Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon

Author: David McGowan
Publisher: SCB Distributors
ISBN: 9781909394131
Release Date: 2014-04-22
Genre: Counterculture

In the 1960s and early 1970s a dizzying array of musical artists congregated in Laurel Canyon to create much of the music that provided the soundtrack to those turbulent times. 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. Charles Manson was integrated into the scene more than most would care to admit, as well as various political operatives, up-and-coming politicians, and intelligence personnel, happily coexisting alongside a covert military installation. Discover the dark underbelly of a hippie utopia.

Drugs as Weapons Against Us

Author: John L. Potash
Publisher: Trine Day
ISBN: 9781937584931
Release Date: 2015-05-01
Genre: History

Drugs as Weapons Against Us meticulously details how a group of opium-trafficking families came to form an American oligarchy and eventually achieved global dominance. This oligarchy helped fund the Nazi regime and then saved thousands of Nazis to work with the Central Intelligence Agency. CIA operations such as MK-Ultra pushed LSD and other drugs on leftist leaders and left-leaning populations at home and abroad. Evidence supports that this oligarchy further led the United States into its longest-running wars in the ideal areas for opium crops, while also massively funding wars in areas of coca plant abundance for cocaine production under the guise of a "war on drugs" that is actually the use of drugs as a war on us. Drugs as Weapons Against Us tells how scores of undercover U.S. Intelligence agents used drugs in the targeting of leftist leaders from SDS to the Black Panthers, Young Lords, Latin Kings, and the Occupy Movement. It also tells how they particularly targeted leftist musicians, including John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, and Tupac Shakur to promote drugs while later murdering them when they started sobering up and taking on more leftist activism. The book further uncovers the evidence that Intelligence agents dosed Paul Robeson with LSD, gave Mick Jagger his first hit of acid, hooked Janis Joplin on amphetamines, as well as manipulating Elvis Presley, Eminem, the Wu Tang Clan, and others.

Everybody Had an Ocean

Author: William McKeen
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 9781613734940
Release Date: 2017-04-01
Genre: History

Los Angeles in the 1960s gave the world some of the greatest music in rock 'n' roll history: "California Dreamin'" by the Mamas and the Papas, "Mr. Tambourine Man" by the Byrds, and "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys, a song that magnificently summarized the joy and beauty of the era in three-and-a-half minutes. But there was a dark flip side to the fun fun fun of the music, a nexus between naïve young musicians and the fringe elements that exploited the decade's peace-love-and-flowers ethos, all fueled by sex, drugs, and overnight success. One surf music superstar unwittingly subsidized the kidnapping of Frank Sinatra Jr. The transplanted Texas singer Bobby Fuller might have been murdered by the Mob in what is still an unsolved case. And after hearing Charlie Manson sing, Neil Young recommended him to the president of Warner Bros. Records. Manson's ultimate rejection by the music industry likely led to the infamous murders that shocked a nation. Everybody Had an Ocean chronicles the migration of the rock 'n' roll business to Southern California and how the artists flourished there. The cast of characters is astonishing—Brian and Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, eccentric producer Phil Spector, Cass Elliot, Sam Cooke, Ike and Tina Turner, Joni Mitchell, and scores of others—and their stories form a modern epic of the battles between innocence and cynicism and joy and terror. You'll never hear that beautiful music in quite the same way.

Survival of the Richest

Author: Donald Jeffries
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781510720664
Release Date: 2017-07-04
Genre: Political Science

"Survival of the Richest is a fantastically well-researched book, and should join Robert Reich and Barbara Ehrenreich on the must-read bookshelf on wealth disparity."—Dr. Naomi Wolf, CEO, A fresh look at economic inequality in America Survival of the Richest scrutinizes how the collective wealth of America has been channeled from the poor and middle class into the hands of a few elitists. American industry has been gutted, with wages and benefits stagnant or reduced, thanks to a disastrous trade deals, outsourcing, and the crippling of unions. The Occupy Wall Street movement, and the presidential campaigns of both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, reveals how more and more people who are struggling understand that the system is rigged against them. While Americans have been trained to direct their scorn at welfare recipients and the poor in general, a tiny handful of plutocratic elites have profited on an unfathomable scale through corporate welfare and other perks. Unimaginable salaries and bonuses for the One Percent, contrasted by layoffs and reduced pay for the majority of the workforce, along with increasing calls for austerity measures and lowered standards of living, has become the “new normal” in America. Donald Jeffries argues that this record economic inequality is more than an unintended consequence of globalism. In Survival of the Richest, he shows how the consolidation of wealth may well prove to be the greatest conspiracy of all.

El Secreto de Selena Selena s Secret

Author: María Celeste Arrarás
Publisher: Atria Books
ISBN: 9781982117528
Release Date: 2018-12-18
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Un retrato íntimo e investigativo del asesinato de la querida reina de la música tejana, Selena Quintanilla Pérez, escrito por la galardonada periodista María Celeste Arrarás. Ahora, una serie en Telemundo. No hay duda de que Yolanda Saldívar disparó la bala que mató a Selena el 31 de marzo de 1995, pero ¿alguien sabe lo que realmente sucedió en la habitación 158 del hotel Days Inn, momentos antes de que el crimen se llevara a cabo? María Celeste Arrarás tiene muchas respuestas. Su cobertura de la muerte, el juicio y el drama detrás de la tragedia la convirtió en la experta indiscutible del caso de Selena. Arrarás comparte detalles de primera mano sobre el crimen y las personas involucradas, incluyendo la polémica entrevista en la cárcel con Yolanda, que en repetidas ocasiones habló sobre “el secreto de Selena”, una insólita información que Saldívar mantuvo oculta durante y después del juicio pero que sí le reveló a Arrarás. Muchas preguntas quedaron sin respuesta hasta la publicación de la citada entrevista. ¿Por qué hubo una maleta llena de ropa de Selena en la escena del crimen? ¿Cuál fue el significado del anillo de piedras preciosas adornado con la inicial “S” que cayó del puño ensangrentado de Selena? ¿Quién era el médico de Monterrey que se hacía llamar asesor de Selena? María Celeste le ha seguido la pista al caso durante dos décadas y logró encajar las piezas de este rompecabezas. El secreto de Selena revela todos los incidentes que tuvieron lugar en los meses previos a la muerte de Selena que llevaron irremediablemente a la tragedia de aquel lluvioso día de marzo.