Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The famous Laurel Canyon Country Store where upcoming bands auditioned. Jim Morrison lived in back and wrote "Love Street."

As the (cough) staff is a little short-handed this summer, we at a.L.b.B. would like to make an editorial correction. The movie ranch used by the Eagles for the "Outlaw Man" video and the album artwork pictures on the Eagles second album, "Desperado" was not, as I said, filmed at the Spahn Ranch where Charles Manson and his family had lived. It was actually filmed at the abandoned Paramount movie set in the Malibu hills.

However, pride and honesty compels me to say my additional research shows I was right about the incestuous and crazy melding of the parties in Laurel Canyon on Lookout Mountain Road and the music business as well as Hollywood. In 1970, if you heard a song on the radio - or saw a movie in a theater - it was performed by someone who at least had a drink and dinner at, more likely shared drugs and or had sex with someone on that crazy street. From the Byrds to the Flying Burrito Brothers, CSN&Y, the Beatles, the Stones, Clapton, Hendrix, you name it. And, during 1969, Charles Manson was right in the middle of it helping to fuel the scene with women, drugs or both.

In "Helter Skelter" Vincent Bugliosi said the fateful Sharon Tate gathering at 10050 Cielo Drive was just an informal get- together and drugs were found on the scene. But the list of people who swear they were invited to be at that party that night reads like the who's who of music and movies: CSN&Y, The Mamas and the Papas, Jane Fonda, Jack Nicholson, Steve McQueen, Joni Mitchell, Warren Beatty.

One Cielo Drive neighbor said there had been a big party there a few weeks before with guests arriving by limos and Cadillacs in "hippy garb." Sounds like the usual suspects.