1971: Prosecutors at Charles Manson’s murder trial play a recording of the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter,” in deference to the rumor that Manson saw the band’s “White Album” as a blueprint for violent revolution.
I hate to actually celebrate this date in the history of rock n roll. Mostly because , in my opinion, it marks the end of the hippie movement and the idea of the counter-culture.
Charles Manson and his followers committed horrific acts and were outspoken members of the counter-culture. It gave the media and the government a reason to declare the non-violent movement a complete failure.
Unfortunately they were right.
We lost the momentum. Between the acts of the Manson family, The killing of a guy named Meredith, who I previously reported was a girl. (thank you for the correction Alan) at The Stones Altamont concert and the Kent Sate killings in 1970. The peaceful 60’s came to a violent end.
Onward to the 70’s. The me generation, the bubblegum, prog rock, soft rock, disco era.
It wasn’t until 1976 that things got interesting again.
Although, 1972 proved to be a great year for the emergence of Bowie, T. Rex and the glam rock that I grew to love.