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Rehabilitation of Thomas Mark Crites front cover

The Rehabilitation of Thomas Mark

"Everyone knew I had it coming, even me."
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Noise Receptor Journal: Archive Vol 1

Noise Receptor Journal: Archive Vol 1

The global post-industrial underground scene, with a focus on the dark ambient, death industrial, heavy electronics, power electronics, genres of
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More Sex, Better Zen, Faster Bullets

More Sex, Better Zen, Faster Bullets

Hong Kong films ripped through kung fu stereotypes in the 80s/90s. Here's the definitive tome on stunt hazards, pistol ballets,
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My Favourite Dictators

My Favourite Dictators

I’m personally against seeing my pictures and statues in the streets, but it’s what the people want.
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Suburban Grindhouse

Suburban Grindhouse

Part memoir, part film criticism, this book looks at the affect New York and New
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Spectrum Compendium

Spectrum Compendium

A rare insider's view of the post-industrial music underground.
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Wisdom of Stupidity

Wisdom of Stupidity

It’s bloody awful but it will make you laugh.
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The Beatles, or the 'White Album'

The Beatles, or the ‘White Album’

A unique take on the Beatles and their most controversial and divisive LP, reflecting the true
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Blood Sucking Freak

Blood Sucking Freak

For fans of old Times Square and midnight, cult, horror, and exploitation movies.
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I Am The Dark Tourist

I Am The Dark Tourist

Why would anyone want to visit sites touched by death in the first place?
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Bleeding Skull!

Bleeding Skull!

Jam-packed with rare photographs, advertisements, and VHS sleeves (most of which have never been seen),
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Xeroxferox

Xeroxferox

The first and final word on the story of the horror film fanzine -- a
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Fight Your Own War

Fight Your Own War

The first book devoted to power electronics, written by artists, fans, and critics.
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Noise Receptor Journal: Archive Vol 1

Noise Receptor Journal: Archive Vol 1

The global post-industrial underground scene, with a focus on the dark ambient, death industrial, heavy
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Killing for Culture

Killing for Culture

“I thought I was desensitized. I’m not. No hope for humanity… I feel like my
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Spinegrinder

Spinegrinder

One opinion; 8,000 reviews (or thereabouts).
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Top 3: Thriller episodes

Top 3: Thriller episodes

Do you like your horror homely? JENNIFER WALLIS picks her top three Thriller episodes and considers their nostalgic and aesthetic appeal. If you’ve exhausted your stock of DVDs and watched everything ... Read More

WEIRD SCENES

Laurel Canyon in the 1960s and early 1970s was a magical place where a dizzying array of musical artists congregated to create much of the music that provided the soundtrack to those turbulent times. Members of bands like the Byrds, the Doors, Buffalo Springfield, the Monkees, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, along with such singer/songwriters as Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, James Taylor and many others, lived together and jammed together in the bucolic community nestled in the Hollywood Hills.

But there was a dark side to that scene as well. Many didn’t make it out alive, and many of those deaths remain shrouded in mystery to this day. Far more integrated into the scene than most would like to admit was a guy by the name of Charles Manson, along with his murderous entourage. Also floating about the periphery were various political operatives, up-and-coming politicians and intelligence personnel — the same sort of people who gave birth to many of the rock stars populating the canyon. And all the canyon’s colorful characters — rock stars, hippies, murderers and politicos — happily coexisted alongside a covert military installation.

Read the full story in Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon, by David McGowan, the sensational best-selling book from Headpress.