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Charles Manson writes Marilyn Manson an open letter from his prison cell

Charles Manson has sent Marilyn Manson an open letter from his prison cell. The rocker, whose real name is Brian Warner, took the latter half of his moniker from Manson's surname and his first half from actress Marilyn Monroe. A number of Manson's bandmates took similar stage names, with the likes of Twiggy Ramirez, Ginger Fish and Madonna Wayne Gacy also inspired in the same way. The postcard, which leaked online via Loudwire earlier this week, is largely abstract, but has a slightly threatening undertone to a number of its passages.

LA store owner receives hate mail for releasing new Charles Manson album

A Los Angeles boutique owner and producer has received hate mail after releasing an album of 'new' music from notorious imprisoned murderer, Charles Manson. Manuel Vasquez made friends with Manson and turned to Kickstarter in order to raise money to help put out the 40 minute album, Just Fucking Around, which features tracks performed by Manson, who was accused of being behind a string of murders in Los Angeles in 1969, including the slaying of pregnant actress Sharon Tate.

D Charles Speer & The Helix, “Leaving The Commonwealth”; Chris Forsyth, “Paranoid Cat”; D Charles Speer, “Arghiledes”

I have a good few mysterious records in my collection, as you can probably imagine. Among the more obtuse are a bunch by a shadowy New York collective called The No-Neck Blues Band. It’s not always easy to read these albums, since the band have an apparent disdain for even the most fundamental marketing expediencies. Often, their name is nowhere to be found on the package, replaced by a kind of glyph that, decoded, reads NNCK.

Jack Rose With D Charles Speer & The Helix: “Ragged And Right”

Something slightly uncomfortable about wondering how much music remains unreleased in the Jack Rose archives, following his passing at the end of last year. It’s scant consolation for his loved ones, I’m sure, that the rest of us are keen on getting unheard music from him for a while longer.

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