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MANSON: Music from and Unsound Mind

Updated: Nov 23, 2022

(available on Prime)

FTC Rating: 3.5 out of 5

The 1960s produced musical icons such as the Byrds, the Beach Boys, the Beatles…and Charles Manson?? Part music history, part true crime, this short format documentary explores the music of Charles Manson and his connection to a few big players in the LA music scene.


-Features an interview with Dianne Lake, author of “Member of the Family” (see previous FTC recommendation for a full review)

-Discusses the California music and drug scene

-Great collection of archival footage from the 1960

-Contains clips of original recordings


-This is a niche subject matter within the greater Manson narrative. It would be better suited as part of a more in-depth docuseries than a standalone feature.

-Limited variety of interview subjects

Final Thought:

-I absolutely love music history, especially of the 60s and 70s, and this greatly increased my enjoyment of the documentary. If this subject matter isn’t of interest, perhaps skip this one as it only provides a brief overview of the life and crimes of Charles Manson and his Family.

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