Published on September 6th, 2012 | by Daniel0
A Store Owner in LA has Received Hate Mail for Releasing the New Charles Manson Album
Selling Manson records is probably not a good idea right now…store owner gets a nasty shock.
He is a pathological narcissist, who is almost universally reviled as being evil but Charles Manson is not beyond creating a stir even today. A LA store owner has been sent hate mail following news that he was going to release the new album by the convicted murderer who was a famous singer-songwriter in his past life. His notoriety has been immortalized in movies and folk legend. Languishing in prison with little prospect of being released, Manson still has the power to raise the public conscience.
- A bad decision and bad publicity: Apparently Manuel Vasquez became friends with Charles Manson. He then turned to Kickstarter in order to raise enough money to put out the 40-minute album. Its title is typically arrogant and dismissive. ‘Just Fucking Around’ is not the contrite musing of a convicted criminal but rather a defiant message to the world.
The new album features tracks that were performed by Manson. This is the man who was behind a string of brutal murders in the Los Angeles area way back in 1969. One of his victims was the pregnant actress Sharon Tate. To this date his has never been forgiven for the slayings and the new album is going to pour salt on old wounds.
Why and how was the record released?
At the moment there are 500 copies waiting for the limited circulation. When he was asked about the record Manual Vasquez admitted to the LA Times that he had received some hate mail following his decision. Apparently there are many people who cannot fathom why he would like to associate with such a reviled person and his music. Although this has been marketed as ‘new’ music, the album was recorded in the 1980s at the California Medical Facility which is located in Vacaville.
The artwork for the album has a geometric design which was done by Charles Manson himself. There is also a drawing of the celebrity criminal with a fellow inmate at the Cochran State Prison. Six songs and poetry are accompanied by commentary from the singer. Vasquez says that it is really low-fi mono stuff. He admits that this is not going to be a popular album and that probably the music is an acquired taste. However the record seems to be selling fast and Vasquez is even thinking of coming up with a second press!