Thursday, August 6, 2009

1969 Revisited

Not only did we just celebrate the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, but it is also the 40th anniversary of another auspicious event that occurred in 1969--Woodstock. Michael Lang's book is the story of how those three days of peace and love and music came about.

It was also the 40th anniversary of the Manson murders.

Charles Manson - Helter Skelter and Beyond is a biography of Charles Manson, the infamous convict charged with murder and conspiracy to murder in the late 1960's. Manson formed and led the "Manson Family" to heinously commit the Tate-LaBianca murders. Helter Skelter, a reference to a Beatles song, is forever connected to the Manson murders; but by his own account, Helter Skelter was a term Manson used to predict and produce an apocalyptic racial war between whites and blacks. Charles Manson and the Manson Family murders have become a symbol of evil, bloody violence, and the macabre.

NPR had a list of racy reads from that landmark year from their special series Three Books, which features great reads on a single theme. Click here.

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