Should Charles Manson Music be heard?
A vinyl recording of 77 year old Charles Manson,mass murderer singing released for public consumption
Who was Charles Manson?
Charles Milles Manson was born November 12, 1934 and is an American criminal and musician who led what became known as the Manson Family. The Manson family was a commune type group of young members that arose in California in the late 1960s and Manson was the head of it. Though Manson did not commit the murders himself he was found guilty of conspiracy to commit the murders of Sharon Tate, her unborn baby and 4 house guests and Leno and Rosemary LaBianca because carried out by members of the group at his direction. He was convicted of the murders through the joint-responsibility rule, which makes each member of a conspiracy guilty of crimes that his fellow conspirators committed.
Manson believed in what he called "Helter Skelter," a term he took from the song by The Beatles. Manson believed Helter Skelter was an apocalyptic race war, which he described in his version of the lyrics to the Beatles' song. He believed the murders would help precipitate that war. From the beginning of his notoriety, a pop culture rose around him in which he ultimately became an emblem of insanity, violence and the macabre. Helter Skelter was later used by Manson prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi as the title of a book he wrote about the Manson murders.
The Release of the Album
A 26 year old independent record store co-owner Manuel Vasquez who is also a pen pal of Manson has released a record of largely unheard Charles Manson songs, after running a successful online fundraising campaign to sponsor the effort. Contributors who donated had the opportunity to have their name associated with the record. Vasquez, who was not alive when the "Manson family" terrorized Southern California in the late 1960s with its "Helter Skelter" killing spree, said he wanted to produce the album because he believes Manson’s Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial was violated. Vasquez was quoted as saying "This project is not about death, drugs,1969, etc... It is about MUSIC." Vasquez said he has received some hate mail since the release. His parents tried to talk him out of being involved with the record at all.
The music is said to have a strong county feel to it and is minutes 45 long with all original music that the public has never heard before. It is said to be flying off the shelves at $18 each. Some of the music dates back to 1980. On the record you will hear him singing and playing guitar and also reciting some poetry and spoken word type stuff. He sounds like an old blues or a raw country singer. Manson will not receive any money from the sale of the album.
Where is Manson now?
Manson is now 77 and is serving a life sentence for conspiracy in connection to the murders of Sharon Tate and Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. Sharon Tate was pregnant at the time of her murder. Charles Manson of the infamous Manson Family reportedly gave his personal blessing to Vasquez's effort but will not receive any proceeds from the sales. The proceedes of the record will go to.
This is not the first time that Mansion has had his music recorded. Guns ‘N Roses recorded one of his songs and only Axel Rose and one other band member performed during the song. The other two refused to participate. Guns ‘N Roses were highly criticized for recording Manson’s song. Songs by Mansion were also recorded by the Beach Boys and Marilyn Manson.
There is a youtube video encouraging fans to support the project that plays one of Charles Manson’s songs. The lyrics include the lines:
If this prison yard could talk
What a story could be told
Of the things I'd seen that would make
A strong man's blood run cold
A California prison panel earlier this year denied parole to Manson for the 12th and possibly final bid for freedom. His next parole hearing will be in 15 years when he would be 92.
Should Manson’s music be heard?
Do you think that Charles Manson’s music should be heard? The young people of today have so many bad influences in music do they need another? Do we need people who are impressionable to hear music from a mass murderer? By releasing the album do you feel we are idolizing of glorifying Charles Manson?
I personally feel that Charles Manson is in prison for conspiracy to murder and has given up all of his rights to be heard, even in music. By releasing this album it seems as if he is being rewarded in some way. How do you feel? Please jot me a note below…