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After bringing his family to Los Angeles so he could look for a record deal, Charlie Manson befriended Beach Boy DennisWilson, and used the drummer to gain credibility in the music Los Angeles scene. In this episode we’ll talk about Charlie Manson’s arrival in Los Angeles in 1967 with designs on spreading his gospel through rock n’ roll, trace DennisWilson’s life and career leading up to this point, discuss the role Wilson played in enabling Manson’s rock n’ roll delusions, and explain how The Beach Boys came to record a song written by Charles Manson. Finally, we’ll talk about how Wilson suffered in the years following his association with Manson, leading up to his own untimely death.
Today's special guests include Nate DiMeo of The Memory Palace, who returned as Charles Manson, and Noah Segan as DennisWilson.
This episode includes many scraps of audio from DennisWilson's extraordinary solo albums, Pacific Ocean Blue and Bambu -- as much as I could reasonably fit in without egregiously violating copyright. If you like what you hear, these records are available as a single set on iTunes.
In addition to our previously cited sources (particularly Waiting For the Sun), here is a bibliography specific to this episode:
Closing of club ignited 'Sunset Strip Riots,'LA Times, August 5, 2007
DennisWilson and Charles Manson, National Post, June 13, 2012
The Death of a Beach Boy, People Weekly, January 16, 1984
On The Road With The New Hollywood (The Making of Two Lane Blacktop), Show, March 1971
DennisWilson: The Mayor of Washington Boulevard, The Guardian, December 31, 2013
Album Tag Song by Dennis Wilson
Out of the Skies, Under the Earth by Chris Zabriskie
Friday Night by Dennis Wilson
I am A Man Who Will Fight For Your Honor by Chris Zabriskie
For What It's Worth by Buffalo Springfield
Once Tomorrow (Instrumental Version) by Josh Woodward
By Request by Apache Tomcat
Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles
2PM Wake Up Call by Apache Tomcat
Pacific Ocean Blues by Dennis Wilson
Au Coin de la Rue by Marco Raaphorst
Garbage Dump by Charles Manson
Cease to Exist by Charles Manson
Nights in White Satin by The Moody Blues
Never Learn Not to Love performed by The Beach Boys
I Need to Start Writing Things Down by Chris Zabriskie
Farewell My Friend by Dennis Wilson
Dreamer by Dennis Wilson