dancers’).

Chuck Barris, who famously claimed that during the days when he appeared to be working as a mild-mannered game show producer, he was actually on the payroll of the CIA,

“Chucky Baby” was at one time a resident of – guess where? – Laurel Canyon (though I have not been able to confirm that).

Log Cabin - Eric Burden of the Animals moved in after Zappa vacated and the property continued to be communally occupied.

Log Cabin - remained something of a commune throughout the 1970s, quite possibly right up until the time that it burned to the ground on October 31, 1981

Log Cabin - Who paid the rent is anybody’s guess – as is why such a prestigious property seems to have been made available for dirt cheap to pretty much any “communal family of weirdos” who wanted to move in.

Now let's move back to Part 5 and finish up with Vito:

Part 5

Vito and his Freakers were an acid-drenched extended family of brain-damaged cohabitants.” And that, in an incredibly self-indulgent 489-page tome, is the only mention you will find of “Vito and his Freakers” – despite the fact that, by just about all other accounts, the group dismissed as “brain-damaged cohabitants” played a key role in the early success of Crosby’s band. And the early success of Arthur Lee’s band. And the early success of Frank Zappa’s band. And the early success of Jim Morrison’s band. But especially in the early success of David Crosby’s band.

Sunset Strip clubs when The Byrds played: “We had them all. We had Jack Nicholson dancing, we had Peter Fonda dancing with Odetta, we had Vito and his Freakers.”

“The Byrds were closely associated with Vito and the Freaks: Vito Paulekas, his wife Zsou and Karl Franzoni, the leaders of a group of about 35 dancers whose antics enlivened the Byrds early gigs.”

In Waiting for the Sun, Barney Hoskyns writes that the early success of The Byrds and other bands was due in no small part to “the roving troupe of self-styled ‘freaks’ led by ancient beatnik Vito Paulekas and his trusty, lusty sidekick Carl Franzoni.”

Alban “Snoopy” Pfisterer, former drummer and keyboardist for the band Love, went further still, claiming that Vito actually “got the Byrds together, as I remember – they did a lot of rehearsing at his pad.”

The Byrds did indeed utilize Vito’s ‘pad’ as a rehearsal studio, as did Arthur Lee’s band

the Freaks drew the crowds into the clubs to see the fledgling bands perform.

“The first hippies in Hollywood, perhaps the first hippies anywhere, were Vito, his wife Zsou, Captain f**k and their group of about thirty-five dancers. Calling themselves Freaks, they lived a semi-communal life and engaged in sex orgies and free-form dancing whenever they could.”

they “started the whole hippie thing: Vito, Karl, Szou, Beatle Bob, Bryan and me.”

They were let in for free, because they were these quintessential hippies, which was great for tourists.”

Vito Paulekas, whose full name is said to have been Vitautus Alphonsus Paulekas. Born the son of a Lithuanian sausage-maker circa 1912, Vito hailed from Lowell, Massachusetts. From a young age, he developed a habit of running afoul of the law.

In 1938, he was convicted of armed robbery and handed a 25-year sentence

1942, however, just four years later, he had been released into the custody, so to speak, of the US Merchant Marine

1946, Vito arrived in Los Angeles.

by the early 1960s, Vito was ensconced in an unassuming building at the corner of Laurel Avenue and Beverly Boulevard, just below the mouth of Laurel Canyon (and very near Jay Sebring’s hair salon).

his young wife Szou’s clothing boutique, which has been credited by some of those making the scene in those days with being the very first to introduce ‘hippie’ fashions

“Vito Clay” studio, where, according to Miles and various others, Paulekas “made a living of sorts by giving clay modeling lessons to Beverly Hills matrons who found the atmosphere in his studio exciting.”

Vito’s reportedly insatiable sexual appetite and John Holmesian physique.

Vito’s students also apparently included such Hollywood luminaries as Jonathon Winters, Mickey Rooney and Steve Allen.

Carl Orestes Franzoni, he has claimed in interviews that his “mother was a countess” and his father “was a stone carver from Rutland, Vermont. The family was brought from Italy, from the quarries in the northern part of Italy, to cut the stone for the monuments of the United States.”

went into business with some shady Sicilian characters selling mail-order breast and penis pumps out of an address on LA’s fabled Melrose Avenue.

Franzoni remembered it, his business “partner’s name was Scallacci, Joe Scallacci – the same name as the famous murderer Scallacci. Probably from the same family.”

Franzoni, born circa 1934, hooked up with the older Paulekas sometime around 1963 and soon after became his constant sidekick

Carl Franzoni, there were indeed a couple of brothers named Franzoni who were brought over from Italy in the early 1800s to carve the Masonic monuments of Washington. According to Ihna Thayer Frary’s book, They Built the Capitol, Guiseppe Franzoni (and his brother Carlo) “had especially good family connections in Italy, he being a nephew of Cardinal Franzoni and son of the President of the Academy of Fine Arts at Carrara.” Also shipped over were Francisco Iardella, a cousin of the Franzoni brothers, and Giovanni Andrei, a brother-in-law of Guiseppe Franzoni. Thus far, I have been unable to verify that Carl Franzoni is in fact descended from these men, but it seems quite likely given that Carl would probably not be aware of such an obscure chapter of American history were it not for a family connection.

Vito’s wife Szou, an ex-cheerleader who had hooked up with Paulekas when she was just sixteen and he was already in his fifties.

young Rory Flynn (Errol Flynn’s statuesque daughter),

Ricky Applebaum who had half a moustache on one side of his face and half a beard on the other,

young girls who would later become part of Frank Zappa’s GTO project,

other oddball characters who donned ridiculous pseudonyms like Linda Bopp, Butchie, Beatle Bob, Emerald, and Karen Yum Yum.

young Gail Sloatman (the future Mrs. Zappa, for those who have already forgotten)

a curious character on the LA music scene by the name of Kim Fowley. The two were, for a time, closely allied, and even cut a record together as “Bunny and the Bear” that Fowley produced (“America’s Sweethearts”). In 1966, Fowley produced a record for Vito as well, billed as “Vito and the Hands.” The 7” single, “Where It’s At,” which featured the musicianship of some of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention, came no closer to entering the charts than did Fowley and Sloatman’s effort

Fowley, as with so many other characters in this story, has a rather interesting history. He was born in 1939, the son of actor Douglas Fowley, a WWII Navy veteran and attendee of St. Francis Xavier Military Academy.

He grew up in upscale Malibu, California

his later employment as a young male street hustler, a profession that he practiced on the seedy streets of the city of angels (by Fowley’s own account, I should probably add here, just as it was James Dean himself who claimed to have worked those same streets with Nick Adams).

Fowley spent some time serving with the Army National Guard

after which he devoted his life to working in the LA music industry as a musician, writer and producer – as well as, according to some accounts, a master manipulator.

Around 1957, Fowley played in a band known as the Sleepwalkers, alongside future Beach Boy Bruce Johnston.

Fowley was best known for producing such ridiculous yet beloved novelty songs as the Hollywood Argyles’ “Alley Oop” and the Rivington’s “Papa Oom-Mow-Mow,”

collaborating on some Byrds’ tracks

his original songs covered by both the Beach Boys and the Flying Burrito Brothers.

In 1975, Fowley had perhaps his greatest success when he created the Runaways, further lowering the bar that Frank Zappa had already set rather low some years earlier when he had created and recorded the GTOs. The Runaways featured underage versions of Joan Jett and Lita Ford, whom Fowley tastefully attired in leather and lingerie. As he would later boast, “Everyone loved the idea of 16-year-old girls playing guitars and singing about f**king.” Especially, I would imagine, their mothers and fathers. Some of the young girls in the band, including Cherie Curry, would later accuse Fowley of requiring them to perform sexual services for he and his associates as a prerequisite for membership in the group.

he received a guest vocalist credit on the Mothers of Invention album “Freak Out,” as did both Vito Paulekas and his sidekick, Carl Franzoni, to whom the song “Hungry Freaks, Daddy” was dedicated (some sources claim that Bobby Beausoleil also provided guest vocals on Zappa’s debut album, though his name does not appear in the album’s credits).

1962, not long before Carl Franzoni joined the group, the Freak troupe was already hitting the clubs a couple nights each week to refine their unique style of dance (perhaps best described as an epileptic seizure set to music) and show off their distinctively unappealing, though soon to be quite popular, fashion sense

Franzoni has said, “There were no white bands [in LA] yet,” and “There were no clubs on Sunset Boulevard.”

by magic, new clubs began to spring up along the legendary Sunset Strip beginning around 1964

old clubs considered to be long past their prime miraculously reemerged

January 1964, a young Chicago vice cop named Elmer Valentine opened the doors to the now world-famous Whisky-A-Go-Go nightclub

year later, in spring of 1965, he opened a second soon-to-be-wildly-popular club, The Trip

end of 1964, the legendary Ciro’s nightclub began undergoing extensive renovations. Opened in 1940 by Billy Wilkerson, an associate of Bugsy Siegel, the upscale club had flourished for the first twenty years of its existence, with a clientele that regularly included Hollywood royalty and organized crime figures

Ciro’s reopened in early 1965, just before The Trip opened its doors and just in time, as it turns out, to host the very first club appearance by the musical act that was about to become the first Laurel Canyon band to commit a song to vinyl: The Byrds.

Smaller clubs like the London Fog, where The Doors got their first booking as the house band in early 1966, opened their doors to the public in the mid 1960s as well.

The paint was barely dry on the walls of the new clubs when bands like Love and The Doors and The Byrds and Buffalo Springfield and the Turtles and the Mothers and the Lovin’ Spoonful came knocking.

the band members themselves didn’t actually play on their records (at least not in the early days),

the rich vocal harmonies that were a trademark of the ‘Laurel Canyon sound’ were created in the studio with a good deal of multi-tracking and overdubs. On stage, it was another matter entirely.

Vito and Carl’s dancers were a fixture on the Sunset Strip scene from the very moment that the new clubs opened their doors to the public, and they were, by all accounts, treated like royalty by the club owners. As John Hartmann, proprietor of the Kaleidoscope Club, acknowledged, he “would let Vito and his dancers into the Kaleidoscope free every week because they attracted people. They were really hippies, and so we had to have them. They got in free pretty much everywhere they went. They blessed your joint. They validated you. If they’re the essence of hippiedom and you’re trying to be a hippie nightclub, you need hippies.”

Kim Fowley put it, with characteristic bluntness, “A band didn’t have to be good, as long as the dancers were there.”

Gail Zappa candidly admitted that, even at her husband’s shows, the real attraction was not on the stage: “The customers came to see the freaks dance. Nobody ever talks about that, but that was the case.”

Frank added that, “As soon as they arrived they would make things happen, because they were dancing in a way nobody had seen before, screaming and yelling out on the floor and doing all kinds of weird things. They were dressed in a way that nobody could believe, and they gave life to everything that was going on.”

Vito and Carl seem to have become minor media darlings over the course of the 1960s and into the 1970s. The two can be seen, separately and together, in a string of cheap exploitation films, including Mondo Bizarro from 1966, Something’s Happening (aka The Hippie Revolt) from 1967, the notorious Mondo Hollywood, also released in 1967, and You Are What You Eat, with David Crosby, Frank Zappa and Tiny Tim, which hit theaters in 1968. In 1972, Vito made his acting debut in a non-documentary film, The White Horse Gang.

I've been thinking about how I could weave some of my own stories in with this thread but I think I need to start a new one , maybe "Bay Area MK-Ultra Hippie Stories" or something like that. Way back when I was thinking about someday putting out a folio of my photo's and journal. The short of it is that around 1985 all my photos/negatives and my journals were destroyed or stolen.  I didn't stop taking pictures but the really golden early fun/work was gone.  I do plan to follow up in this thread with the "SF music scene Grateful Dead/LSD" connections with Laurel Canyon and there are a few.

Some interesting things about the SF Bay Area:
During the 60's:  Presidio, Alameda Naval Air, Oakland Transport Depot, Concord Naval Weapons (Where the Nu-es were stored), Monterey Intellegence training school, UC Berkeley-Laurence Livermore Labs, Travis Air Force Base, Hunters Point Naval Station, Dow Chemical (agent orange/Napalm), Hamilton Field Air Force Base (Novato), Mare Island Naval Shipyard (Subs) (Vallejo), Church of Satan, Home of Jim Jones Church,  Home of the Zodiac Killer, SRI - Stanford Research Institute, Home of the "Moonies", Home of the Grateful Dead and farm commune, Home of the Ken Kesey's - Acid Tests (PaloAlto-Stanford), Bohemian Grove, Home of the Hell's Angel's (Sonny Barger), spiritual home of Charlie Manson and so much more...

No nothing going on around here, just move along now....

In 1990, the San Francisco Bay Area was home to several large U.S. military facilities.
By 2000, they were all gone.

These are scenes from the Bay Area's recently-abandoned, Cold War-era bases: Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard (San Francisco), Treasure Island Naval Station (San Francisco), Alameda Naval Air Station (Alameda), the SF-88 Nike Missile Site (Marin Headlands), Hamilton Field Air Force Base (Novato), Mare Island Naval Shipyard (Vallejo), Naval Security Group Activity base (Skaggs Island), and portions of Moffett Field Federal Airfield (Mountain View).

As to Zappa,  McGowan says "why did Frank Zappa never pen a song exploring the horrors of chemical warfare ?"
I couldn't find anywhere he states that Zappa "supported the war in Vietnam".

Needless to say if you search the web blogs you will find many inaccuracies noted and there is some exaggerations made. One I saw was that The Doors really all had been in previous bands. But it is a fact that there first live shows, like the byrds were bad and that the first albums put out all had studio players. That changed later.

Francis Zappa (father) was, in case you were wondering, a chemical warfare specialist assigned to – where else? – the Edgewood Arsenal. Edgewood is, of course, the longtime home of America’s chemical warfare program, as well as a facility frequently cited as being deeply enmeshed in MK-ULTRA operations.

Zappa (born, curiously enough, on the Winter Solstice of 1940) never really made a secret of the fact that he had nothing but contempt for the ‘hippie’ culture that he helped create and that he surrounded himself with.

Zappa as the perfect ringmaster, he didn't do drugs, while those all around him were losing their minds.

And I might also add he never considered himself to be a "hippie", take a look at this article penned by him:

There are many problems with the piece, I am sure. One problem is that some of the history is itself "legendary".

Right. What "numerous accounts" or "any account"? That's the reason I left it out of the abstract. One might say he was a "control freak" over "Hippies" but that about it, unless these "numerous accounts" come forward.


"Given that Zappa was, by numerous accounts, a rigidly authoritarian control-freak and a supporter of U.S. military actions in Southeast Asia, it is perhaps not surprising that he would not feel a kinship with the youth movement that he helped nurture. "

Welcome to Laurel Canyon pt. 1

Laurel Canyon Association

I was wondering,  have any of these musicians has ever commented on this subject?

WE are all STILL too GOBSMACKED to ask any of them !

Not that I am aware of. They seem never to be asked and or they are dead already or they change the subject.

Murray Von Hayek - Here is some recent research I have done/found....

This is an excerpt from the December 2007 issue of Vanity Fair

The Book Black Dahlia Avenger written in 2003 by Steven Hodel ( you should read it if you have not) goes into a little bit more by quoting from Phillips' book California Dreaming which I am sure you have read. The book also states that Tamar Hodel said John Huston would film orgies with her and her father's friends...hmmm sounds like a few directors we know of later on. There is so much stuff in this article it is insane. The Sue Lyon connection is interesting as well since she would go on to star in a John Huston film playing almost the exact same role as Lolita in Night of the Iguana. Loita of course being written by the CIA asset Nabakov and John Huston had played a pervert/ pedo in Myra Brekenridge and Chinatown with Faye Dunaway who's dad was a career army non-commisioned officer directed by perv/pedo Polanski and starring perv/pedo Nicholson who dated Phillips.

I ran into Jessica Hundley one night, the lady who wrote the book Grievous Angel and I gave her printed copies of the Laurel Canyon articles. Music people don't really know that much about politics and know even less about World History. And most of all they don't like seeing their idols put in any other light than that they have learned to know them to be. She said she is currently writing a book on Dennis Hopper. That should be a doozy.

The Black Dahlia Heritage

Tamar Hodel was one of six children—by three different women—of the most pathologically decadent man in Los Angeles: Dr. George Hodel, the city’s venereal-disease czar and a fixture in its A-list demimonde. She’d grown up in her father’s Hollywood house, which resembled a Mayan temple, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son, and was the site of wild parties, in which Hodel was sometimes joined by director John Huston and photographer Man Ray.

George Hodel shared with Man Ray a love for the work of the Marquis de Sade and the belief that the pursuit of personal liberty was worth everything—possibly even, for Hodel, gratuitous murder. What has recently come to light, by way of two startling investigative books (2003’s Black Dahlia Avenger, by Hodel’s ex–L.A.P.D. homicide-detective son, Steve Hodel, and—building upon it—Exquisite Corpse, 2006, by art writers Mark Nelson and Sarah Hudson Bayliss), is that George Hodel was a prime suspect in the notorious Black Dahlia murder. (According to Black Dahlia Avenger, Hodel was the killer, and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office conducted extensive surveillance of him. There were numerous arrests, but no one was ever charged with the murder.) A striking, graphic array of evidence in the two books strongly suggests that it was Hodel who, on January 15, 1947, killed actress Elizabeth Short, then surgically cut her in two and
transported the halved, nude, exsanguinated corpse—the internal organs kept painstakingly intact—to a vacant lot, where he laid the pieces out as if in imitation of certain Surrealist artworks by Man Ray.

Without knowing any of this, 13-year-old Michelle Gilliam walked through Tamar Hodel’s porch into a room decorated all in lavender and beheld a sultry Kim Novak look-alike. “Tamar was the epitome of glamour,” Michelle recalls. “She was someone who never got out of bed until two p.m., and she looked it. It was late afternoon, and she was dressed in a beautiful lavender suit with her hair in a beehive. I took one look and said, New best friend!” With Tamar was her cocoa-skinned daughter, Debbie, five; folksinger Stan Wilson, an African-American, was Tamar’s current husband. (She’d married her first—who was also black—at 16, in 1951.) “Tamar was so exotic! She was instantly my idol.”

Tamar’s sophistication had a grotesque basis. In her father’s home—where she had often “uncomfortably” posed nude, she recalls, for “dirty-old-man” Man Ray and had once wriggled free from a predatory John Huston—George Hodel had committed incest with her. “When I was 11, my father taught me to perform oral sex on him. I was terrified, I was gagging, and I was embarrassed that I had ‘failed’ him,” Tamar says, telling her version of her long-misreported adolescence. George plied her with erotic books, grooming her for what he touted as their transcendent union. (Tamar says that she told her mother what George had done, and that, when confronted, George denied it.) He had intercourse with Tamar when she was 14. To the girl’s horror, she became pregnant; to her greater horror, she says, “my father wanted me to have his baby.” After a friend took her to get an abortion, an angry George—jealous, Tamar says, of some boys who’d come to see her—struck her on the head with his pistol. Her stepmother, Dorero (who was John Huston’s ex-wife), rushed her into hiding.

George Hodel was arrested, and the tabloid flashbulbs popped during the sensational 1949 incest trial. Hodel’s lawyers, Jerry Geisler and Robert Neeb, painted Tamar as a “troubled” girl who had “fantasies.” Tamar’s treatment by the defense and the press during that time wounds her to this day. George was acquitted.

When Michelle appeared on Tamar’s porch, Tamar saw in her “a gorgeous little Brigitte Bardot” and sensed that she could rewrite her own hideous youth by guiding a protégée through a better one. “Meeting Michelle felt destined, as if we’d known each other in another life,” says Tamar. “I wanted to champion her, because no one had championed me.” Michelle says, “I moved in with Tamar; she ‘adopted’ me right away. Then everything started.”

Tamar took the lower-middle-class bohemian’s daughter and polished her. She bought her the clothes Gil couldn’t afford, enrolled her in modeling school, taught her how to drive her lavender Nash Rambler, and provided her with a fake ID and amphetamines, Michelle says, “so I could make it through a day of eighth grade after staying up all night with her. Tamar introduced me to real music—Bessie Smith and Paul Robeson and Josh White and Leon Bibb. And I, who’d been listening to the Kingston Trio, was just entranced.” To keep Gil from being bent out of shape by the fact that his daughter had been spirited away, Michelle says, “Tamar put on perfect airs around my dad, and when it became necessary she would sleep with him.” One day Tamar’s husband, Stan, made the mistake of crawling into Michelle’s bed. Michelle shoved him out, and Tamar ended the marriage, leaving the two young blonde beauties on their own, with sometimes a third one visiting them, Michelle’s fresh-faced teen-model friend Sue Lyon. “Sue was innocent and naïve, not like us,” Tamar says. Sue’s mother bawled Michelle out for sneaking her daughter a copy of Lolita. Tamar says she had to explain the famous masturbation scene to the sheltered ingénue. (A few years later, Sue was cast in the title role in the 1962 Stanley Kubrick film of the novel—a role Tamar insisted should have been played by Michelle.)

In early 1961, Tamar and her teenage sidekick moved to San Francisco. They painted their apartment lavender, and, like two Holly Golightleys on uppers, they did the town, watching Lenny Bruce and Mort Sahl spew their subversive humor at the hungry i and the Purple Onion. They got to know the cool guys on the scene; Michelle fell for singer Travis Edmonson, of the folk duo Bud and Travis, and Tamar fell for activist comedian Dick Gregory.

Both girls thought that Scott McKenzie (original name: Phil Blondheim), the wavy-haired lead singer in a folk group called the Journeymen, was, as Michelle puts it, “very, very cute.” Tamar won his heart. She took Scott back to the apartment to listen to La Bohème, and, as Michelle remembers it, with a laugh, they never left the bed. 

The Journeymen’s leader, whose name was John Phillips, appeared at the door every night, annoyed to have to yank his tenor out of Tamar’s arms to get him to the club by showtime. A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Phillips was tall and lean and exotically handsome: his mother was Cherokee; his secret actual father (whom he never knew) was Jewish, though he’d been raised thinking that the square-jawed Marine captain his mother had married was his father. From the moment Michelle saw him in the hungry i phone booth—long legs stretched out, ankles propped on his guitar case—she knew two things: one, he was married (“You could tell he was making The Call Home”), and, two, she had to have him. “I fell in love with his talent, his poise, his ability to be leader of the pack.” Michelle “stepped out of a dream,” 

John Phillips would rhapsodize in his 1986 autobiography, Papa John. She was “the quintessential California girl.… She could look innocent, pouty, girlish, aloof, firey.” Michelle says, “John was 25, married with two children, from an East Coast Catholic military family. He had gone to Annapolis, he performed in a suit and tie—he had never met anyone like me!” Her uniqueness in John’s eyes was no small thing, since he was a habitual trend surfer (“a charismatic snake-oil salesman” is how Marshall Brickman puts it). He’d started a doo-wop group when doo-wop was in, then switched to ballads with his group the Smoothies—just in time for American Bandstand’s body-grinding slow-dancers—then jumped on the folk bandwagon. 

To John, Tamar Hodel’s protégée was a fascinating hybrid just over the Zeitgeist’s horizon: a street girl, to be sure (“She would have fit into the Ronettes or the Shangri-Las perfectly,” he’d later say), yet seasoned in high culture and political idealism—and with that angelic face. John used to tell Michelle she was the first flower child he had ever met.

Murray Von Hayek

Ms. Phillps seems to have been within a few degrees of a handful of incestuous puedo/pervs and murderers including her now exposed ( pun intended) former husband whom she defends below in a 2009 vanity fair follow-up. But let's look at some other L.C. related sexual assaults.

Jane Fonda in her 2005 book My Life so Far, states when she was in the 3rd grade...

"It seems there'd be a new nanny every few months...

The Next nanny was young and pretty and had a boyfriend in the army. One afternoon when he was home on leave she brought him in to the bathroom while I was taking a bath. she asked me to get out of the tub and when I did, I remember her turning me around. i felt scared.But I have no memory beyond that. I do not know if he molested me but something bad must have happened around that time, because this is when I began to behave differently and have recurring fantasies iwhich I either watched or participated in sexually disturbing, even violent acts."

Lady Jane Seymour Fonda ( ever looked into their family background talk  about a who's who Standard Oil execs and all) also was Bulimic and Anorexic, which means that a few million women got ripped off 20 years buying her workout videos thinking they were gonna look like her.

Jimi Hendrix was allegedly sexually assaulted when he was a kid. He said nothing more than it was a " MAN IN UNIFORM" who did it. this is in Room full of mirrors by Charles Cross.

Jim Morrison told a close friend that his dad sexually assaulted him a a boy  this is claimed in stephen Davis' bio.

Did you see the one and only interview with Admiral Morrison in the 2009 documentary "people are strange"? 

What is strange is how he died right after and of course after McGowan wrote the articles he decides to give an interview after all this time on jimmy boy? strange.
I want to sit here and write more but I gotta go ..more to come  the article is below.

Michelle Phillips and Friends Speak Out about Mackenzie's Incest Allegations
by Sheila Weller September 25, 2009, 11:31 AM

Two years ago I wrote a lengthy Vanity Fair profile of Michelle Phillips, who, along with her then husband John Phillips, Cass Elliott, and Denny Doherty, jump-started the sybaritic phase of the counterculture with their iconic group, The Mamas and the Papas. What struck me most, and what I tried to convey in the piece, was what a survivor Michelle has been. With pragmatism, wit, and a polished form of street smarts, she made it through the tumultuous years of sex, drugs, and rock-’n’-roll that battered or killed so many of her friends and partners—foremost among them John Phillips, whose destructiveness was too florid even for Keith Richards, who once kicked Phillips out of his house for being too out-of-control.

Incidentally, father-daughter incest played a role in my story. As a young teenager, Michelle’s mentor had been an older girl, Tamar Hodel, who at age 16 had been raped by her father, a prominent (and extraordinarily decadent) doctor. Tamar had become pregnant, had an abortion, and testified at a notorious, headline-making, noir-era-L.A. incest trial; but somehow she, not her father, was the one who ended up being blamed and shamed. In meeting the beautiful young Michelle on the heels of her trauma and disgrace, Tamar had wanted, as I’d put it, “to rewrite her own hideous youth by guiding a protégée to a better one.” It was through Tamar that Michelle met John Phillips.

This week the headline-making news comes from John Phillips’s 49-year old daughter, Mackenzie Phillips (whose mother is Susan Adams Phillips, John’s first wife): in her new memoir and all over TV, she has said she was raped by her father at 19 and went on to have what she has sadly come to consider a “consensual” incestuous relationship with him for 10 years, ending it only when she became pregnant, feared the baby was his, and aborted it. Several times while I was reporting my story—for example, when I spoke to John Phillips’s third wife, the still-fragile Genevieve Waite, about their years of intense drug-taking—I sensed that there were hidden traumas. Still, I couldn’t have imagined this.

I applaud Mackenzie Phillips’s crushingly difficult honesty. Even in our confessional culture, there are a few taboos that never stop shaming the confessor, and incest is one of those few. It is, simply put, a life-ruiner, and it’s amazing that Mackenzie, addictions notwithstanding, survived as productively as she has. But what do the people in her family, and the Mamas and Papas family, think of her revelations? I made some inquiries.

One member of the inner circle of the original Mamas and Papas e-mailed me: “If I could pull John out of his crypt and beat the crap out of him I would. What a tragic, disgusting, and disturbing piece of news.” When I called Tamar Hodel in Hawaii, where she lives, she said, “I believe Mackenzie, and I agree with what she has said on TV: that there is much more incest out there than people are aware of. It’s hidden and it destroys lives. I look at Mackenzie and realize I was fortunate: I was raped only one time by my father.” Tamar recalled seeing Mackenzie in Hawaii a few years ago, when Mackenzie was performing in The Vagina Monologues. “She was onstage, talking about incest, and there was no doubt she was talking about herself.” As someone who was once in a position similar to Mackenzie’s, Tamar demurs only when discussing the immense publicity that has accompanied her revelation (Mackenzie has been on Oprah and the Today show, and her
book, High on Arrival, is the No. 3 bestseller on Amazon). Tamar “went into hiding” after the long-ago incest trial, and she eventually managed to resume her life. But when, years later, her brother Steven Hodel wrote a bestselling book that detailed her ordeal, Tamar says, “I went into traumatic shock.”

When I called Michelle Phillips at her home in L.A. yesterday she was typically forthright. “I’m so embarrassed—and mad,” she said. “At Oprah, at the publisher, and at Mackenzie, who should be on a psychiatrist’s couch, not on TV.” Michelle is not quite ready to concede that her former husband and the father of her daughter, Chynna Phillips, could have committed such heinous acts. “Is this all true? We’ll never know, because she waited until John was dead,” she said, adding that she was worried about how the news will impact other members of the Phillips family. “If you’re going to make these accusations and they don’t hurt anyone living, that’s one thing. But Mackenzie has affected the lives of all her nieces and nephews, who are not going to school today and are staying home sobbing instead. And the book has come out just at the time that Chynna [a onetime member of the group Wilson Phillips] has to go out on the road with
her new album [of Christian music], Chynna and Vaughan. She said, ‘Mom, what am I gonna do—not promote my album?’ So she’s going out today, head held high.” Like most of the women in her family, Chynna, too, is a survivor.


Turns out Frances Ford Coppo.. Whoops I mean Seymour was mysteriously sexually abused too. Something else interesting Fonda is a latin word for bottom. Hence the spanish Fondillo for rear end. So I guess old Pete's (Peter) name is literally Rock Bottom or Penis Ass. I am guessing he's probably heard that one before.

Jane Fonda's mom sexually abused


Last Updated: October 28, 2010 12:10am
Jane Fonda was left floored when she discovered her late mother had been sexually abused as a child while reviewing her life at 59.

The movie icon became a detective as she attempted to piece together the 'puzzle' of her life as she approached her 60th year and one piece of information she found in her mother Frances Seymour Brokaw's health records helped her to understand why the socialite was the way she was and why she took her own life when the actress was 12.

In a candid TV interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired in America on Wednesday, Fonda explains, "(I was) interviewing people... (but) both my parents were dead - that's why it's good to do it early enough. Always interview your parents separately, so the scenario that they're used to telling isn't gonna be the same. And be sure to ask about abuse - one in three women have been sexually abused as children and no one ever talks about it.

"It affects everything about your life... because the shadow of guilt is sprinkled over the next generation, so, to understand yourself, you have to really bring it out and oftentimes that can be very healing for your mother or father to talk about it.

"My mother was dead; I found out from her medical records that she had been sexually abused and the minute I heard that, it was like, 'Ah, that explains so much - the promiscuity, the plastic surgery, the hating her body, all of that.' I wanted to mother her and forgive her.

"It changed my life... I knew it (her mother's suicide) had nothing to do with me... We have this idea that it's all our fault and my mother killed herself when I was 12. Suddenly I realized these were her issues, bless her heart."

Do you enjoy Ancient priesthoods? Supernatural beings? Jane Fonda? Visions while listening to Simon and Garfunkel? Robber Baron tycoon types? wait are we in Laurel Canyon? No we are in Laurel Springs!

One more tidbit, did you know that both Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss (A&M Records) were both in the Army? For Moss it is mentioned as a stint nothing big you know just a stint and good old Herb the Mexican Jew supposedly learned how to play trumpet for ol' Unlce Sam. And way off subject but not too far, Did you know that Lou Adler's nephew is Steven Adler the former drummer for Guns and Roses? I guess it wasn't really that hard growing up on the tough streets of Hollywood in 1987 as the 1st album would have you believe.

The Laurel Springs Retreat (from the official website)

Native American Roots
It is believed that the first settlement of this area occurred 10,000 years ago, when the sea level was 150 ft. lower, and access to the northern Channel Islands (at that time Island) was easier. By 1000 B.C.C. the beginnings of the modern Chumash language was being established in the Santa Barbara region.

500 - 1769 A.D.
Undisturbed by foreign settlers, indigenous civilization thrived. Tribes of Chumash (believed to translate as "seashell people") Indians spanned from the beaches of Malibu to the Oak country of Paso Robles. Chumash of the region were primarily hunters, gatherers and fishermen, and distinguished themselves with advanced basketry, stone cookware and construction of innovative plank canoes fashioned with driftwood from the North, pine pitch and naturally occurring local tar. A tiered society developed, ranging from manual laborers to skilled craftsmen. Men and women both served as the chiefs and priests of the individual Chumash tribes.

San Marcos Pass, which crosses the Santa Ynez Mountains and is the path to Laurel Springs Retreat, was once a trading route between the coastal and inland tribes. It is thought that Laurel Springs, at it's heightened elevation, was exclusively used by the shaman priests and astrologers for religious ceremonies and vision questing. Painted Caves in the area, up to 1,000 years old, depicting supernatural beings and celestial events support this belief.

Formerly a chef at the Arlington Hotel, Homer Snyder homesteaded the 160 and 13/100 acres and with a land grant, signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, acquired what he would call "Laurel Springs" in 1902. Originally settled to provide his wife, ailing with tuberculosis, a space away from the moist coastal air, Snyder built the Laurel Springs Inn (now called "The Lodge") in 1905 and the ranch became a Bed & Breakfast vacation resort, well known for its apple orchards, hand-pressed cider and rose gardens.

Outlasting her husband, Mrs. Snyder built a memorial monument in Homer's honor after he passed away in 1925. The plaque and a portion of the monument remain atop our "Gazebo Trail" which overlooks the ranch and the nearby Painted Cave community.

Mrs. Snyder then sold Laurel Springs to George Knapp, a Chicago utilities tycoon who owned several other properties in the area. The remains of nearby "Knapp's Castle" are currently a popular a hiking location and full moon gathering location. Knapp who established Knapp's School of Nursing in Santa Barbara provided Laurel Springs as a retreat site for the busy nurses of the local Cottage Hospital.

The 80's
In 1977, actress Jane Fonda and her husband Tom Hayden acquired Laurel Springs Ranch. That same year, our own John Bair was hired as a ranch gardener. Initially designed as a headquarters for Hayden's political activities, Laurel Springs soon became home of Laurel Springs Children's Camp. For 15 years, Fonda ran this Summer camp using the arts, especially dramatic arts, to foster new opportunities, self-esteem and communication among children of varied races and socioeconomic backgrounds.

In May of 1997, Melissa Keeler first stepped onto the mist-enshrouded grounds of Laurel Springs Ranch. The fog so thick, that the land's physical features were nearly invisible, she was moved energetically, by her perception of the palpably powerful forces of compassion and healing. She was also struck by a powerful memory...

Two years earlier, while driving in the Eastern Sierras and listening to "Bridge Over Troubled Water," she had received a lightning bolt vision of a healing/retreat center so vivid, that she recognized it as a spiritual direction. Unsure of how to proceed, she exclaimed out loud "Yes! I will do this work, but you must show me when, where and how. I have no idea how to do this on my own, but I promise to watch for the signs..."

After a last-minute pull-out from an established buyer, Melissa embraced the opportunity to establish and care for our current Laurel Springs Retreat. Through much trial and error, stubborn determination and deep surrender, she and partner Michael Morris accepted a stewardship of this revered land and have guided the Laurel Springs Retreat to its current glorious incarnation!

Moving from L.A.-RAND to S.F-Stanford-SRI-Palo Alto, one of my best and most original investigative threads and it certainly ties into Laurel Canyon.

The Sequoia Seminars - 1954 - LSD Therapy - History

Who was  Willis Harman and what were the "Sequoia Seminars"?

Betty Grover Eisner, Ph.D. was a clinical psychologist who was part of the group of LSD researchers active in Los Angeles in the 1950s and 60s.
According to Oscar Janiger, she participated in discussions about potential socially acceptable uses of LSD with a group including Aldous Huxley, Gerald Heard, Alan Watts, Anais Nin, and Sidney Cohen.

Gerald Heard,  Christopher Isherwood, Sir Julian Huxley Auldous Huxley and Linus Pauling L.A. 1960

 I used to go to plenty of “Bill Graham Presents” productions in the Bay Area and, when I finally wizened up a bit, wondered, at times, if Bill Graham were not more than merely the money bags behind the events, if he were not some sort of "personnel” manager in the slave-owning and driving sense of the word.  ... 

Exactly his death by helicopter / power line was very strange. Also this happen just before Halloween...
He did not die of old age, quietly in his bed...

Bill Graham (January 8, 1931 – October 25, 1991) was an American impresario and rock concert promoter from the 1960s until his death.

Graham was killed in a helicopter crash near Vallejo, California on October 25, 1991, while returning home from a Huey Lewis and the News concert at the Concord Pavilion.[6] Graham had attended the event to discuss promoting a benefit concert for the victims of the 1991 Oakland firestorm, after a large portion of the Oakland/Berkeley Hills area burned. Once he had obtained the commitment from the News to perform, he returned to his helicopter, which crashed shortly after take-off, just 20 miles from the concert site.[6][22]

Flying in weather reported as low overcast, rain and gusty winds, the aircraft flew directly into a 223-foot high-voltage tower along Hwy 37, which runs between Vallejo and Marin County. Also killed in the crash was pilot Steve Kahn and Graham's girlfriend, Melissa Gold, ex-wife of author Herbert Gold

Pets pulled from burning Hollywood Hills home by firefighters [Updated]
May 18, 2011 | 10:41 pm

Los Angeles firefighters pulled seven cats and dogs from a burning home Wednesday night in the Hollywood Hills.

Firefighters were giving assistance to the three dogs and four cats outside the home in the 2700 block of North Laurel Canyon Boulevard, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

The condition of the animals was not immediately known.

[Updated at 10:53 p.m.: Firefighters were able to save two dogs and two cats. The other animals died at the scene, the department said.]

About 30 firefighters knocked down the blaze in 22 minutes, the department said. Laurel Canyon was closed to traffic near the fire scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Dave McGowan Interview

The figureheads of all the big LC bands--Frank Zappa,...John Phillips,...Jim Morrison,...David Crosby,...Steven Stills, on and on, every one of these guys is a product of the military intelligence establishment...

I find it very hard to believe that the only people in the country who had musical talent happened to be sons and daughters of the Military community...Jackson Brown, Amy Lou [sic] Emmylou  Harris

Crosby is still alive...
David Crosby was born in Los Angeles, California. His parents were Aliph Van Cortlandt Whitehead and Floyd Crosby, an Academy Award winning cinematographer.
David Crosby with his dad

Still's is still alive...

Stephen Arthur Stills (born January 3, 1945) is an American guitarist and singer/songwriter best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young).
Stills was raised in a military family. Moving around as a child, he developed an interest in blues and folk music.
Stills dropped out of the Louisiana State University[3][dead link] to pursue a music career in the early 1960s

Update: We were politely asked to remove the images. All links to the original Time Life images remain below.

Jimi's dead:

Quote  Ted Nugent: "You Have The Right To Remain Stupid"

Who is Ted Nugent? Who was Fank Zappa? - "The Ring Masters"

Frank Zappa with his parents (his dad Francis Zappa
After settling down on a ranch in Michigan in 1973,

Nugent signed a record deal with Frank Zappa's DiscReet Records label and recorded Call of the Wild. The following year, Tooth Fang & Claw (which contained the song "Great White Buffalo") established a fan base for Nugent and the other Amboy Dukes. Personnel changes nearly wrecked the band, which became known as Ted Nugent & the Amboy Dukes

Nugent reunited with the other members of the Amboy Dukes at the 2009 Detroit Music Awards, which took place April 17, 2009. 

The psychedelic band received a distinguished achievement honor at the event. The Dukes also played together at the ceremony, marking their first public performance in more than 30 years
The Amboy Dukes' second single was "Journey to the Center of the Mind", which featured lyrics written by the Dukes' second guitarist Steve Farmer.

Nugent, an ardent anti-drug campaigner, has always claimed that he had no idea that this song was about drug use

LAUREL CANYON 1 - 60s Music Hollywood CIA MK-Ultra LSD
Check out this interview with Dave McGowan.  I will post the link for the first part and the others are linked to from that. 
This is pretty good stuff.

More links taken from the description page. Grin

MOST OF ALL READ THE 17 ARTICLES ON THE LAURAL CANYON CONNECTION (Laurel Canyon is a neighborhood in Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles. Hollywood has several famous neighborhoods) HERE WITH RESEARCHER DAVE McGOWAN... 
This will blow Your Minds; just click the article links below and read:

"It Was Twenty Years Ago Today,"...That Crowley Drugged World Away: CIA psyops of 1960s -

The Trip (II) (1967)
Director: Roger Corman
Writer: Jack Nicholson
Stars:Peter Fonda, Susan Strasberg and Bruce Dern  [ AND Dennis Hopper ]

Paul Beaver: synthesizer; Michael Bloomfield: guitar;
Harvey Brooks: bass; Marcus Doubleday: trumpet, flugelhorn;
Barry Goldberg: organ, piano, harpsichord;
Nick Gravenites: guitar, vocals; Bobby Notkoff: violin;
Buddy Miles: percussion; Peter Strazza: saxophone.

A cautiously representative sample from the score to the 1967 cinematic fest which was the love child of Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson. Sidewalk was a subsidiary of Capitol, under the creative wing of Mike Curb.

There are unexpected encounters with brilliance peppered through this, like finding sparkling veins on a subway wall.

▼ THE ELECTRIC FLAG: PETER'S TRIP from "The Trip (Soundtrack)" LP (Sidewalk) 1967 (US)
▼ THE ELECTRIC FLAG: SYNESTHESIA from "The Trip (Soundtrack)" LP (Sidewalk) 1967 (US)
▼ THE ELECTRIC FLAG: GREEN & GOLD from "The Trip (Soundtrack)" LP (Sidewalk) 1967 (US)

Speaking of trips, visit this recent post on Doc 40 with its link to New Scientist, for a mindwarping exploration of the universe as hologram. Philip K. Dick would have lapped it up.


Corman was never slow to jump on a trend, so it’s no surprise that he was first out of the gate when the LSD craze hit. Penned by Jack Nicholson, The Trip hit theaters in the Summer of Love, with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band still riding the top of the album charts. Ever the consummate professional, Corman sampled the drug while camping at Big Sur and by his own account, had a mighty fine time doing so. Nevertheless, in the course of his diligent research he had come across some mentions of what the hippies termed “bad trips,” and felt compelled to present a more balanced picture of the hallucinogen’s effects than his own experience had provided.

Peter Fonda stars as TV commercial director Paul Groves, a straight-arrow type who decides to take an acid trip as a means of dealing with his pending divorce. Even for a novice like Groves, certain ground rules should be self-evident, the primary one being: when tripping for the first time, you do not want Bruce Dern to be your guide. The man is not possessed of a soothing bedside manner, to say the least. Nonetheless, Groves agrees to take the drug under the supervision of Dern’s unnerving weird-beard character, and we’re off to the races.
Henry Fonda
Fonda then enlisted in the Navy to fight in World War II, saying, "I don't want to be in a fake war in a studio."[19] Previously, he and Stewart had helped raise funds for the defense of Britain.[20] Fonda served for three years, initially as a Quartermaster 3rd Class on the destroyer USS Satterlee. He was later commissioned as a Lieutenant Junior Grade in Air Combat Intelligence in the Central Pacific and was awarded the Navy Presidential Unit Citation and the Bronze Star.[21]
08/22 1972 - Jane Fonda makes radio address from Hanoi Vietnam


The Trip (1967) - Full Movie

related: Black Noise Bomb - David Bowie - William S. Burroughs
Was Timothy Leary a CIA Agent? by Mark Riebling
1973-78: After two years of “jet-setting” in Switzerland, Leary returns to the U.S. By his own account, this has occured through the machinations of CIA; Leary says they have “kidnapped” him. He is convicted on drug charges, and begins doing hard time at Folsom Prison. This seems clear evidence, again, that suspicions about his ultimate loyalties are merely left-wing paranoia. But after a few months out of public view, Leary comes into the open as a government informant. Under the code-name CHARLIE THRUSH, he turns State’s evidence against the Weather Underground. Freed from prison, he is taken into custody for fear that radical revolutionaries have marked him for execution. His former colleagues in the movement form a group calling itself People Investigating Leary’s Lies (PILL). Abbie Hoffmann declares that “Timothy Leary is a name worse than Benedict Arnold.” Allen Ginsburg says that Leary is “like Zabbath Zvi, false Messiah, accepted by millions of Jews centuries ago.”

1978-93: After his last offical contacts with security agencies, in 1978, Leary distances himself both from the government and the “movement” that no longer really exists. Out in the cold, he becomes a sophist in the true sense, a wise-man for rent or hire. Early in the Reagan years he “debates” G. Gordon Liddy, the Watergate burglar who once busted him at Milbrook, on a nationwide tour.

Former sixties radicals disgustedly describe the event as “bogus,” and say it is proof that Leary is “in with the fuzz.” At the very least, Leary seems to the Left a lightweight, a one-man Madison Avenue scam, a functional part of the Establishment he once swore to subvert. He hangs out at Helena’s, the trendy restaurant in which Jack Nicholson has an interest, and he occasionally philosophizes for a fee at Carlos and Charlie’s, a local restaurant that also headlines Joan Rivers. He defends his New Style by saying, quite earnestly: “If Aristotle were alive today, he’d have a talk show.”

He also publishes Flashbacks: An Autobiography, recounting obliquely his dealings with Cord and Mary Meyer and his work as a government informant, touching only in passing on CIA’s funding of LSD resarch.

In 1992 appears, as himself, in Roadside Prophets, a film starring Adam Horovitz. In 1993, he appears in an ad for the Gap. (Cf. “The Great Gap Conspiracy,” by Hugh Gallagher, in the previous issue of Grand Royal.) He designs computer software and hails the coming of the Information Superhighway. Though lacking family wealth, or any gainful employment since 1962, he has nevertheless managed to become a rich man.

He lives in Benedict Canyon, only a doors away from the house where Manson’s followers, and Orange Sunshine, did their worst. From his yard he can survey the whole City of Light, and he likes the symbolism of that
Leary was released from prison on April 21, 1976 by Governor Jerry Brown. The image of his ostensible betrayal still fresh in the eyes of most of his old base, he briefly contemplated a return to mainstream academia, but his applications were ignored, ushering in a period of despondent alcoholism and bitter fighting with Joanna. After briefly relocating to San Diego, he left Joanna after she became pregnant with what may or may not have been his child (she professed to sleeping with another man earlier on the day of conception; Leary refused to take a paternity test).

Loading his few possessions into a Ford Pinto, Leary established residence in Laurel Canyon and commenced the final phase of his career as a lecturer and (by his own terminology) "stand up philosopher". In 1978, he married filmmaker Barbara Blum and raised her young son as his own; they would divorce in 1993.

Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon By Harvey Kubernik, Scott Calamar, Lou Adler

Elliot Mintz arrived in L.A. in 1963...

The point is:
The Trip (II) (1967)
Director: Roger Corman
Writer: Jack Nicholson
Stars: Peter Fonda, Susan Strasberg and Bruce Dern [ and Dennis Hopper ]

Think "The Shining" and then Fonda/Hopper/Nicholson go onto make "the Hit"  "Easy Rider" in 1969

Easy Rider trailer

Dennis Hopper and Brooke Hayward's house burned down way back when Just like many others in the L.C. 

Hopper recalls this tidbit in this interview below as well as how his father ( an OSS officer) "fought with Mao" ..... Interesting since we now know that the CIA help put Mao in.

Once Upon a Time in L.A.

Wow... that fits in with: Mao was a Yale Man - Yali and the Skull and Bones
I need to dig deeper on this....
D.H. That was it! My father had all these things he had brought back from China, when he fought with Mao.
He was there for three months with 40 other Americans.
He went around and bought all these incredible tapestries that were really old—500 years, 600 years, thousands of years old.

| - - - - - - -
Dennis Hopper is that his dad was a spy and his mom, an embittered champion athlete.

Dennis Hopper's father, Jay, worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the well-known precursor to the CIA, in China, India and parts of Southeast Asia during the war. Later, while the family lived in San Diego, Jay Hopper went to work for the United States Postal Service. His mother, Marjorie, meanwhile, was a lifeguard instructor.

When the family lived in Kansas, Marjorie was the state backstroke champion. According to Andrew Billen, interviewing Hopper in 2001 for The Evening Standard, she was supposed to go to Hitler's Berlin in 1936 to swim in the Summer Olympics. Her pregnancy with Dennis prevented it, something she never let her son forget
Dennis Hopper's Warhol print sells for $302,500 - 12 January 2011

Warhol's Mao print sold for more than 10 times its estimate
Hopper art collection up for sale Hopper artwork 'to sell for $13m'
An Andy Warhol portrait of Chairman Mao owned by the late Easy Rider star Dennis Hopper has sold for $302,500 (£193,000) at a New York auction
The Trip (II) (1967)
Director: Roger Corman
Writer: Jack Nicholson
Stars:Peter Fonda, Susan Strasberg and Bruce Dern  [ AND Dennis Hopper ]
Cannes 2011: Peter Fonda encourages his grandchildren to take up arms against President Barack Obama
Richard Eden 6:28AM BST 22 May 2011

Peter Fonda, the star of Easy Rider, says he is training his grandchildren to use rifles for a conflict with President Barack Obama.


"There’s no room any more for sissy's and, like I said, don’t forget that I’ve got grandsons who I’ve trained with long-distance rifles. We have to run like mofos to change this world.”

Ain't it strange how old "Rock Bottom" pops up just after we were all discussing him....hmmmmm
Just Kidding...sort of  [ "Fonda" means bottom and Peter is the "Rock" so Rock Bottom]
The Trip (II) (1967)
Director: Roger Corman Writer: Jack Nicholson Stars:Peter Fonda, Susan Strasberg and Bruce Dern  [ AND Dennis Hopper ]

Another interesting film made the next year was  Psych-Out (1968)  Again with Jack Nicholson and Susan Strasberg and Bruce Dern

Psych_out Trailer

Director: Richard Rush
Writers: Betty Tusher (screenplay), Betty Ulius, and 3 more credits »
Stars:Susan Strasberg, Dean Stockwell and Jack Nicholson and (Bruce Dern again)

Jack Nicholson  played:  Stoney  

Jenny, a deaf runaway who has just arrived in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district to find her long-lost brother, a mysterious bearded sculptor known around town as The Seeker. She falls in with a psychedelic band, Mumblin' Jim, whose members include Stoney, Ben, and Elwood. They hide her from the fuzz in their crash pad, a Victorian house crowded with love beads and necking couples. Mumblin' Jim's truth-seeking friend Dave considers the band's pursuit of success "playing games," but he agrees to help Jennie anyway.

Strazberg died in 1999 here's part of her Obit...
Disappointed in her career, Strasberg began to use a variety of drugs, and in 1965, despite having once said, "I'd rather not marry an actor because there isn't room in the house for two egos", she married the quixotic young actor Christopher Jones, who was taking LSD. The couple had a daughter, Jennifer, who was born with a congenital birth defect which the actress blamed on the drug-taking. Strasberg and Jones were divorced after just one year of marriage.

She returned to England to appear as Dirk Bogarde's love interest in Ralph Thomas's story of anti- British terrorists in 1954 Cyprus, The High Bright Sun (1966), after which her film career became undistinguished, including some youth exploitation movies for American International (The Trip, Psych-Out) and some films in Italy, where she lived for a while, becoming noted for the poker sessions she held in her large apartment. ("At the beginning, when they thought me a novice, I cleaned out a couple of the boys," she remarked later.)

An independently produced horror film, Who Fears The Devil? (1973), has acquired a cult reputation as an off-beat tale of hill-billies battling the devil, but The Manitou (1978), in which Strasberg sprouted a foetus on her neck, wasted her talents along with those of such veterans as Tony Curtis, Ann Sothern and Burgess Meredith. Her most prolific work was on television, with countless guest appearances in shows including McMillan and Wife, Streets of San Francisco, The Rockford Files, Cagney and Lacey and Murder She Wrote. In 1980 she wrote an autobiography, Bitter Sweet, because, she said later, her career was "stalled":
Wild in the Streets is a 1968 film featuring Christopher Jones, Hal Holbrook, and Shelley Winters. It was produced by American International Pictures and based on a short story by writer Robert Thom. The movie, described as both "ludicrous" and "cautionary," was nominated for an Academy Award and became a cult classic.

 Thirty becomes a mandatory retirement age, while those over 35 are rounded up, sent to "re-education camps", and permanently dosed on LSD

Christopher Jones Article
LSD internment camps? NDP “youthquake” has scary pop culture precedents. Check out this picture >>

In the 1968 cult film Wild in the Streets, Christopher Jones plays a 22-year old rock star who ? bolstered by a nation of youthful baby boomers ?
improbably becomes president of the United States and declares war on everyone over 30

[oh - Everyone over thirty gets sent to an LSD concentration camp ]


A rock star decides he'd rather rule the free world than just sell records in this ambitious fusion of political satire and teen exploitation. Teenage rebel Max Flatow (Christopher Jones) has grown tired of life in suburbia with his domineering mother (Shelley Winters) and weak-willed father (Bert Freed), and, having saved up 800 dollars he earned by selling home-brewed LSD to his schoolmates, he blows up the family car with a makeshift bomb and strikes out on his own.

A few years later, Max has adopted the name Max Frost, and is one of the world's biggest rock stars, selling millions of records and earning a fortune from concert appearances and music publishing. Max has learned firsthand about the buying power of America's youth, and when Sen. John Fergis (Hal Holbrook) asks Max to appear at a "youth rally" to mobilize younger voters, he realizes the kids could also sway an election if they wanted.

At Fergis' rally, Max debuts a new song, "Fourteen or Fight," which demands the voting age be reduced to 14; the youth respond by rising up in support of Max's demands, reducing many American cities to a standstill. As political leaders bow to public pressure, the age of suffrage is reduced to 15, but rather than choosing candidates to support, Max decides it's time he and his inner circle took control.

After Max doses Washington, D.C.'s water supply with LSD, congress votes to make any registered voter eligible to hold federal office, and before long Max Frost has become president of the United States.

Once in office, Max unveils a bold plan to once and for all do something about people over 30 -- including his parents.  American International Pictures took the rather bold step with this film of biting the hand that fed them--their target audience was always teenagers, and in this film the teenagers and young adults are not portrayed as desirable role models at all.  The motives of the principals, especially Max Frost, are purely self-serving and hedonistic, to the detriment of everyone, ultimately including themselves.  In a way, Wild in the Streets is a truly frightening film, a very, very cautionary fable in which absolute power does corrupt absolutely.  Wild in the Streets features an early screen appearance from Richard Pryor as drummer and political activist Stanley X, while media personalities Dick Clark, Walter Winchell, Army Archerd, and Melvin Belli portray themselves. Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil wrote the all-original songs for fictional rockers "Max Frost and the Troopers," including the Top 40 hit single "The Shape of Things to Come."   A touchstone of the Sixties that still resonates.

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Christopher Jones stars as rock singer and aspiring revolutionary Max Frost (born Max Jacob Flatow Jr.; his first public act of violence was blowing up his family's new car).

Frost's band The Troopers live together with him, their women, and others in a sprawling Los Angeles mansion.

The band includes his 15-year-old genius attorney Billy Cage (Kevin Coughlin) on lead guitar, ex-child actor/girlfriend Sally LeRoy (Diane Varsi) on keyboards, hook-handed Abraham Salteen (Larry Bishop) on bass guitar and trumpet, and anthropologist Stanley X (Richard Pryor) on drums.

When Max is asked to sing at a televised political rally by Kennedyesque Senate candidate Johnny Fergus (Hal Holbrook), who's running on a platform to lower the voting age from 21 to 18 (a genuine issue, not passed until 1971), he and the Troopers appear — but Max stuns everyone by calling instead for the voting age to become 14, then finishes the show with an improvised song, "Fourteen Or Fight!", and a call for a demonstration.

Max's fans (and other young people, by the thousands) stir to action, and within 24 hours protests have begun in cities around the United States. Fergus' advisors want him to denounce Max, but instead he agrees to support the demonstrations, and change his campaign — if Max and his group will compromise, accept a voting age of 15 instead, abide by the law, and appeal to the demonstrators to go home peaceably. Max agrees, and the two appear together on television, and in person the next day using the less offensive mantra "Fifteen and Ready".

Most states agree to lower the voting age within days, in the wake of the demonstrations, and Max Frost and the Troopers campaign for Johnny Fergus until the election, which he wins by a landslide. Taking his place in the Senate, Fergus wishes Frost and his people would now just go away, but instead they get involved with Washington politics. When a Congressman from Sally LeRoy's home district dies suddenly, the band enters her in the special election that follows, and Sally (the eldest of the group, and the only one of majority age to run for office) is voted into Congress by the new teen bloc.

The first bill Sally introduces is a Constitutional amendment to lower the age requirements for national political office — to 14, and "Fourteen Or Fight!" enters a new phase. A joint session of Congress is called, and the Troopers (by now joined by Fergus' son Jimmy, played by Michael Margotta) swing the vote their way by spiking the Washington water supply with LSD, and providing all the Senators and Representatives with teenaged guides.

As teens either take over or threaten the reins of government, the Old Guard (those over 30) turn to Max to run for President, and assert his (their) control over the changing tide. Max again agrees, running as a Republican to his chagrin, but once in office, he turns the tide on his older supporters.

Thirty becomes a mandatory retirement age, while those over 35 are rounded up, sent to "re-education camps", and permanently dosed on LSD.

Fergus unsuccessfully attempts to dissuade Max by contacting his estranged parents (Bert Freed and Shelley Winters), then tries to assassinate him. Failing at this, he flees Washington with his remaining family, but they are soon rounded up.

With youth now in control of the United States, politically as well as economically, and similar revolutions breaking out in all the world's major countries, Max withdraws the military from around the world (turning them instead into de facto age police), puts computers and prodigies in charge of the Gross National Product, ships surplus grain for free to third world nations, disbands the FBI and Secret Service, and becomes the leader of "the most truly hedonistic society the world has ever known".

The final moments of the film indicate, however, that Max and his cohorts may face future intergenerational warfare from an unexpected source.

Miki Dora has some interesting connections. he openly talked about The Federal Reserve and the New World Order in the 50's and felt that that the U.S. government was behind everything under the sun. This was his excuse for being one of the biggest con-artists in history. His step father who taught him to surf worked for Boeing. And he liked to dress up like a Nazi which is I am guessing where the who 50's ed roth Iron cross nazi car club thing meshed wih surfing. This book is very detailed from the LA times below.

The Hungarian-born Dora was taught sword fighting as a child by Errol Flynn; he was at the Ambassador Hotel when Robert F. Kennedy was shot; and after leading the FBI on a seven-year international chase, he spent time in prison alongside Charles Manson.

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Beach blanket Babylon
All for a Few Perfect Waves The Audacious Life and Legend of Rebel Surfer Miki Dora David Rensin HarperEntertainment: 476 pp., $25.95
June 22, 2008|Steven Kotler | Steven Kotler is the author of "West of Jesus: Surfing, Science, and the Origins of Belief."

Miki DORA has been called many things: "Kerouac in board shorts" (the London Times); "a deconstructor of the American dream" (Surfer magazine); and "the Bob Dylan of surf culture" (surfing writer Drew Kampion). He's also been called an "outlaw" and a "prophet" and compared to Elvis, Muhammad Ali and Jack Nicholson, the latter specifically and tellingly for his R.P. McMurphy role in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

The Latest edition as usual Mcgowan is spot on...
Inside The LC: The Strange but Mostly True Story of Laurel Canyon and the Birth of the Hippie Generation
May 26, 2011

“Our music was far from political or antiwar … I never felt comfortable with political advocacy.”

John Phillips

“There were no political speeches or overt protest songs performed.”

John Phillips, discussing the Monterey Pop Festival, of which he was a key organizer

Thus far on this journey, we have seen how what are arguably the two most bloody and notorious mass murders in the history of the City of Angels – the Manson Family murders of the occupants of the home on Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon, and the so-called Four-On-The-Floor bludgeoning murders of four Laurel Canyon drug dealers on Wonderland Avenue – were directly connected to the Laurel Canyon music scene.

 But the city of Los Angeles can boast of one other particularly notorious murder, which stands to this day as both the most gruesome single-victim murder and the most famous unsolved murder in the city’s history.

On January 15, 1947, the mutilated body of aspiring actress Elizabeth Short was found posed in a field. The ritualistically butchered body was nude, sliced cleanly in half, and completely drained of blood. Parts of the body had been removed, after which the corpse had been thoroughly sanitized. Bruising clearly indicated that the young girl had been savagely beaten. Forensic evidence suggested that she had been forced to eat feces during her tortuous ordeal. She was quickly dubbed the ‘Black Dahlia,’ and it is by that name that she is known and written about today.

Much of what has been written about the brief life of Ms. Short is contradictory. Among the facts that seem to be agreed upon is that she had recently worked at a military facility that is now known as Vandenberg Air Force Base, and that she had some kind of close connection to a US Naval hospital in San Diego, where she may have also worked. That is, in any event, what she had indicated in a letter to her mother.

This murder occurred some twenty years before Laurel Canyon’s glory days. It would seem rather foolish then to suggest that all three of Los Angeles’ most notorious murder cases were connected to the peace-and-love scene flowering in Laurel Canyon in the 1960s and 1970s. But that is, nevertheless, exactly what I am going to do. It is, admittedly, an indirect connection, and, since the case remains officially unsolved, it is a tentative one as well, but it is a connection nonetheless.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Black Dahlia murder, or who have only read about the case and never actually seen the brutality inflicted upon Ms. Short, please be advised that you are about to see for yourself just how barbaric this crime was. The images are absolutely horrifying – but that is, unfortunately, what elite ritualized crime looks like. You have been warned.

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“John [Phillips] was the ultimate controller.”

Mamas and the Papas producer/manager Lou Adler

“She was practically his slave.”

Michelle Phillips, describing John’s third wife, Genevieve Waite

Our story begins on August 30, 1935, with the birth of John Edmund Andrew Phillips to parents Claude and Edna Phillips. Claude was a retired Marine Corps officer and engineer. His father, John Andrew Phillips, a prominent architect, one day “mysteriously fell to his death” on a construction site, according to John Phillips’ autobiography, Papa John. That kind of thing tends to happen to family members of people associated with Laurel Canyon.

John’s mother, Edna, had what most folks would consider a rather unconventional upbringing. Her mother was a psychic/faith healer, and many of her eleven siblings were well known locally as gunfighters and bandits. When Edna was just a year old, she was – and I am neither making this up nor stealing it from the plot of some hack Hollywood film – purportedly kidnapped by Gypsies! Her father allegedly found her a year later down in Mexico. How he would have done so remains something of a mystery (though I’m guessing that maybe he had some help from Albert DeSalvo’s mother, who supposedly likewise tracked down young Albert after his father had sold him to a farmer as a slave; have I mentioned lately, by the way, that to fully understand the Laurel Canyon story, you really need to read Programmed to Kill?).

Edna was just fifteen when she met and began a relationship with Claude Phillips, who according to legend had supposedly won an Oklahoma bar from a fellow serviceman in a poker game on the way home from France at the close of World War II – which seems about as credible as various other aspects of Phillips family history,as told by John. By eighteen, Edna had given birth to the couple’s first child, Rosie Phillips, born on New Year’s Eve, 1922.

Rosie would later become a career employee of the Pentagon, where John’s first wife, the daughter of an intelligence operative, would also find work. Years later, according to John, Rosie’s daughter Patty would be “found dead of an overdose in a girlfriend’s apartment in North Hollywood … There were mysterious questions surrounding her death.” As I just noted a few paragraphs back, that kind of thing tends to happen.

In the late 1920s, Claude Phillips was commissioned to Haiti, where he remained for four years. He was then sent back to Quantico, then shipped off to Managua, Nicaragua, before finally returning to Alexandria, Virginia, where John Phillips, who would grow up to become arguably the most important music figure in the canyon, grew up and went to school.

John attended a series of strict Catholic and military schools and served as an altar boy. According to his own account though, he also had a darker side, which included forays into vandalism, auto theft, breaking and entering, fighting, and other assorted mischief. His mother, meanwhile, routinely cruised for men – when not spending time with a US Army Colonel named George Lacy. John would later be told that his real father was a US Marine Corps doctor named Roland Meeks, who died in a Japanese POW camp during WWII.

Phillips played basketball at George Washington High School, from where he graduated in 1953. He then scored an appointment to Annapolis Naval Academy, but soon dropped out. One of his first paying jobs was working on a fishing charter boat. As John later recalled it, the crew consisted of him, a retired Navy officer, and four retired Army generals. Seems like a perfect fit for one of the future guiding lights of the hippie movement. Phillips also, for a brief time, tried his hand at selling cemetery plots.

As previously noted, John’s first wife was the aristocratic Susie Adams, descendent of President John Adams and occasional practitioner of voodoo. Their first son, Jeffrey, was born on Friday the 13th in December of 1957. Shortly after that, John found himself in, of all places, Havana, Cuba, just as it was about to fall to the revolutionary forces of Fidel Castro. According to Phillips, he and his traveling companions “were once whisked off the street by a director, straight into a TV studio to appear on a live Havana variety show.”

Many of you, I’m sure, have had a similar experience.

Some months later, in late 1958, Phillips flew to Los Angeles and began performing on amateur nights at Pandora’s Box on the legendary Sunset Strip. His first band, The Journeymen, featured Phillips, Scott McKenzie and Dick Weismann. It was while touring with this formation that John Phillips met a very young Holly Michelle Gilliam.

Michelle was born November 10, 1944 in Long Beach, California, to a father variously described as a merchant mariner, a movie production assistant, and a self-taught intellectual. When Michelle’s mother, a Baptist minister’s daughter, reportedly died of a brain aneurysm when Michelle was just five, Gardner “Gil” Gilliam took his daughters and promptly relocated to Mexico, ostensibly to attend college on the GI Bill. They remained there for several years. Upon their return to Southern California, Gil found work as an LA County probation officer. According to John, Gil’s work “often required him to go out of town,” though one would think that that would make it rather difficult for him to keep tabs on his charges.

In 1958, while future-husband John was vacationing in war-torn Cuba, Michelle found a new mother-figure in twenty-three-year-old Tamar Hodel. Tamar’s father, Dr. George Hodel, was described by Vanity Fair in December 2007 as “the most pathologically decadent man in Los Angeles” and “the city’s venereal-disease czar and a fixture in it’s A-list demimonde.” Also noted in the article was that “George Hodel shared with Man Ray a love for the work of the Marquis de Sade and the belief that the pursuit of personal liberty was worth everything.” In other words, Hodel embraced that all-purpose Luciferian creed, “Do what thou wilt.”

Tamar and her siblings had “grown up in her father’s Hollywood house, which resembled a Mayan temple, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son, and was the site of wild parties, in which Hodel was sometimes joined by director John Huston and photographer Man Ray.” The luxurious home (pictured here as it looks today) reportedly features, among other amenities, a subterranean walk-in vault, which is always a nice thing to have around.

Within the walls of that singularly odd Hollywood Hills home, which lies about three miles due east of the mouth of Laurel Canyon, Tamar talks of how she “often ‘uncomfortably’ posed nude … for ‘dirty-old-man’ Man Ray and had once wriggled free from a predatory John Huston.” Her own father, not so shockingly, “had committed incest with her. ‘When I was 11, my father taught me to perform oral sex on him.’” Her father also “plied her with erotic books, grooming her for what he touted as their transcendent union,” and freely shared her with his wealthy and influential friends.

“To the girl’s horror, she became pregnant” at the tender age of fourteen – with her father’s child. “To her greater horror, she says, ‘my father wanted me to have his baby.’” A friend, nevertheless, took her to get an abortion. Dr. George was so incensed that, according to Tamar, he “struck her on the head with his pistol,” prompting her step-mother (who also happened to be John Huston’s ex-wife) to assist her in going into hiding.

Dr. George Hodel was arrested and charged with, among other things, offering his young daughter to several friends at an orgy. The sensational 1949 incest trial featured a witness who took the stand to describe being hypnotized by Hodel at a party; she also claimed that she had witnessed him attempt to hypnotize other young women.

Allegations that the rich and powerful were dabbling in incest, hypnotism/mind control, pedophilic orgies, and Luciferian philosophies must surely have been shocking to Angelenos in the 1940s, as they would still be to most Americans today, but to these jaded eyes and ears, it just sounds like business as usual. Also sounding like business as usual is that Tamar was roundly vilified by both the press and the defense team (led by Jerry Giesler), and Dr. George Hodel was acquitted.

Far more shocking even than all of that is the then-unknown fact that, even while Hodel was standing trial on the sensational charges, he was, and still is today, a prime suspect in the Black Dahlia murder case! There have been, of course, numerous suspects identified in the case, including actor/director Orson Welles. But George Hodel does seem to be a much more likely suspect than most of those who have been identified. And his possible guilt, needless to say, does not exclude others from likely complicity as well. The mistake that virtually all investigators of this case have made is assuming that there is only one culprit.

The most likely scenario is that Hodel committed the crime in conjunction with various others in his pedophilic, Luciferian social circle. Man Ray, for example, is a compelling suspect, given that the posing of Ms. Short’s body appears to mimic The Minotaur, one of his better-known photographs. Man Ray, by the way, was something of the Robert Mapplethorpe of his era – the same Robert Mapplethorpe, it should be noted, whom investigative journalist Maury Terry has similarly linked to the Son of Sam case and various other ritualized murders (for more on George Hodel, Man Ray and the Black Dahlia murder, see Black Dahlia Avenger by Steve Hodel [George’s son and a former LAPD homicide detective] and Exquisite Corpse by Mark Nelson and Sarah Hudson Bayliss).

How it is that the fourteen-year-old daughter of a lowly probation officer fell into the orbit of the daughter of the wealthy and influential George Hodel (Hodel’s former home is currently valued at $4.2 million) has never been explained, but Tamar, described by Michelle as “the epitome of glamour,” quickly took the youngster under her wing, buying her clothes, enrolling her in modeling school, teaching her to drive, and providing her with a fake ID and a steady stream of prescription drugs – obtained, one would presume, from her father.

According to Michelle, “Tamar put on perfect airs around my dad and when it became necessary she would sleep with him.” Whatever works, I guess. That perhaps explains why, in early 1961, Gil didn’t have a problem with allowing his underage daughter to move to San Francisco with the daughter of a violent pedophile. Soon enough, Tamar found herself in a relationship with Journeyman Scott McKenzie, and bandmate John Phillips began coming by Tamar and Michelle’s room on a nightly basis.

It wasn’t long before Michelle, still just seventeen, was romantically involved with twenty-six-year-old Phillips, despite the fact that John was still married to Adams, with whom he by then had two children, Laura MacKenzie Phillips having been born on November 10, 1959 in Alexandria. Father Gil, who had himself recently taken a sixteen-year-old bride (one of a string of six wives), still wasn’t concerned. And it’s probably safe to assume that Phillip’s father, who had pursued his bride when she was just fifteen, wouldn’t have been too concerned either.

In October 1962, a year or so after meeting Michelle, John curiously found himself in Jacksonville, Florida (alongside Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport) for “two weeks of rest and rehearsal” during the Cuban Missile Crisis. For a guy who “never felt comfortable with political advocacy,” John seems to have had a keen interest in Cuban affairs. Two months later, on New Years Eve 1962, Holly Michelle Gilliam became John Phillip’s second wife. She also joined his reconfigured band, as did Canadian Denny Doherty, who had formerly been with the Mugwumps alongside Cass Elliot. This new lineup was dubbed the New Journeymen.

The newly-formed trio promptly embarked on a curious Caribbean adventure, arriving first at St. Johns, where John has claimed that they “snorkeled on acid” for several weeks. They next ferried over to St. Thomas, where they set up camp at a dive beachfront boardinghouse known as Duffy’s. Soon enough, Ellen Naomi Cohen, better known as Cass Elliot, showed up with John’s nephew, who was a childhood friend of hers. Cass had been born in Baltimore but had grown up in Alexandria, where, like Phillips, she had attended George Washington High School.

As the legend goes, Cass waited tables at the dive while the trio performed folk songs. What they were really doing there remains something of a mystery, though in Papa John, Phillips did drop a clue: “The town was crawling with drunken Marines and sailors on their way home from Vietnam.”

Moving on from the boardinghouse, the group next took over an unfinished home on Creeque Alley, where, according to John, they were known as “the island’s open house and everyone was welcome to our commune.” At some point though the governor supposedly ordered them off the island “because he thought his nephew was doing drugs with the crazies at Creeque Alley.” The band had formalized its new lineup of John Phillips, Michelle Phillips, Denny Doherty and Cass Elliot, and they had a whole album’s worth of material written. That first album would feature such enduring classics as California Dreamin’, Monday, Monday, and Go Where You Wanna Go. On none of the bands subsequent albums would they produce anywhere near the level of songwriting that they were allegedly able to achieve on that Caribbean adventure.

Though isolated on that Caribbean island, the songs the group brought back to LA with them just happened to be of the soon-to-emerge folk-rock variety. In Papa John, Phillips quotes Doherty as saying that everyone was “evolving toward the same sound at the same time without really communicating with each other about it.” It was, I suppose, just the way things were fated to be – or it could be that everyone was following the same script, written by unseen others.

Before helping to spearhead the folk-rock movement though, the quartet first had to get off the island, which Phillips presents as a high-risk venture: “We tried to get off the island quietly. We split in groups at the airport to look inconspicuous … We went at night so there wouldn’t be any credit checks done on me.”

Within a month of arriving in LA, the band had a producer/manager (Lou Adler, a Jewish kid who had grown up in a tough, Hispanic section of East LA) and a record deal, and John and Michelle were at home in a comfortable house on Lookout Mountain in Laurel Canyon. They would soon be able to afford to purchase Jeanette McDonald’s former Bel Air mansion at 783 Bel Air Road, which featured “hand-carved wooden gargoyles” and “a walk-in vault beneath the house,” which, as I already mentioned, is a very handy feature. Sitting on five acres, the lavish home, with five Rolls Royces in the driveway, was the site of virtually nonstop partying.

The new lineup, of course, needed a name, and John pushed hard for the occult-based Magic Cyrcle, which the band was briefly known as before ultimately settling on The Mamas and the Papas. There would be other indications as well that Phillips had a keen interest in the occult. He would later, for example, start his own label and call it Warlock Records. And his third wife, Genevieve Waite, was an avid follower of Aleister Crowley.

The Mamas and the Papas proved to be a rather short-lived band, recording and performing just from 1965 to 1968 (with a brief reunion in 1971 to satisfy contractual obligations to their record company). During that time, the band produced five albums and eleven top 40 singles. To date, the lineup has sold nearly 100,000,000 albums.

The first single, released in 1965, was Go Where You Wanna Go, which failed to chart. Their next release, California Dreamin’, shot up to #4. Their freshman album, If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, released in early 1966, rose to the very top of the charts, their only album to do so. Their only #1 single, Monday, Monday, followed the release of the album. It was all downhill from there.

While recording their second album in June 1966, Michelle was discharged from the band due to the fact that she was having an affair with Denny Doherty, which was causing severe friction in the group. By August, she was back, though that didn’t prevent the group’s second album from performing rather poorly. The third, recorded in 1967 and ironically entitled Deliver, failed to live up to its name. Then in June of that year, The Mamas and the Papas delivered a closing set at the Monterey Pop Festival that almost everyone agrees sucked ass.

It wasn’t hard though for the band to score that coveted closing slot, given that Phillips had played a key role in organizing the event. Monterey proved to be, according to Barney Hoskyns, the “moment when the underground went mainstream.” As Rolling Stone noted in its Fortieth Anniversary Edition, “The plan for a new kind of festival was spearheaded by John Phillips, the leader of the Mamas and the Papas, and Lou Adler, an influential producer and the band’s manager.” Also noted was that the “road to Monterey began with Alan Pariser, a young heir to a paper-manufacturing fortune,” just as the road to Woodstock began with John Roberts, a young heir to a pharmaceutical manufacturing fortune, but that’s another story entirely.

Two months after Monterey, the band made their final television appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Two months after that, the quartet headed off to Europe while recording their fourth album, The Papas and the Mamas. That album’s first single was the Laurel Canyon-inspired 12:30 (Young Girls are Coming to the Canyon). Shortly thereafter, the band broke up. John tried his hand at a solo career with the wildly unsuccessful result being the release of The Wolf King of LA. To satisfy record label demands, the group briefly reformed for their fourth album, People Like Us.

Following that unsuccessful venture, the band once again dissolved.

to be continued …


The Mansion is a 10-bedroom mansion owned by famed music producer Rick Rubin in the Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles, originally built in 1918. After recording the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magik with considerable ease and comfort, Rubin decided to record many of the albums he has produced here, including; the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Stadium Arcadium, Audioslave's Out of Exile, The Mars Volta's De-Loused in the Comatorium, Slipknot's Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), and Linkin Park's Minutes to Midnight

Since 1991, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have returned to the mansion on numerous occasions; the tracks "Fortune Faded" and "Save the Population" on the Red Hot Chili Peppers 2003 Greatest Hits compilation, and more recently, the group's 2006 album, Stadium Arcadium were recorded in the mansion. The mansion can also be seen on the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Funky Monks DVD (released 1991), the making of Minutes to Midnight DVD, and in a series of eight clips uploaded to LCD Soundsystem's official YouTube channel documenting the creation of This Is Happening

In the 1960s and 70s many famous artists such as Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles stayed there.[citation needed]

The house was owned by Errol Flynn in the late 1930's. It is just north of a house a that was rented by Harry Houdini for roughly one year around 1919.
[edit] Haunting rumors

The mansion is rumored to be haunted. Artists such as the Mars Volta's Cedric Bixler Zavala have reported doors opening when they are known to have been previously closed.[1] Zavala also cited one room, the bell tower, that the band chose to avoid while living there.

The nine-piece metal band Slipknot reported experiencing a number of unusual events while living there during the recording of their album Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses). Drummer Joey Jordison claimed to have had an unsettling experience in the basement when he felt something walk through him and subsequently never went down there again. Also, Singer Corey Taylor took pictures of two orbs hovering near the thermostat in his room that changed the temperature.[2] System of a Down's guitarist Daron Malakian, said that everyday around 4 o' clock, his amp tubes would act weird.

It is rumored that the house has been haunted since 1918, when the son of a furniture store owner pushed his lover from the balcony.[3] The mansion is actually built on the grounds of the old mansion that burned down in the late 1950s and wasn't rebuilt until years later to be used as a recording arts studio. Also, during the recording of the Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Magik, more unusual things occurred. Consequently, drummer Chad Smith chose to not live in the house during the recording. The BSSM album art also features a photograph of a strange orb or face captured during a group photograph, which the band suggests might have been a spirit at the mansion.

The Mansion also appears in the second season of Showtime's Californication, in which the owner of the house is Lew Ashby, a famous record producer (played by Callum Keith Rennie) living alone in his ivory tower. Also referred in the TV Show as "Ashby's Den of Iniquity". Dave Navarro and Carmen Electra visited the mansion during their MTV reality show "Til Death Do Us Part".

 Recordings at the Mansion
Band or artist    Album(s) and/or song(s)    Year(s) of recording
Red Hot Chili Peppers    Blood Sugar Sex Magik    1991
Marilyn Manson    Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)    1999 - 2000
American Head Charge    The War of Art    2000 - 2001
The Mars Volta    De-Loused in the Comatorium    2002 - 2003
Red Hot Chili Peppers    "Fortune Faded" & "Save the Population" (from the sessions of an as yet, unreleased album)    2003
Slipknot    Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)    2003
System of a Down    Mezmerize & Hypnotize    2004
Ours    Dancing for the Death of an Imaginary Enemy    2005
Red Hot Chili Peppers    Stadium Arcadium    2005
Linkin Park    Minutes to Midnight    2006 - 2007
Maroon 5    It Won't Be Soon Before Long    2006 - 2007
LCD Soundsystem    This Is Happening

Eliot Smith's Death

From The Smoking Gun
JANUARY 8--Los Angeles investigators probing the recent stabbing death of alt rocker Elliott Smith could not classify the incident as a suicide because several aspects of the knifing were not consistent with suicide and "raise the possibility of homicide." According to the below autopsy report, police discovered what appeared to be a suicide note--written on a Post-it note--when they responded to his home on October 21. "I'm so sorry-love, Elliot God forgive me," the note read, according to the report (a coroner's official told TSG that Smith's first name was misspelled in the report). And, the report concludes, Smith's history of depression and the "location and direction" of two stab wounds "are consistent with self-infliction." However, other aspects of Smith's death have caused investigators to wonder whether the performer was killed. The autopsy report cited the absence of "hesitation wounds," the presence of "possible defensive wounds," and "stabbing through clothing" as atypical of suicide. In addition, the actions of Smith's live-in girlfriend, musician Jennifer Chiba, were of concern to investigators. Chiba initially told cops that she had argued with Smith, 34, in their home and, at one point, locked herself in the bathroom. Chiba emerged when she heard Smith scream, and saw him standing with "a knife sticking out of his chest." The medical examiner noted that Chiba's "reported removal of the knife and subsequent refusal to speak with detectives are all of concern."

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Smith died on October 21, 2003, at age 34 from two stab wounds to the chest.[2] According to girlfriend Jennifer Chiba the two were arguing,[35] and she locked herself in the bathroom to take a shower.[63] Chiba heard him scream, and upon opening the door, saw Smith standing with a knife in his chest. She pulled the knife out, after which he collapsed and she called 9-1-1. Smith died in the hospital with the time of death listed as 1:36 p.m. While Smith's death was originally reported as a suicide, the official autopsy report released in December 2003 left open the question of possible homicide.[2] A possible suicide note, written on a Post-it, read, "I'm so sorry—love, Elliott. God forgive me."[2] The coroner's report had the name Elliott misspelled as "Elliot," however "a coroner's official told TSG that Smith's first name was misspelled in the report," not on the Post-it note.[2]

According to Pitchfork Media, record producer Larry Crane reported on his Tape Op message board that he had planned to help Smith mix his album in mid-November. Crane wrote, "I hadn't talked to Elliott in over a year. His girlfriend, Jennifer, called me [last week] and asked if I'd like to come to L.A. and help mix and finish [Smith's album]. I said yes, of course, and chatted with Elliott for the first time in ages. It seems surreal that he would call me to finish an album and then a week later kill himself. I talked to Jennifer this morning, who was obviously shattered and in tears, and she said, 'I don't understand, he was so healthy.'"[64]

The coroner's report revealed that no traces of illegal substances or alcohol were found in his system at the time of his death, but did find prescribed levels of antidepressant and ADHD medications in his system, including Clonazepam, Mirtazapine, Atomoxetine and Amphetamine.[65] Also, no hesitation wounds were found on Smith, a trait typical of suicide by self infliction.[35] With his death not being officially declared a suicide, a journalist noted that some have suspected foul play[66], but also that the authorities do not seem to be investigating the case further.[67] Smith's body was cremated.[68] NSmith's o public burial site or memorial was ever formally announced.
The memorial outside Solutions Audio in Los Angeles, California in August 2006.
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Shortly after Smith's death, a fan memorial was initiated outside Solutions Audio (4334 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California), the site at which the cover of the Figure 8 album was shot. Farewell messages to Smith were written on the wall, and flowers, photos, candles, and empty bottles of alcohol mentioned in Smith's songs were left.[69] Since then, the wall has been repeatedly tagged by gang signs,[70][71] and, despite having been repainted to its original state in February 2008 and promises from Solutions' owner to maintain the site, the wall is now largely covered by unrelated graffiti.[72][73][74]

Memorial concerts were held in several cities in the United States and the United Kingdom.[60] A petition was soon put forth with intent to make part of the Silver Lake area a memorial park in Smith's honor. It received over 10,000 signatures, but no plans to establish the park have been announced.[60] A memorial plaque located inside Smith's former high school, Lincoln High, was hung in July 2006.[75] The plaque has the line "I'm never gonna know you now, but I'm gonna love you anyhow," from Smith's song "Waltz #2".

Since Smith's death, many musical acts have paid him tribute. Songs in tribute to, or about Smith have been released by Bright Eyes ("Reinvent The Wheel"), Backseat Goodbye ("Elliott Smith Is Still Alive" on The Good Years), Rilo Kiley ("Ripchord" and "It Just Is" on More Adventurous),[76] Sparta ("Bombs and Us"),[60] Third Eye Blind ("Elliott Smith (There's No Hurry To Eternity)", meant to be on Symphony of Decay),[77] Ben Folds ("Late" on Songs for Silverman),[78] Rhett Miller ("The Believer" on The Believer),[79] Earlimart ("Heaven Adores You" on Treble and Tremble),[80] Joan As Police Woman ("We Don't Own It" on Real Life),[81] and Pete Yorn ("Bandstand in the Sky" on Nightcrawler, a song jointly dedicated to Jeff Buckley). Several tribute albums have been released since his death, including Christopher O'Riley's Home to Oblivion: An Elliott Smith Tribute.

On July 30, 2004, Jennifer Chiba filed a lawsuit against the Smith family for 15% of his earnings (over $1 million),[82] claiming that she and Smith lived as "husband and wife",[83] that the singer pledged to take care of her financially for the rest of her life, and that she worked as his manager and agent from around 2000 until his death.[84] A state labor commissioner ruled her claim as manager to be invalid, as she had worked as an "unlicensed talent agent" under California's Talent Agencies Act. The case made it to the California appellate court in October 2007, but was defeated 2–1; Chiba could potentially appeal the case to the Supreme Court of California.[85]


“And when we went to Santa Fe my father took work first as a carpenter at Los Alamos at the atomic plant and when they would bring the bombs down … they said "there’s a sunrise in the middle of the night in New Mexico" …”  (Stephen Gaskin)

The band Coven that was back up band on many recordings and recorded the song from th Billy Jack movie "One Tin Soldier".

An Interesting article...

The Latest Laurel canyon Article by Mcgowan

Kenneth Anger: ICONS
November 1, 2011

Kenneth Anger: ICONS is a showcase of the films, archives, and vision of one of the most original filmmakers of American cinema, on view at MOCA Grand Avenue from November 13, 2011, through February 27, 2012. A defining presence of underground art and culture and a major influence on generations of filmmakers, musicians, and artists, Anger's films evoke the power of spells or incantations, combining experimental technique with popular song, rich color, and subject matter drawn equally from personal obsession, myth, and the occult.

MOCA's exhibition centers on Anger's Magick Lantern Cycle of films-Fireworks (1947), Puce Moment (1949), Rabbit's Moon (1950/1979), Eaux d'artifice (1953), Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954/66), Scorpio Rising (1963), Kustom Kar Kommandos (1965), Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969), and Lucifer Rising (1970-81)-presenting the work across multiple projections in a unique gallery installation of red vinyl, designed in close consultation with Anger.

"Kenneth Anger channels a world of magic, ritual, darkness, and desire-quintessential ingredients of Hollywood," said MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson. "His films are legendary and yet always contemporary."

Complementing the films is an archive of photographs, scrapbooks, and memorabilia from Anger's personal collection that illustrates the filmmaker's unique vision of Hollywood's golden era. The inspiration and source material for the filmmaker's infamous celebrity "gossip" books Hollywood Babylon, (1975) and Hollywood Babylon II (1984), the collection centers on stars such as Rudolph Valentino and Greta Garbo, as well as now lesser-known icons like silent-film actress Billie Dove. Anger grew up in Hollywood. His grandmother was a costume mistress, and he is claimed to have appeared as a child actor in the Warner Brothers production of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935). The world of the classic studios and the mystique of its major figures radiates throughout the photographs, press clippings, letters, and memorabilia on display, which Anger has gathered across many decades

Jim Morrison's Laurel Canyon home burns in arson related fire

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The fire -- at 8021 Rothdell Trail in Hollywood -- broke out at 1:20 a.m. in a nearby car, then spread to the house.

Morrison lived in the 1922 Hollywood home with his girlfriend Pamela Courson. It's where he wrote the Doors album "Waiting for the Sun" and portions of "The Soft Parade."

youtube - Waiting for the Sun

The Laurel Canyon street on which it's located also was the inspiration for the Doors song "Love Street," which played during the closing credits of a season two episode of "Entourage."

youtube - Love Street  is a 1968 song by The Doors which appears on their album Waiting For The Sun. The song is about the street in Laurel Canyon, California, where Jim Morrison lived with his girlfriend Pamela Courson.
He Lived on Love Street: Surprise Awaits a Visitor to Jim Morrison's Laurel Canyon Home

This song is about the street in Laurel Canyon, California where Jim Morrison lived with his girlfriend, Pamela Courson. The address was 1812 Rothdell Trail, but they called it "Love Street" because they could sit on the balcony and watch the hippies go by

This was released as the B-side of "Hello, I Love You."

The line, "There's a store where the creatures meet" refers to the canyon store where all the hippies of the canyon hung out. (thanks, Dhani - Wausau, WI)

Pamela Courson owned a clothing store which was frequented by hippys and various other trippy types in LA and this is the store referred to in the line "There's a store where the creatures meet". This is explained in the biography "No One Here Gets Out Alive"

The lyrics, "She has me and she has you" indicates that Morrison knows that his girlfriend Pamela Courson has relations with other men. (thanks, bob - Laguna Beach, CA)

In the sold lyrics its:
 "She has robes and she has monkeys"
 But in fact Jim wrote it like this:
 "She has robes and she has flunkies".
Flunkies if you didn't know is a reference to his girlfriend Pamela's drug habit.

The original lyric was "She has robes and she has junkies", referring to the people she would sleep with.

Pam's clothes shop was called Themis and Jim bought it for her, but its not the shop that he is reffering to in the song, the bottom floor of their apartment was "a store where the creatures meet"

Human Head found on Hollywood Sign hike trail

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Human head found in bag below the Hollywood sign
Daniel S Levine

A severed human head in a plastic bag was discovered by hikers below the iconic Hollywood sign near Los Angeles Tuesday. Police say that they are now searching the area for the rest of the unidentified person’s body.

Reuters reports that two women hikers were walking their nine dogs along a trail near the popular Griffith Observatory in Hollywood Hills.
According to The Los Angeles Times, two of the hikers’ dogs found the head inside a plastic bag in the brush, a law enforcement source said.

Police say the head appears to be that of a man in his 40’s with salt-and-pepper hair. The LA Times reports that the police believe the head was severed recently due to the condition of it.
Investigators have already closed off the area to search for more body parts, notes The Associated Press. After searching until dusk on Tuesday with the help of cadaver dogs, they will return to the scene on Wednesday. The Los Angeles County coroner will be called in to try to identify the remains.

As Reuters notes, the Hollywood sign has been an iconic landmark since it was built in 1923, reading “Hollywoodland.” In the late 1940s, “land” was removed and in 1978, the remaining letters were restored. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the sign was almost sold in 2010 to the Tiffany & Co. foundation, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and philanthropist Aileen Getty helped the Trust for Public Land acquire the sign.

The mysterious head, which was not decomposed, was found by dog walkers after some of their four-legged friends began playing with an object in a bag on Tuesday afternoon, The Associated Press reported.
"At some point the object came out and they discovered it was a severed head," Sgt. Mitzi Fierro told KCAL-TV.
Fierro added investigators believe the head belonged to a man in his 40s or 60s, although she would not release his race or any other identifying details. The head seemed to have been placed there recently, she added.
In addition to trying to identify the head, investigators are racing to see if other parts of the corpse surface, the TV station reported.

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Thinking of Hollywood Hills real estate? You may be wondering just where is the Hollywood Hills....
Picture a tranquil haven in the center of Los Angeles between Downtown, the Valley and the Ocean with green hillsides and foothills dotted with an array of inspiring architecture, quiet meandering streets with canyon and city views colored by lush purple Jacaranda trees, blooming aromatic Jasmine, Gardenia and Crimson Bougainvillea vines.

 Where you can see Hawks flying overhead at dawn and watch Deer grazing at dusk. That little bit of real estate paradise that stretches along the Santa Monica Mountains bordered by Griffith Park from Silverlake to Sunset Strip often referred to as "An Oasis in the City" is the Hollywood Hills.

Want to Know more about the Neighborhoods that make up this "Oasis in the City"?

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Authorities identify severed head, hands, feet found in Hollywood hills
By Michael Martinez, CNN
updated 2:06 PM EST, Fri January 20, 2012

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Authorities have identified the man whose severed head, hands and feet were found in a park near the Hollywood sign, but they weren't releasing his name Friday, said Los Angeles County Coroner Assistant Chief Ed Winter.
The recent discovery of a severed head, two hands and two feet in the Hollywood hills is near the home of actor Brad Pitt, and authorities have interviewed his bodyguard for possible leads, police said Thursday.
"It's standard procedure for us to have our detectives canvass the neighborhood," Los Angeles Police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. The bodyguard saw nothing unusual, he added.
In an unusual coincidence, Pitt starred in the film "Seven," in which he plays a detective and a severed head is found in a box.
Meanwhile, the dog walker whose golden retriever, Ollie, discovered the head in a park Tuesday below the Hollywood sign said she at first thought the head was a movie prop.

"Our assumption was that there was always people filming up there, and it was a prop," Lauren Kornberg, who was walking with her mother at the time, told HLN. "We walked down the ravine and got closer and realized it was a freshly severed human head."
In what police described as their biggest search in recent memory, 120 investigators scoured a seven-acre parcel of Bronson Canyon Park below the Hollywood sign looking for clues in the dismemberment, which authorities believe occurred elsewhere, Smith said.
The coroner's cadaver dog discovered the man's hands and feet, but authorities still haven't located the torso.

Authorities believe the human remains were placed in one spot and then were spread by wild animals, Smith said.

The body parts were hidden until the animals found them, Smith said.
"You could say it was a determined effort to hide them," Smith said of the body parts, declining to elaborate. "There was no intent that these were something that the public would find."

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Cops ID man whose butchered head, feet, hands found near Hollywood sign
Victim is 66-year-old retired airline worker
By Philip Caulfield / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, January 21 2012, 2:11 PM

James Dean monument - Griffith Park Observatory

Police say the dismembered remains were those of Hervey Medellin, 66, a retired Mexicana Airlines employee who lived with a roommate near the hiking trail. Dog walkers discovered a head in a plastic bag along the trail on Tuesday, according to local reports.
Los Angeles County coroner officials said they were able to identify Medellin through fingerprints on one of his hands, which were found 50 yards away from the head on Wednesday by investigators and a cadaver-sniffing dog.
Friends told KCBS-TV that the Bronson Canyon area of Griffith Park where the body parts were found was one Medellin's favorite hiking spots.
Neighbor Andrew Hill, who lived in the apartment below Medellin, told the Los Angeles Times that he heard an angry, late-night scuffle in the victim’s apartment about three weeks ago.
Police are questioning at least one person in connection with the case, the Times said. No arrests have been made.
Cops were also questioning neighbors in the region, including Brad Pitt's bodyguard.
The star and his gal pal, Angelina Jolie, have a house in the Hollywood Hills near where the body parts were found.
Dog-walker Lauren Kornberg, whose golden retriever, Ollie, discovered the head on Tuesday, said she initially thought it was a movie prop.
"Our assumption was that there was always people filming up there, and it was a prop," Kornberg, who was walking the with her mother when they made the grisly find, she told HLN. "We walked down the ravine and got closer and realized it was a freshly severed human head."
Police concluded a search of the 4,200-acre Griffith Park on Thursday, and the park was reopened to the public on Friday

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Cops ID man whose butchered head, feet, hands found near Hollywood sign
Victim is 66-year-old retired airline worker
By Philip Caulfield / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, January 21 2012, 2:11 PM


Police say the dismembered remains were those of Hervey Medellin, 66, a retired Mexicana Airlines employee who lived with a roommate near the hiking trail. Dog walkers discovered a head in a plastic bag along the trail on Tuesday, according to local reports.
Los Angeles County coroner officials said they were able to identify Medellin through fingerprints on one of his hands, which were found 50 yards away from the head on Wednesday by investigators and a cadaver-sniffing dog.
Friends told KCBS-TV that the Bronson Canyon area of Griffith Park where the body parts were found was one Medellin's favorite hiking spots.
Neighbor Andrew Hill, who lived in the apartment below Medellin, told the Los Angeles Times that he heard an angry, late-night scuffle in the victim’s apartment about three weeks ago.
Police are questioning at least one person in connection with the case, the Times said. No arrests have been made.
Cops were also questioning neighbors in the region, including Brad Pitt's bodyguard.
The star and his gal pal, Angelina Jolie, have a house in the Hollywood Hills near where the body parts were found.
Dog-walker Lauren Kornberg, whose golden retriever, Ollie, discovered the head on Tuesday, said she initially thought it was a movie prop.
"Our assumption was that there was always people filming up there, and it was a prop," Kornberg, who was walking the with her mother when they made the grisly find, she told HLN. "We walked down the ravine and got closer and realized it was a freshly severed human head."
Police concluded a search of the 4,200-acre Griffith Park on Thursday, and the park was reopened to the public on Friday.

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Friends told KCBS-TV that the Bronson Canyon area of Griffith Park where the body parts were found was one Medellin's favorite hiking spots.

Bronson Caves:
One of the many locations he visited were the Bronson Caves in the Griffith Park area. And he was good enough to send us these photos to help other visitors find the caves for themselves. (The photos show Steve and his bride Monica hiking from Canyon Drive to the caves.)

The Bronson caves are man-made, and were probably created back around 1900, when the area was a rock quarry. (Some say the caves themselves were created especially for the 1922 version of "Robin Hood" with Douglas Fairbanks.)  But whatever their origin, they have since been used in countless movies and TV series. They were seen as the 'Bat Cave' in the classic "Batman" TV series, as well as in "Bonanza," "Star Trek: Voyager," "Fantasy Island," "Little House on the Prairie," "The Lone Ranger," "Gunsmoke" and the "Wild Wild West". Plus feature films such as 2002's "The Scorpion King," "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country," "Lost Horizon" and the original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."

"Once there I turned around and lo and behold, an unbelievable view of the HOLLYWOOD sign.
You have to go all the way through and out the cave to see it though. Really nice. The pics don't do it justice... The sign looks much bigger."

(* Remember that the caves are located in an isolated section of Griffith Park, so exercise reasonable caution.)

In other news, it appears that, while Lookout Mountain Laboratory has been out of business for many years, the spirit of the clandestine film studio is still very much alive and well, as evidenced by the ‘Kony 2012’ video.

Ted Nugent: "You Have The Right To Remain Stupid"

Who is Ted Nugent? Who was Fank Zappa? - "The Ring Masters"

Frank Zappa with his parents (his dad Francis Zappa
After settling down on a ranch in Michigan in 1973,

Nugent signed a record deal with Frank Zappa's DiscReet Records label and recorded Call of the Wild. The following year, Tooth Fang & Claw (which contained the song "Great White Buffalo") established a fan base for Nugent and the other Amboy Dukes.

Personnel changes nearly wrecked the band, which became known as Ted Nugent & the Amboy Dukes. Nugent reunited with the other members of the Amboy Dukes at the 2009 Detroit Music Awards, which took place April 17, 2009. The psychedelic band received a distinguished achievement honor at the event. The Dukes also played together at the ceremony, marking their first public performance in more than 30 years
The Amboy Dukes' second single was "Journey to the Center of the Mind", which featured lyrics written by the Dukes' second guitarist Steve Farmer.

Nugent, an ardent anti-drug campaigner, has always claimed that he had no idea that this song was about drug use

Programmed To Kill Satanic Cover Up Part 18 Charles ''Charlie'' Manson

Programmed To Kill Satanic Cover Up Part 1

Dave McGowan - Programmed to Kill - The Politics of Serial Murder