Not Fade Away: Will CHARLES MANSON’S DEATH finally close The Book on THE SIXTIES?
According to the flotsam and jetsam washing around on the World Wide Web, it appears that the Sixties Last Superstar, Charles Manson, is about to have his final fifteen minutes of fame.
According to RADAR Online Manson is in critical condition and back at Corcoran State prison waiting for The Grim Guy to come a knockin’.
Over the weekend there were reports that Manson had been taken to a hospital in nearby Bakersfield but was to weak and frail to undergo surgery for an “unspecified” condition.
Earlier today the New York Daily News reported Manson to be in “failing health”.
Manson and his “family” of followers rocketed to stardom in August of 1969 with the grisly murder of Hollywood starlet Sharon Tate and four others in her Beverly Hills home.
Just two weeks later the Sixties hit their apogee with the rain-soaked hippiefest at Woodstock only to see the decade crash and burn three months later at the notorious Altamont Free Concert headlined by the Rolling Stones and memorialized in the documentary Gimme Shelter.
Manson’s passing is sure to unleash a media feeding frenzy not only about Manson’s career, but also about the times which spawned him.
Like the proverbial “bad penny”, the Sixties have found a way of continuing to turn up for fifty years.
Maybe, just maybe, when the decade’s premiere Monster Under the Bed passes we can finally allow The Age of Aquarius to slip off into The Great Beyond with him.
But probably not….