In the 1980s, Beach Boy and onetime studio wonder Brian Wilson is broken, confused man, and under the 24-hour watch of a controlling psychotherapist, Dr. Eugene Landy. While shopping for a Cadillac, Wilson meets Melinda Ledbetter, a salesperson to whom he is evidently attracted. He secretly passes her a note on a business card: "Lonely. Scared. Frightened." Soon, he begins to tell her his story. [more inside]
In this episode we'll talk about Charlie Manson's arrival in Los Angeles, discuss Dennis Wilson's life and the role he played in enabling Manson's rock n' roll delusions, and explain how The Beach Boys came to record a song written by Charles Manson.