4 June 2014
Laurel Canyon, Covert Ops and the Dark Heart of the Hippie Dream
316 pages, Publisher: Headpress (April 22, 2014)
Laurel Canyon in the 1960s and early 1970s was a magical place where a dizzying array of musical artists congregated to create much of the music that provided the soundtrack to those turbulent times. Members of bands like "The Byrds", "Buffalo Springfield", "The Monkees", "The Beach Boys", "The Mamas and The Papas", "The Turtles", "The Eagles", "The Flying Burrito Brothers", "Frank Zappa" and The Mothers of Invention", Steppenwolf, "Captain Beefheart", "Crosby Still and Nash", "Three Dog Night", "Alice Cooper", "The Doors", and dulcis in fundo, Love, along with such singer/songwriters as "Joni Mitchell", "Judy Collins", "James Taylor", "Carole King", "Jackson Browne", "Judi Sill" and "David Blue", lived together and jammed together in the bucolic community nestled in the Hollywood Hills.
But there was a dark side to that scene as well.
Many didn't make it out alive, and many of those deaths remain shrouded in mystery to this day. Far more integrated into the scene than most would care to admit was a guy by the name of "Charles Manson", along with his murderous entourage. Also floating about the periphery were various political operatives, up-and-coming politicians, and intelligence personnel - the same sort of people who just happened to give birth to many of the rock stars populating the canyon. And all of the canyon's colorful characters - rock stars, hippies, murderers, and politicos - happily coexisted alongside a covert military installation.