Charles Manson Recordings on New Album

LA shop owner releases music the killer made in 1980s

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 4, 2012 6:20 PM CDT

(Newser) – The owner of a Los Angeles shop has put out an album of music made by Charles Manson—with the killer's blessing, reports the Los Angeles Times. Manuel Vasquez, 26, says he has sold about 200 copies of the album, which features six "low-fi, mono" songs Manson wrote and performed on guitar in the 1980s. Manson doesn't get any of the money.

"I've gotten some hate mail from it," says Vasquez. "People say they don't understand why I'd want to associate myself with this or why I would be interested in releasing it." So why is he? "I usually tell people that the perspective they have of Manson is what he was convicted for in 1969, not for what he became in prison." Vasquez learned of the bootleg tape of the music a while back, finally got hold of it last year, and raised money to produce it via Kickstarter.

This April 4, 201,2 file photo provided by the California Department of Corrections shows Charles Manson.
This April 4, 201,2 file photo provided by the California Department of Corrections shows Charles Manson.   (AP Photos/California Department of Corrections, File)
Charles Manson in 1986, about the time he made the recordings.
Charles Manson in 1986, about the time he made the recordings.   (AP Photo, File)
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