Charles Manson; new documentary, new music
There’s some new music being released from Charles Manson, a new documentary on ID, and a courthouse that Manson and his ‘family’ supposedly squatted in back in the ’60s.
First, there is a producer who compiled guitar songs from Manson’s time in prison who is cutting the album on vinyl in California:
Vasquez, who turned to a friend of Manson’s to secure the tapes that he recorded at a prison medical facility, used Kickstarter to press and release 500 copies of the album. Vasquez, not a professional publicist, says the music has a “nasal, bluesy folk music-like sound,” and “[m]ost people won’t like it. It probably requires an acquired taste.” In addition to the novelty of owning music made by a guy with a swastika tattooed on his face, fans can look forward to the fact that none of this music has ever been released on any of the already released albums by Manson, which number around 20. The album, available now, exclusively, at Vasquez’s L.A. area store Beauty Is Pain Boutique (road trip!!), also features artwork by Manson.
The album’s title, a vulgarity that means wasting time, reflects Manson’s own description of his guitar playing that was recorded in the 1980s in a room above the prison chapel at California Medical Facility in Vacaville. Manson later gave the tape recording to a friend who eventually passed it on to a third person. After years of “badgering” that person for it, Vasquez obtained the tape last year.
With Manson’s encouragement, he said, he set about creating an album.
Manson won’t make any money off of the sales.
Next, there is a talk of a shift in ownership for the Nye County Belmont Courthouse that Manson was rumored to have squatted in 1969:
Well off the beaten path, the most publicity the courthouse has received in recent years had to do with a possible connection to the infamous Manson family. Graffiti carved in the courthouse reads “Charlie Manson + Family 1969.” Some area residents believe the Manson family squatted in the courthouse in the months before the Los Angeles killing spree that brought it to infamy.
The interior of the building has never been restored, and Russ Dapsauski, regional director for state parks in Las Vegas, said all walls are covered with graffiti, some dating to the 1800s, and restoration plans include saving much of it.
As far as the Manson story, he only says, “I wasn’t there, so I can’t say whether it is true.”
And finally, a new documentary featuring Manson family member Barbara Hoyt, called ‘Twisted’:
“Twisted” took a look into the world of Charles Manson, the cult leader, who, along with his followers, were sent to prison for committing multiple murders. Originally sentenced to death, a law temporarily abolishing the death penalty gave him instead a life sentence. The special interviewed Barbara Hoyt, who had lived on Manson’s ranch but did not take part in the murders.