Sordidness Tracker, Episode 49

June 30, 2015

You Must Remember This often contains wild tales from Hollywood’s colorful past, so much so that it can become difficult to keep track of all the sordid details while you listen to it and pretend to be working, parenting, paying attention to the road, etc.  Now, there’s help.  As you listen to Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Episode 5: Kenneth Anger and Bobby Beausoleil, this handy Sordidness Tracker will help you follow who was doing what to whom.

Actual Manson Family body count: Hard to pin down, but upwards of 35 if you’re to believe the girls.

Viking goddess dreams (non-Lebowski): Dreamt (Beausoleil).

Nicknames given by Bobby Beausoleil to himself: Two (Lone Eagle, the Angel of Disobedience).

Origin of the “k” in Aleister Crowley’s “magick”: Greek, vaginal.

Camera Obscura vice busts: One.

Rocket fuel inventors who blow themselves up: One (Jack Parsons).

Kenneth Anger book about Hollywood sleaze that may or may not be entirely factual: Available from Amazon.

Acid-fueled film screenings: Held.

Does Karina Longworth imitate Charles Manson: No.

Who does imitate Manson: Nate DiMeo, host of The Memory Palace podcast.

And Beausoleil: Sam Zimmerman.

And Anger: T.S. Faull.

Communes overtaken by Dweezil Zappa’s dad: One.

Items used by Anger in lieu of paying Beausoleil money to act in Lucifer Rising: Food, shelter, an Aleister Crowley walking stick, gobs of pure LSD.

Attempts at Pentagon levitation by Anger: One (failed).

Attempts at angering Norman Mailer by Anger: One (successful).

Impossibly cool rock stars hanging with Anger: Two (Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page)

Number of wives in Beausoleil’s teepee: Four.

Number of pet hawks in Beausoleil’s teepee: One.

Influential ’60s bands Beausoleil was involved in: Two (Love, the Mothers of Invention).

Fake Black Panthers murdered: One.

Murders committed by fake Black Panthers: One.

Items stolen from the late Gary Hinman: Bagpipes, a VW bus.

Also mentioned: Mickey Rooney, homoeroticized Hell’s Angels, and the one thing that scares Kenneth Anger.