The history of music is filled with musicians who are
affectionately referred to as cult artists. These are individuals who may have
never achieved commercial success, but they have a loyal following.
Charles Manson is the rare example of a cult artist who was a literal cult
Despite the acts of evil carried out by the "Manson
Family", there continues to be a perverse fascination with the notorious
criminal. Part of what added to the curiosity was his musical output. On March
6, 1970 he released his debut album Lie: The Love and Terror Cult while
being held on first degree murder charges.
Even though mainstream success alluded him, several
musicians cited themselves as fans of his music. In his biography Waging Heavy Peace, Neil Young made the
following statement about when he first met Manson at the home of The Beach
Boys’ Dennis Wilson: “His
songs were off-the-cuff things he made up as he went along, and they were never
the same twice in a row. Kind of like Dylan, but different because it was hard
to glimpse a true message in them, but the songs were fascinating. He was quite
artists recorded tunes composed by Manson. Who knows, maybe if Manson never
listened to The Beatles’ White Album his music career would have been
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