I first heard of Ed Sanders early in high school when the local "fine arts station" played music by his band, The Fugs, on their Saturday night program,...more
Sanders not only understood the music and hipster scenes of LA and SF that Manson tried and failed to make it in; he also investigated and documented the truly scary world of LA occultism in the 1960's. The Manson Family was just the most hard-scrabble and violen...more
Sanders is a talented writer, and came up with some great pieces of slang that had a sort of Beat-vibe to them, befitting a man who ran around California in the late 60s as a poet and a musi...more
It is. Sanders recounts the tale of the Family in such a way that the real horror of their actions is underlined sharply yet without melodrama. I don’t think I’ve read Bugliosi’s book but I would imagine, coming from an attorney, it’s pretty cut and...more
Unfortunately, what Sanders apparently failed to do was shape these notes into a readable narrative. The book careens haphazardly from one topic to another – and much of what is described relates only loosely the...more
When I was nine, during the trial, Manson jokes had achieved the critical mass of having their own formula. I remember kids at baseball practice telling jokes that involved the Black Panthers, dune buggies, and race war, and that very much sided with Manson's fantasy of surviving race war with the Panthers by going underneath ground, in a midwestern cave system analogous to Goler Wash and Death Valley.
Ed Sanders got caught up in the hippie countercultural ugliness, and this book is a far from ne...more
Writing Style: 4/5
Whoa, whoa whoa. Thank you Ed Sanders for writing this book.
If you know me, I'm a huge Manson researcher. I am very interested in Charles Manson, his family, and how it all came to be, and played out. You could almost call me a 'Manson Expert'. If you also know me, you'd know that I am an advocate for the parole of Leslie Van Houten, a family member, who in my opinion, should no longer be in jail. Oh, but I could go on about that. Let's stick to the book!
Sanders was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He dropped out of Missouri University in 1958 and hitchhiked to New York City’s Greenwich Village. He wrote his first major poem, "Poem from Jail," on toilet paper in his cell after being jail...more