MTR posted a chilling interview with Dennis Wilson from December 1968 in which he talked about his involvement with Charlie Manson. This was roughly 8 months before the famous murders. If you magnify the image, you can read the following last few paragraphs:
"I live in the woods in California, near Death Valley, with 17 girls. They’re space ladies. And they’d make a great group, I’m thinking of launching them as the Family Gems."
How did you come to meet up with 17 girls?
"It happened strangely. I went up into the mountains with my houseboy to take an LSD trip. We met two girls hitch-hiking. One of them was pregnant. We gave them a lift, and a purse was left in the car. About a month later, near Malibu, I saw the pregnant girl again, only this time she’d had her baby. I was overjoyed for her and it was through her that I met all the other girls.
I told them about our involvement with the Maharishi and they told me they too had a guru, a guy named Charlie who’d recently come out of jail after 12 years. His mother was a hooker, his father was a gangster, he’d drifted into crime but when I met him I found he had great musical ideas. We’re writing together now. He’s dumb, in some ways, but I accept his approach and have learnt from him. He taught me a dance, The Inhibition. You have to imagine you’re a frozen man and the ice is thawing out. Start with your fingertips, then all the rest of you, then you extend it to a feeling that the whole universe is thawing out…”
Are you supporting all these people?
"No, if anything, they’re supporting me. I had all the rich status symbols — Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, home after home. Then I woke up, gave away 50-60% of my money. Now I live in one small room, with one candle, and I’m happy, finding myself."
Thanks to aquarium drunkard for enabling a new song obsession for me. I think this Dennis Wilson tune is gorgeous and am somewhat outraged that legal disputes seem to have kept it off the reissue of his Pacific Ocean Blue record.
must watch video of Dennis Wilson’s “Lady”