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DING DONG CHARLIE MANSON IS DEAD!

We’re not in Wonderland anymore Alice

-Charles Manson

 

Maybe we can all sleep a little more sound knowing that yesterday marked the passing of one of the world’s most notorious criminals – Charles Manson.

Infamous for bringing a dark turn to 1969’s Summer of Love co-ordinating a string of horrific murders in the Hollywood Hills of 7 highly influential and well-to-do victims including the heiress to the Folger coffee fortune, owners of a successful grocery chain, and iconic beauty – actress and model Sharon Tate.

You could say 8 victims total if you include that Tate was pregnant.

While he never committed any of the murders with his own hand – there is little doubt that his cult-like hold on his followers was so powerful that he was able to control and manipulate seemingly ordinary people to do some of the world’s most vicious atrocities using his strange magnetic quality, and the help of psychedelics like LSD.

{THROWBACK: “The Night Roger Sterling took LSD with Angela’s Mom from ‘My So Called Life’}

The three women also charged in the murders have all given chilling accounts of the murders, as well as the hold Charlie had over them.

{read Susan Atkin’s account of the murders from December 14, 1969}

And whilst Manson and his black witches were put away, they were spared the death penalty when it was deemed unconstitutional in California in 1972- Manson still garnered countless followers and fans who worshipped the man like a God. Most recently he was even engaged to a 20-something woman named Star, only later to call it off when it was revealed to him that their relationship was a ploy to acquire his body and set up a Lenin-esque tomb in Los Angeles after his death to make money.

All across the internet you can buy merch featuring his face and words, countless best-selling books about the man, his cult, and their crimes, successful feature films, and even an NBC series ‘Aquarius’ featuring the handsome Gethin Anthony as the cult-leader. 

Most recently the popular FX series American Horror Story featured a scene in their latest season ‘CULT’ depicting Evan Peters telling his own followers about the legend of Charles Manson and the murders that incited his revolution. This episode aired only less than two weeks before his death, in a strange twist of fate with Peters also doubling as Manson, and series stars Sarah Paulson, Bilie Lourd, and Leslie Grossman as Susan “Sexy Sadie” Atkins, Linda Kasabian (granted immunity for her testimony at the trial), and Patricia Krenwinkle – California’s longest serving female prisoner.

Personally it felt a bit like a gross glamorization of a horrific act, and a bit of a gratuitous showcase of violence (which is very AHS these days), and the thought that these twisted fuckers could get any kind of glorification from something like this was disgusting.

We’ll post it here, and let you decide:

Then it was announced that Charles Manson was dead, and somehow it seemed like a door had been closed on all that, and maybe we can feel good that some strange twisted energy has been depleted from this world.

Or maybe, its only out there running rampant looking for its next conduit….either way:

Ding Dong Charles Manson is DEAD!

 

We collected some fascinating headlines from the murders and trials, and thought they made for a unique visual of the horror and terror these seemingly simple-minded and harmless people brought onto this world.

His legacy will live on for better or worse, and if there is one thing we can learn from Manson is that evil truly does exist in this world, and we can never underestimate its reach. He may have indeed incited some kind of wickedness when you consider all the messed up things that have begun to avalanche in our society.

 Also, never underestimate a starving artist scorned!

 

From the world of darkness I did loose demons and devils in the power of scorpions to torment.
-Charles Manson

 

Until we meet again,

{theEye}

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What Will Happen on Mad Men Season 6?

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It’s been a long winter without them, but lucky for us they are back!!!

Mad Men Season 6 finally airs tomorrow night with a special 2-hour season premiere, and all of our favorites back in the swing of their slick, stylish, roller-coaster lifestyles.

So many things happened Season 5, so if you need, there is a sweet video update on the AMC website. Also, expect a lot of surprises and plenty of changes (most especially the hair-dos!).

The cast and crew haven’t revealed much, but we definitely have a ton of questions about where this season will take us, like –

WHAT IS GOING ON WITH DON DRAPER?!

Mad Men Don

Last time we saw Don he was recently married to Megan, handsome as ever, in a sweet downtown pad, and a little down on himself for his cheating ways. How will things turn out for him with that? Will it only get worse? Some shots have emerged of Don and Megan on vacation in Hawaii, but knowing their relationship, things are likely to become volatile on a dime (remember when he left Megan at the Howard Johnson?)

Definitely looking forward to seeing his new office in the brand new space they purchased at the end of last season.

WHAT IS GOING ON WITH MEGAN DRAPER?!

Mad Men Megan

Megan, the vivacious, ex-secretary turned copywriter, young wife of Don Draper was last scene on the fancy set of a commercial she landed, and with her exquisite French beauty, chances are she really will make it as an actress. Or, she may just find herself floundering. Who really knows. Definitely looking forward to her new Priscilla Presley-style hair-do!

Hopefully there will be some new Zsou-Bisou, Bisou . . .

WHAT IS GOING ON WITH SALLY DRAPER?!

Mad Men (Season 5)

Last time we saw Sally she had her period, kissed a boy, and started to look and act like a really cool young woman. Let’s hope she keeps it up. Or maybe she’ll get pregnant. That would be a shocker . . .

WHAT ABOUT ROGER STERLING?!

Mad Men Roger

Last season we witnessed Roger Sterling tripping. Literally tripping – on LSD, with Angela Chases’ mom. And he pretty much took to it for the rest of the season, to the point it ripped apart his marriage with Jane. LSD is just one of those things. It didn’t seem to stop him, however, as it seemed to give him a whole new perspective on the way he looked at life. I guess, we’ll just have to stay tuned to see how this new perspective on life affects him this sixth season.

WHAT ABOUT JOAN ?!

Mad Men Joan

Last season Joan was left with a baby, and got back her job at Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Price. She had to deal with some crazy shit, but that didn’t stop this brassy ginger bombshell. Does anything ever? She seems to have secured them a pretty sweet new office space (two stories high), so there will be plenty of things (and people) for her to put into place.

WHAT ABOUT PEGGY?

Mad Men Peggy

Peggy has got herself set up at a new agency, with her own office, and higher paying salary. Everything should be good, but she still has a bit of questioning in herself going on. On top of that, her strange relationship . . . Peggy will probably one of those characters they really have fun with this season.

It’s always fun to see her make mistakes, and try to be as cool as everyone else around her.

AND WHAT ABOUT BETTY???!!!

Mad Men Betty

If anyone forgot, Betty Draper was FAT. Like fat suit, fat. Fat. Fat. Fat. She was doing weight watchers, and trying to watch what she ate, and slowly but surely she was getting a hold of her awkward eccentricities, that she had previously tried to ignore or weigh out. I think she’s gonna come back this season hotter than ever, and probably bitchier too.

Mad Men Season 6 Promo Pictures

I guess the answers to our questions are just 24 hours away, and if you want to know, make sure to tune in for the special 2-hour season premier on AMC at 9/8c ! ! !

Can’t wait to analyze and pick apart this entire new season, so stay tuned for plenty of ‘Mad Men’ goodies!

Until next time!

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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Music Minute: “HARE KRISHNA”

Hare Krishna! Been meaning to post this for a while, but haven’t got to it….

The last episode of Mad Men featured a hilarious twist involving the infamous religious cult that made huge ground in the 1960s, as well as another twist involving an equally infamous religious cult known as Star Trek!!! 

You definitely gotta see it, but for now, enjoy this musical ode to sensory exploration, and Hare Krishna too! Definitely, an amazing scene to enjoy on this bright sunny afternoon.

Sincerely,

{THE EYE}

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Music Minute: The Beach Boys “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times” (1966)

“Yeah. I had taken a few drugs, and I had gotten into that kind of thing. I guess it just came up naturally”

-Brian Wilson

Here’s a fantastic Music Minute for all you fellows and friends out there yearning for that something out there. Some people might recognize it from “Far Away Places”, featured on AMC’s “Mad Men”. The song is the perfect song for all days. Especially, if like us, you are constantly finding an aversion to most of the world.

Now heralded as one of the Best Albums of All Time (#2 by The Rolling Stones OUT OF 500!!!), and one of the single most influential albums of the 60s, “Pet Sounds” still resonates today with a harmony of feelings on longing, love, lust, and loss.

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Sadly, on reception the album was not as heralded as it is now being today. The album would reach #10 on the Billboard 100 in the States to the band’s dismay. However, the album would be a huge success in the UK reaching #2 on the LP Charts. The Brits always seem to have such great taste and foresight!

Many music scholars and aficionados have accredited Wilson and the album for the beginnings of psychedelic rock. Author of “Turn on Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock” J. DeRogatis writes:

Along with Revolver and The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators, Pet Sounds is one of the first psychedelic rock masterpieces with its artful experiments, psychedelic lyrics, and new sounds on guitars, organs, pianos and other instruments. Pet Sounds created worlds that only existed on tape and which couldn’t necessarily be duplicated on stage, even with the help of an orchestra. The resulting album is a touching plea for love and understanding. While psychedelic drugs inspired the Beatles to look at the problems in the world around them, they made Brian Wilson turn his attention inward and probe his emotional longings and his deep-seated self-doubts

So whether you are a prep, beat, punk, prankster, or just plain cool – look inside yourself a little, and try to understand that blasted beating of your heart.

Don’t have a long day. Pass away with this.

Sincerely,

{[THE EYE]}

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A “Trip To Bountiful” or “The Night Roger Sterling Would Take Acid With Angela’s Mom From ‘My So-Called Life'”

Talk about “Far Away Places”, one of the latest episodes of AMC’s premier show “Mad Men” actually featured two of the show’s main characters hanging out with Angela’s Mom from “My So-Called Life” and embarking on an LSD vacation (to help the marriage, of course)!

We’ve seen them drink, dope, and dose before on the show, always bringing the true moods of the times has become paramount to the show . The year is 1966, and while many of us would associate acid trips and LSD with Woodstock and the hippie movement, the development of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide and the exploration of its properties were anything but psychedelic at this point.

LSD, or Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, was first synthesized in 1938 by Dr. Albert Hoffman in Switzerland.  It wouldn’t be until five years later, Hoffman would unwittingly take the drug himself experiencing the first-ever “trip” . . . EVER!!!

Bicycling home, Hoffman would recall breaking down and believing he had been poisoned by the LSD – also, that his neighbor was in fact a witch! So you can imagine his distress…

The CIA would infamously use LSD as a form of mind control in a series of experiments involved in the controversial Project MKULTRA. This covert project was uncovered by a reporter in 1977 using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) unveiling that covert units performed series of tests on American and Canadian citizens throughout the 1950s into the 1970s (maybe beyond…spooky, right?!) that included administering LSD for series of days (up to three months) and experiments in electro-shock therapy.

In fact, LSD was also being actively administered to individuals on pharmaceutical levels throughout the 1950s by various doctors around the world. The treatment of many clinical problems such as addiction, anxiety, depression, and a plethera of other psychological “disorders” were being treated with the on set side effects of the drug – the “trip”.

Once administered by a physician, whom himself has taken trips himself up to 40 times (for safety), an individual was let alone to their own vices, often times experiencing life altering epiphanies and self discoveries along the way.

Cary Grant was one such individual who swore by the miracle drug. This wasn’t something kept hidden from the public as many celebrities do presently with various addictions, but was part of a scheduled exercise between himself as a patient of psychiatry. Problems aren’t problems like they are for a man like Cary Grant who praised the techniques and results used to achieve such epic self realization.

As Grant explained in 1959 of the New York Herald Tribune:

“I have been born again. I have just been through a psychiatric experience that has completely changed me … I had to face things about myself, which I never admitted, which I didn’t know were there. Now I know that I hurt every woman I loved. I was an utter fake, a self-opinionated boor, a know-all who knew very little. Once you realize that you have all things inside you, love and hate alike, and you learn to accept them, then you can use your love to exhaust your hate … You can relax … Then you can do more than you ever dreamed you could do … That moment when your conscious meets your subconscious is a helluva wrench. You feel the whole top of your head lifting off.”

It would seem Grant had little aversion at all to talking about it, and quickly appearing in interviews and stories for The London Daily Mirror, The LA Times, and other national publications including a hilarious bit in Ladies Home Journal and Good Housekeeping headlining “How LSD Changed Cary Grant’s Private Life” to America’s housewives and bolting LSD and psychological transformation into public consciousness.

Grant wouldn’t be the only movie star to take the “trip”- other famous “patients” included James Coburn, Clare Booth Luce, Charles Brackett, and even the million dollar mermaid herself- Esther Williams who said that:

“This LSD trip … explained so much about my life’s script … [It was] such a breakthrough for me.””

Bet you never would have thought!

Hundreds of books were also written about the subject- all in hopes that LSD had the key. The magic cure to the impossible! The answer to all the meaning of one’s life necessary. Unfortunately, no sooner did the trend for LSD therapy catch on as it was quickly halted by the outlawing of LSD October 6, 1966 after nearly 40,000 patients treated by the psychedelic and literally thousands of scientific studies on the now illicit substance.


Good thing Roger and Jane caught on seemingly months before it’s demise from clinical and psychiatric care. Though still illegal, there are handfuls of individuals who would argue for LSD and its benefits. After all, every man must at some point come face to face with himself, and if life is a journey, having the ability to harness in on elements of your being is powerful. So if LSD can truly facilitate an out of body experience, and the journeyman is of sound mind, no doubt the results could be fantastic.

Recently Dyan Cannon has described her life with Cary Grant, and his obsession with LSD. Her account also includes many eyebrow-raising details of the matinee idol, we otherwise would never have guessed.Just as we always say at The Eye of Faith-  “Everything is not always as it seems”, and so is the case with the seemingly cavalier Grant.

Not surprisingly, the doctors prescribing their methods to Cary Grant were eventually apprehended for their own misuse of the psychedelic drug they had been prescribing. However, this did not stop the fascination with the psyche, and the undeniable portal LSD was giving people into their mind.

It’s powerful stuff potent enough to make someone legitimately go crazy. But, you gotta love how Roger handles his experience. You could almost imagine Roger having a Cary Grant penis rocket ship blast-offing from Earth kind of trip, but the Sterling actually pulls it off from beginning to end, and seems genuinely refreshed from his voyage of discovery.

John Slattery adds great panache and humor to the role, as he always does, and as surprising as it seems, is one of the most probable characters to be put in this situation. Poor Jane, always misunderstood and painfully misguided, if only LSD was really the answer to everything. At least they give her a great sense of style.

Totally feeling the Cleopatra inspiration on Jane’s hair, a very popular movie that was released in 1963, but received a shit load of publicity and press due to Liz’s mood swings and passionate affair with co-star Richard Burton.  There probably wasn’t a shred of paper that didn’t have a story on the now infamous production. Good to see it rubbing off, as it seems most things in magazines do- LSD included.

And if you haven’t seen the episode yet, you got to! Definitely award-worthy on all accounts! Just what everyone loves from the talented team at “Mad Men”. AMC has the clip of Roger and Jane taking acid, so click here if you dare.

Really had a lot of fun writing about this one! Never thought the day would come I could watch Roger Sterling take acid with Angela’s mom. I’d say, things are pretty sweet!

Would love to hear your take! It’s really cool how context shapes perception. The kid definitely seems happy, so what’s the deal?!

Would you take LSD with Angela Chase’s mom? Was Cary Grant totally off his rocker? What do you think? Let us know!

Sincerely,

{[THE EYE]}

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