David McGowan posted update on his site of anticipated new book on Laurel Canyon. McGowan, a fan of the sixties although almost too young to fully appreciate decade, offers current opinion that Rock and Roll Revolution was almost an entirely contrived Psyop. For McGowan, it's a tough conclusion to settle with as a fervent fan of the music and era! McGowan feels sixties are tainted by what his research has revealed! Dave's latest update on book that has grown out of sensational series, "Inside the LC: The Strange but Mostly True Story of Laurel Canyon and the Birth of the Hippie Generation," follows below:
"There are, I can assure you, a number of new chapters that have been written - one on Frank Zappa and a couple of his more colorful discoveries (Captain Beefheart and Larry 'Wild Man' Fischer), one on Arthur Lee and his band Love, one on John Kay and his band Steppenwolf, and one on Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. There are also a number of new additions to the Laurel Canyon Death List. And some supplemental material concerning the death of young Godo Paulekas.
There is also a new chapter that takes a look at the punk and new wave scene that, in the late 1970s, began replacing the sounds of Laurel Canyon on the radio dial. And a new epilogue that reveals that Charlie Manson wasn't the only serial killer/mass murderer with curious ties to the Laurel Canyon scene. And a new preface that aims to accomplish two things: explain to readers how and why I came to pen this saga, and preemptively respond to potential critics. Also added is a forward written by my esteemed colleague, Nick Bryant, author of The Franklin Scandal.
None of that, however, will be making an appearance on this website, or on any other website. Instead, it will be incorporated into - drum roll, please - a Laurel Canyon book! I have been, you see, quietly working for some time now with a publisher in the UK. And what we have put together, I honestly believe, is a vastly improved telling of the Laurel Canyon story. In addition to all the new material that will be exclusive to the book, much of the previously posted material has been reorganized and extensively edited to improve the flow of this rather dark journey through what was supposed to be a hippie utopia. And both an index and a bibliography have been added to make this work a more valuable research tool.
The published version will carry a different title: Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon: Laurel Canyon, Covert Ops & the Dark Heart of the Hippie Dream. That's about all I have to report for now. As more information becomes available, such as a release date and a cover price, I will keep this page updated. Though I haven't yet discussed it with my publisher, it is possible that I may make a bulk purchase so that I can sell signed copies through this website. That though will depend on whether there appears to be a sufficient demand, so if you would be interested in obtaining a signed copy, drop me an email."
The present writer can't wait!