Another pretty sure sign that your favorite band was victimized by MK ULTRA is if they appeared on any of the Lollapalooza tours that wound their way across America starting in the 1990′s. They were modern day Woodstocks with easy access to LSD, freak shows,nihilism and the most popular CIA manufactured musicians of the day. The whole Lollapalooza thing was supposedly the brainchild of Perry Farrell who was born Perry Bernstein and lived a pretty much normal childhood for an MK ULTRA victim. His mother killed herself when he was three and he regularly receives visits from aliens and accepts the wisdom and messages they bring. Evidently, the aliens (aka MK ULTRA) told him to recruit certain bands and then go across the country as sort of a drug induced, freak show from town to town. Here’s a list of some of the more famous bands that have performed at various Lollapalooza tours; Jane’s Addiction, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Living Color, Nine Inch Nails, Fishbone, Ice T, Rollins Band, Butthole Surfers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ministry, Ice Cube, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Primus, Alice in Chains, Tool, Rage Against the Machine, Front 242, Smashing Pumpkins, Beastie Boys, George Clinton, L7, Green Day, The Black Crows, Sonic Youth, Hole, Cypress Hill, Sinead O’Connor, Beck, Metallica, Ramones, Rancid, Melvins, Prodigy, AudioSlave, Queens of the Stone Age, Kanye West and many others. Again, if you take each band and start to do some research, you will probably start to see the connections.
Let us again take a look at a couple performers from Lollapalooza Shows. Henry Rollins and Rollins band performed at the first festival, I know that because I was there and I was a huge Rollins fan. However, armed with the knowledge of MK ULTRA and hindsight, things look a tad different. Henry was from DC home of many MK ULTRA bases. He wrote that when on tour, when the band slept in a hotel, he found it better to sleep alone in the darkened truck that carried their equipment. Possible hints of sensory deprivation seem evident here. When he lived in Redondo Beach CA he spoke of an incident where he walked into his darkened apartment as a stranger was shooting his roommate. After he killed his roommate, this stranger supposedly looked at Henry and then left. This sounds something like how MK ULTRA slaves are terminated, usually in front of other victims for the intended effect of discipline. Besides hardcore music he also wrote poetry and did spoken word shows that usually consisted of him going off on a particular subject for an hour or two. Masturbation, homosexuality and his hatred of cops were some of his favorite topics. He held nothing back, told you every single gruesome detail of his life, much like MK ULTRA slaves are trained tape recorders that take in every tiny bit of sensory information so they can repeat it later. He, like most hardcore musicians who hate the media, went on on to become a successful actor/tv personality. One day he is sleeping in the back of a darkened truck by choice and the next year he is in a hot tub on MTV talking about playing a cop in a movie. The very fact that in one minute he can hate Hollywood with every fiber of his being and the next minute he IS a Hollywood, whore, means he had little choice in the matter evidently.
Following Rollins on stage was Ice T and Body Count, Ice T was a street wise drug dealer, turned rapper, turned hardcore musician who hated cops, sang songs glorifying killing cops and then, of course, went on to become a successful actor known by millions of viewers as…a cop! Anyone see a pattern here? Two street wise hardcore musicians who hate cops and the system suddenly mature and both play cops on TV. Sure, it could happen organically i guess, but what are the odds?
Nine Inch nails played the first festival also and we have touched briefly upon Trent Reznor who was signed to a NYC record company that has been embroiled in legal problems since it was created. He then makes it huge and then help Marilyn Manson top the charts recording AntiChrist Superstar in the former home of Sharon Tate. After that, Trent took a bit of a Sabbatical while Manson climbed the charts. Years later a very bitter and somehow rather untalented Trent Reznor reappeared and has continued making very forgettable music, almost as if he has somehow lost his magic touch. This is a common theme found throughout this sordid story, the beginnings may not be pretty but the endings are usually downright ugly.
Metallica was started when the bass player, Cliff Burton, convinced the rest of the band to relocate to right across the Bay from the Presidio, home of MK ULTRA in SF, (also see Stanford Research Institute in Palo Alto!) Then a sudden move to NJ and then fame. Of course, Metallica has become a household name but not before Cliff died on tour in an accident that could only happen in a movie. You see, apparently a card game took place with the winner getting his choice of bunk and Cliff just happens to draw the Ace of Spades and wins. Then, sleeping on the top bunk the bus suddenly slides on ice that was first reported but then never reported to exist again. Either way, the bus tips and somehow Cliff is thrown thru the small window of the bus at a rate faster than that of the bus tipping over as he somehow beat the bus to the ground and was crushed by it. As often happens in these situations, the bus is lifted halfway and then dropped upon the body that had somehow flown thru a window and beat the bus to the ground on a road in temperatures above freeing with no ice described by anyone but the driver. Rick Rubin produced a couple albums and they lead the industries fight against Napster and win. Sounds normal to me.
Queensryche - Mindcrime
In fact, if you follow the Rock Opera written by Queensryche “Operation Mind Crime” one finds a very MK ULTRA’ish story woven in the lyrics. A naive kid is brainwashed to kill for the system and fed drugs until he is needed while a nun who is also abused is in on it too. The story begins and ends in a mental hospital and relates many different themes that all touch upon MK ULTRA. Yet another coincidence I guess.
Let’s go back to our discussion of Laurel Canyon for a moment. Following the musical outpouring of the 1960′s Laurel Canyon continued to be a secretive neighborhood of private winding roads in the Hollywood Hills. The houses have been reported to have a labrynth of underground caverns that wind their way who knows where. A white supremacist group has it’s headquarters on the hill and most of the properties are written with such restrictive covenants attached to the deeds that only certain people are able to buy the property and live there. If the residents of Laurel Canyon do not want you there, you will not be there for long and if they want you there, you will probably end up there. Here’s a list of some of the more famous inhabitants of Laurel Canyon; Jennifer Aniston, Christina Applegate, Zach Braff, David Byrne, Neve Campbell, Eric Burdon, Adam Carolla, David Carradine, George Clooney, Alice Cooper, David Crosby, Shannon Doherty, Cass Elliot, Will Ferrel, Errol Flynn, Jimi Hendrix, Boris Karloff, Anthony Kiedis(RHCP), Carol King, KD Lang, Timothy Leary, Marty LeNoble(bassist for Porno For Pyros, Jane’s Addiction, and The Cult), Steve Martin, Alicia Silverstone, Bella Lugosi, Marilyn Manson, Mark McGrath, Joni Mitchell, Keith Moon, Tom Morello, Patty Duke, Buzz Osbourne(Melvins), Gram Parsons, Iggy Pop, Trent Reznor, Keith Richards, Nicole Richie, The Rolling Stones, Paul Rothchild(Producer), Rick Rubin, Meg Ryan, Keisha, Slash, Dusty Springfield, Danny Sugarman (manager of the Doors), John Taylor(Duran Duran), Justin Timberlake, Orson Welles, Peter Wentz(Fall Out Boy), Frank Zappa and Francis Farmer. Again, if many of these names don’t immediately ring an MK ULTRA bell in your head then I am not doing my job. Between Rick Rubin, Lollapalooza and Laurel Canyon we have a veritable who’s who of famous MK ULTRA victims. Each one has a story and each one somehow ended up hidden in the Hollywood Hills like many others before them.
A good rule of thumb for trying to find MK ULTRA victims in the music industry from days gone by is to look for the classic signs. Drug abuse, strange behavior, multiple personalities, early deaths and the like. For example, while researching El Duce of “The Mentors” I was immediately reminded of the famed GG Allin who seemed to fit MK ULTRA perfectly. He was a man who when, performing live with his band “The Murder Junkies”, was known for committing almost any act onstage. He would expel bodily fluids and eat them, smash himself bloody with a bottle, beat people senseless and act like a raging psychotic until the show was usually closed down by the authorities. When GG found himself in jail he responded by recording spoken word tapes over the phone and released those to his fans. GG was named Jesus Christ Allin at birth much like the mother of Rev. Jim Jones, GG’s dad had a vision his son would be a great man. After promising to kill himself on stage a couple of times GG finally OD’d after a long night of partying and destruction. Of course his manager was rumoured to work for the CIA and according to GG himself, his manager disappeared to South America where he was probably raping teenage boys. If GG Allin didn’t have any connection to MK ULTRA I would be completely astonished.
As you can see, it isn’t hard to think about those bands that fit the MK ULTRA mold exactly. For example, now that we know more about MK ULTRA, does the dynamic of Axl Rose and Guns N Roses start to make some sense? A small town kid in Iowa hops a bus to LA and is famous beyond belief in a couple years then has various classic meltdowns as the years progress. Is anyone really surprised to find that Slash would be living in Laurel Canyon? Stone Temple Pilots Scott Weiland’s inner demons seem very MK ULTRA’ish if you think about it. Ozzy Osbourne anyone? One minute you think he is almost dead and the next he is jumping around and singing like a madman, almost like he was programmed to do that. Keith Moon of The Who lived in Laurel Canyon and died young. In fact, I am amazed that one of Kurt Cobain’s favorite people, Buzz Osbourne from the Melvins lives in Laurel Canyon. (I should have seen it coming but it still hurts to have read it. Say it ain’t so!)
The gov’t has had been controlling Hollywood for decades now. Anyone remember the PMRC and the senate hearings? What was that really all about?
In 1985 the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) was started by four “Washington Wives”. Tipper Gore, the wife of soon to be VP and inventor of the internet, Al Gore, the wife of the treasury secretary James Baker, a DC city councilman’s wife and the wife of a powerful realtor. The stated goal of this group was to inform parents of the things contained within the music. They tried to accomplish this by parading artists, lyrics and album artwork before congress. They even released “The Filthy 15″ songs which just so happened to contain many bands that have some ties to MK ULTRA. This group of Hollywood wives somehow picked some of the most obscure acts to present to congress and many argue, if not for the PMRC, many of these “obscene” groups would never be as popular as they were. Of course, the groups targeted by the PMRC were not chosen at random nor were the musicians who testified. Basically, we were all duped by the gov’t and were willing pawns in their game. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look a back at that wonderful time.
Looking back, most people remember the senate hearings like this, a bunch of middle aged white conservative Christians shoved their values down the throat of America’s youth and were promptly told to “go to hell” very eloquently by Frank Zappa. It was basically a Twisted Sister Video without the music or Dee Snider, oh wait, Dee Snider was there too! The rock stars calmly told off those out of touch middle aged Republicans and the kids got their music. That pretty much sums up the whole episode. Anyone remember the result of all these hearings? Stickers were put on albums deemed “dangerous” and everybody went home happy. Anybody want to guess what happened to most of the bands paraded before congress or with the new labels on their albums? The sales went through the roof, for some reason,if a bunch of middle aged white people tell kids not to listen to a certain band, it actually causes these young people to seek the band out simply to disobey. Who would have thought that huh? Reverse psychology at it’s best. Also, Tipper Gore was the face of the committee, the wife of the extremely liberal Democratic former VP Al Gore. Everyone blames Christian republicans for the PMRC but it’s face was the wife of one of the biggest admitted leftists in America. Ever wonder how that wonderful sleight of hand works? Let me explain how this whole fraud went down.
Marilyn Manson and Anton LaVey
Back in the mid 1980′s the CIA had numerous operatives across the country actively starting and signing bands with MK ULTRA victims who were programmed with various motifs. The Nazi motifs were grouped into metal, punk and white power music, satan motifs were used in metal and goth, the creature that was GG Allin and his ilk (El Duce) were created for shock bands.
Now, how can the gov’t market these extreme artists to the kids? Well, if you know anything at all about a teen, it’s obvious that reverse psychology is probably the best technique. Kids will do things they don’t even like doing if they think it’s making their parents mad! So, four DC wives are recruited to bring these obscure bands to the attention of America in an attempt to save the children. You know, like somebody publishing the blueprints of a bomb in an attempt to keep people from making one. The CIA knew that once a bunch of middle aged white people started to lecture kids about their music, the kids would HAVE to hear this “evil music”. To put the cherry on top, the kids idol’s actually got to tell off congress on TV, it was every teen’s dream come true and following the hearing the sales of these bands skyrocketed. In fact, the warning labels simply became advertising for the kids, most teens wouldn’t buy an album unless it has one of the warning stickers. Of course, this was planned all along, now Slayer, King Diamond, Venom, WASP, twisted Sister, Motley Crue and even Prince were somehow involved in this huge scheme. (I know what you are thinking, but Prince is such a normal guy, who would think he has been mind controlled?!)
Of course, if the CIA got to push their extreme views on America’s youth what was in it for the businessman? Well, record sales now went through the roof, concerts, videos, etc. The music industry was on top of the world, MTV played videos and everyone was getting rich. After the senate hearings metal and rap bands flourished under the warning stickers and soon Nirvana and the Seattle scene would hit. Years later when Napster was about to make record companies extinct, groups like Metallica suddenly abandon the mosh pit and become the spokesmen for the corporations. If Metallica was really an underground metal band loved by the fans, they could easily distribute their own music, merchandise etc and keep all the money rather than getting merely a fraction of what the record companies actually make off of them. Suddenly, the kings of metal team up with the corporate lawyers and go after fans using Napster? Metallica peaked with Cliff on bass in my opinion and after he was somehow killed off, the rest of the band were actually the puppets they sang about. Maybe that explains why their first few albums were lyrically and musically complex while everything since has been Motley Crue; Metallica style. (But I digress.)
Another common theme that used to confound me was the number of musicians who were famous for being anti god and government suddenly renounce that lifestyle and do a 180 degree flip and become a minister or born again. For decades I always wondered how a person could simply flip a switch and become the exact opposite of everything they once were. However, now that I am aware of the existence of MK ULTRA and it’s ilk these seemingly random transformations aren’t really so random. Remember, the gov’t needs a way to keep a slave “occupied” until they are needed. Extremist groups are the perfect place to place those under mind control as they are all mostly run by the gov’t anyways. I know, this is starting to sound like crazy science fiction but it’s all based on science. They have studied the human mind and have figured out how to break it and reshape it through decades of trial and error originating with the Nazi’s. Watch an old video of Hitler giving a speech, notice the way the event is carefully framed right down to placement of the camera, stage, banners and colors. Watch his gestures as he speaks. Now, turn your TV up to the high numbers and watch some born again preachers speak. Notice the similarities in the presentation. Next, turn on the State of the Union Address and do the same. It’s no coincidence that many famous MK ULTRA bands use video screens during a performance. Agents make sure LSD and Extasy are readily available, the musicians play the music as images are flashed upon the screen during the show. An entire crowd can easily become hypnotized without having the slightest idea it is happening. Jane’s Addiction, Nine Inch Nails, Pink Floyd, U2, etc. all use this technique. In fact, video screens are at almost every venue nowadays and you can bet they show more than just footage of the show. But back to the born again Christians, there are certain popular branches of Christianity today that have been founded by the CIA and it’s operatives. I won’t go pointing any fingers at the moment but if you carefully watch the popular preachers of the day and look at some of imagery contained in their symbols you will understand. Like the old adage about a VH1 Rockumentary, you always know that somebody will get fat, someone will find God and someone will be dead. Once your original mission is complete doesn’t mean you can’t be reprogrammed and held in check to serve another purpose. The victim will accept this new role just like all those musicians back in the 1960′s who somehow flocked to the hills of Laurel Canyon, like lemmings simply following orders. You don’t think, you just act.
This is a common theme found throughout this sordid story, the beginnings may not be pretty but the endings are usually downright ugly. Once an artist is no longer needed, they are disposed of. Somehow, around the age of 27, also called the “Age of Enlightenment” a person starts to mentally mature and the mind programming no longer works properly. This doesn’t always happen at age 27 and it varies on it’s intensity with each person, however, suffice it to say, once you reach the age where the programming isn’t working, you are either reprogrammed and your job changes or you are simply thrown away or killed. Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones, Paul McCartney, Mama Cass, Amy Winehouse etc. etc. Most of these victims have been such since they were young when the mind is most apt to fracture when tormented. They have made the system a lot of money and once they are no longer useful they will be thrown away for you see, the life of fame is fleeting and illusion. It only exists for a brief moment of time and it’s all controlled and shown to us in such a way that we think the party goes on forever. But it doesn’t and it didn’t. The party that many of us are still living never actually happened the way that we think it did. But in the end, knowing all of the truth and all of the ugliness, can you honestly say any of this shocks you? Somehow, I think, we all knew that Fighting for our right to party was silly but we did it anyways because we were young and we believed the lie. And in the end, is that really such a terrible thing?