How did you get these recordings?
The most I can say is that it's from people that are close to him.
Did you get these recordings in Texas or California?
He's in Cochran Prison. Inland
California. I got them from people that are close to him and close to
the other band that split the EP.
How did you get to know these people?
Umm, It kinda runs with Ancient VVisdom. We were kinda showing them
to our friends. and one of our friends said there's these people that
have these Manson songs and they're trying to get the word out there.
Were you able to have any form of communication with Charles Manson?
had a lot of input on the release. I never got to talk to him directly.
I just talk to the people that were a liaison between me and him.
It was his choice to release the songs?
Yeah. The people that got it to me wanted to get out his message. There is a kind of meaning to all the songs.
Do you know the meaning behind the two songs?
of Life" kinda speaks for itself--it talks about being in prison and stuff
like that. It's kind of the same stuff he's been talking about for years, people
taking stuff like air for granted. The stuff with the Family is done.
He has this new group called the ATWA. "What Could I Do" talks about a
lot of things I think he used to enjoy.
When were these recorded?
The songs were recorded this summer over two times they visited him.
When did he write these?
I'm not sure, but he has a whole arsenal of songs. He's i9n solitary confinement so he has like 23 hours of the day.
You mentioned how hes not with the Family anymore. What's that all about?
think it's 'cause of how the media drew up the Family. I think pretty much
even when he was on trial, they kept saying "there was no Family." Some
people went to prison and all that stuff. And all the other people were
like "I wasn't a member of this Family," but I think it was an easy title
to give them at the time. Now they give themselves the name "ATWA"
'cause the Family has kinda cult taboo around it.
So it's the same group but a different name?
I wouldn't say it's the same group.
Is it similar?
kind of the people that follow what he says. But I think they are more
environmentally driven. A lot of the things they talk about, you can find
a lot of it online. Hes still got that anger he used to have. Now, though, it's
more directed towards those that are destroying earth. He hears about
what's going on. He heard about the oil spill.
Do you know if the group supports violent methods?
don't think they are a violent group. I think they want people to be
more educated. They feel like we aren't using our connected world to our
Do you have more songs by him?
It's in the
works. I already have a few, but we're seeing where were gonna go with
that. I think we're trying to collect a couple more before we go forward
Any chance of a full-length LP?
Hopefully. I know another music label, Magic Bullet Records that is releasing an LP. I believe its half spoken word, half music.