Charles Manson's music was a macabre sidenote
Charles Manson, the cult leader of the Manson Family, who directed his followers to commit a string of brutal murders in 1969, was one of the most reviled figures in American culture.
A grifter who'd spent most of his adult life in jail, he orchestrated a killing spree with the intention of sparking a race war.
But his original intention when he arrived in California was to become a musician.
A macabre fascination with his music has persisted ever since. Bands like Guns N' Roses, The Lemonheads and Marilyn Manson have covered his songs; while bootleg recordings of his demos, which began... read more
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