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Weird Scenes Inside The Canyon: Laurel Canyon, Covert Ops & The Dark Heart Of The Hippie Dream

Weird Scenes Inside The Canyon: Laurel Canyon, Covert Ops & The Dark Heart Of The Hippie Dream [Kindle Edition]

David McGowan , Nick Bryant
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The very strange but nevertheless true story of the dark underbelly of a 1960s hippie utopia. 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, the Doors, Buffalo Springfield, the Monkees, the Beach Boys, the Turtles, the Eagles, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Steppenwolf, CSN, Three Dog Night and Love, along with such singer/songwriters as Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, James Taylor and Carole King, 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 like 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 gave birth to many of the rock stars populating the canyon. And all the canyon’s colorful characters – rock stars, hippies, murderers and politicos – happily coexisted alongside a covert military installation.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1143 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Headpress (22 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JVAW58K
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #177,877 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No more heroes 3 May 2014
This book will no doubt piss a lot of people off. Not me, I found it compulsive to read. It is written with a great deal of sensitivity and 'laugh out loud' humour, considering how dark the subject matter is. David McGowan lifts the lid off the fabricated hippie 'movement' and exposes the dark truth some may find too hard to face. This book should come with a warning, those who wish to keep their 60s & 70s idols on a pedestal will experience cognitive dissonance and may want to attack the messenger. Do yourself a favour and please read the book before dismissing him as a conspiracy theorist. He is a true investigative journalist who has connected some disturbing dots and deserves credit for exposing the facts. The modern day 'hippies', the New Agers, are probably the ones who most need to read this book. Their 'peace and light' dogma is built on a huge piles of skeletons and lies. "People don't want to hear the truth because it will destroy their illusions" Nietzsche. I love nothing more than diving into a book that pierces illusions and make you think, so I consider this work a 'must read'. Order it today, you will be rewarded with having your eyes opened real wide!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately Flawed 12 Sep 2014
I simply don't recognize the book from most of the glowing reviews posted here. With a title adapted from a line by Jim Morrison and a teasing Dark Heart of the Hippie Dream subtitle, together with a cover illustration featuring dancing hippies and Charlie Manson's staring eyes we are invited to learn about some grand conspiracy by the American military industrial complex.

This constantly came down to references rock star family members who sometime may or may not have worked for such organisations. Really, as if that has to do with anything.

I got completely tired of reading the words 'allegedly' or 'reportedly'. Dates of births or deaths wherever mentioned are also ridiculously linked to solstice or equinox dates or Walpurgis Night. So someone died 4 days after Walpurgis Night, folks, let me tell you now, 4 days after Walpurgis Night is NOT Walpurgis Night. Irrelevant by whatever measure.

One 'conspiracy' is the inexplicable arrival of the above mentioned Jim Morrison and the Doors as superstars with a ready supply of hit songs in his head, and conveniently fails to mention Robbie Krieger wrote the most of hits including the classic Light My Fire.

One could go on. Not one mention of The Charlatans. A penultimate chapter on that well known flower power icon, Harry Houdini. What? A 15 page final chapter which seems only to be an advert for the author's previous book on serial killers.

The shame of this is, in my opinion, with a less desperate attempt to find absolute conspiracy everywhere this could actually have been a much better read.
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Just excellent. Beautifully written with a light touch and lots of humour. Love Mr McGowan's style.
I grew up in UK amongst the backdrop of the late 1960s and my older brother had most of these...what do I call them now...`acts' or fakes in his record collection. I would love someone as reliable and erudite as Mr McGowan to probe the real history of popular music and culture in the UK at the same time to find out who was running the show here. I am sure it is just as fake as that which occurred in Laurel Canyon - an unlikely home of rock n roll. In fact, Dave McGowan enters British territory in the very last chapter which is captivating and surely an opener to anyone with the energy to pursue further.
The evidence suggests Laurel Canyon - home to the sunset strip and the `stars' was a very dangerous place to spend any time if you wanted to get passed your 30th birthday or collect the insurance on a home turned to ashes. The coincidences are so extraordinary as to be in-our-face ridiculous.
The counter culture then as now is designed to be nihilistic and sordid in the extreme and coming at young people in particular to reframe morality. So don't give any time or attention to these BBC/Hollywood/glossy magazine creeps!!!
Big thanks goes out to the guys at Gnostic Media dot-com on which Mr McGowan has been a guest and who have systematically provided irrefutable evidence that links lots of people, places and events through documentation some of which whole heartedly backs up and validates Dave McGowan's work as he validates theirs. The sheer scale of deceit is enough to make anyone sick to the stomach.
The other favour reading this book did for me is that I will never again put any so called `stars', `celebrities' or `experts' up there on pedestals.
Thank you, thank you, thank you Dave McGowan.
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This is one of the most engrossing books I have read,Dave McGowan has researched intenesly the Laurel Canyon scene of the 60's and comes up with the most mind blowing conclusions! As you progress through the book you realise that it all adds up and connects-sometimes ruining the warm fuzzy memories you had as a kid of this revolutionary period in the music and hippie scene. Each page will keep you wanting more,I could not put this down and finished it in a couple of nights,believe me,you will too. If I could give it my star rating it would be a 10.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Weird Scenes Inside My Kindle
Ends up being a series of unconnected coincidences. There may have been a consipracy but by the end of the boo I simply didn't care.
Published 16 days ago by Dr. B. A. J. Rhodes
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice races style with wit and verve
Nice races style with wit and verve. Mind boggling revelations about who/why the freewheelin' feckless generation evolved. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Thomas Harding
5.0 out of 5 stars magical history tour !
At first all this seems like crazy conspiracy and all of our hero's will probably agree. But Dave McGowan asks what if our hero's have been spoon fed what to think? Read more
Published 29 days ago by Halifax Student Account
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent work.
A must read for anyone interested in the forces of social control. An excellent work.
Published 2 months ago by Faro Pearse
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Ann dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars An Astonishing Take on the Birth of the Hippie Movement
I read the preliminary 'episodes' to this work that McGowan posted online and I'm really pleased to see this now on Kindle and in print as I thought at the time it was one of the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Troy
5.0 out of 5 stars This excellent book!
David McGowan's superb book deserves to be widely read. It is written superbly in an accessible, ironic, investigative journalist style; it reads more like a detective story than a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing the threads together
Dave is one of my favourite researchers and has brought this amazing period of time back to life . I loved the 60s even though I wasn't there and have read a lot about it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Edie Whaler
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