the rock and roll conspiracy

Lets pretend that the fictionalized account you are about to read never really happened…

What would you do if you were a pivotal figure in government, say… the president and there was social unrest amongst the masses?  Not only that, but it seemed the media was also turning against your policies, views and perhaps even your moral integrity.  What if the war the country was involved in (the one in which you said you had a secret plan for victory during your political campaign) suddenly became a “quagmire”, “a stalemate”, or “unpopular” with the populace?  And support against your political career began to grow? And the people started coming together;  happily, apolitically, bipartisan… against you?

The Monterey Pop Festival of 1967 was held at the zenith of what has been called the Summer of Love.  It involved some of the biggest names in entertainment history almost exclusively made up of anti-war enthusiasts.  Behind the scenes organizing the event were members of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys.  It was the first of its kind and involved over 200,000 people.  So successful was it that there were no crimes of violence reported, no drug overdoses, no arrests.  In fact the chief of police was quoted as saying that he had encountered more problems in PTA meetings.  As support grew for the participants before, during and after the festival by the young, socially conscious people opposed to the status quo;  government officials took notice. 

Here were rock stars with millions of adoring fans speaking out against the war, against the political machine, against the authority of government.  Rock and roll was mobilizing it’s listeners all over the world to take charge by peaceful, benevolent means.  There was a movement to make a change in society so that future generations would not learn war anymore.  The Devil’s music had a cause after all, much to the chagrin of the powers that be who tried to discredit it.

Shortly after Monterey, Otis Redding was killed in a plane crash in Wisconsin just shy of his 27th birthday.  He was one of the performers at Monterey and headed for a blossoming career before his untimely death.

Brian Jones, one of the founding members of the Rolling Stones and a key figure behind Monterey, died on July 3rd, 1969.  He was 27 years old.

Jimi Hendrix, who made his American debut at Monterey, died on Sept. 18th, 1970.  He was 27 years old.

Janis Joplin, who was catapulted to super star status because of Monterey, died shortly thereafter on Oct. 4th, 1970.  She was also 27.

Were all these tragic deaths just an amazing coincidence or were they somehow tied to some Monterey Pop Festival vendetta by political opponents?

LMW 28IF is probably the most famous license plate in history.  (Linda McCartney Weeps.  28 years old IF he had lived.)  Were the rumors surrounding Paul McCartney’s death just a hoax designed to stimulate the public with free publicity?  Or was it an attempt to outwit the authorities and bring out into the open an attempt on his life that now would be thwarted because of media scrutiny?  Paul was 27 at the time, and also on the board that helped organize the Monterey Pop Festival.

Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, another board member for Monterey, suffered a mild nervous breakdown around 1969 that nearly ended his career, was also just 27 years old at the time.  Still a coincidence?

The thing about conspiracy theories beyond the what if…? mentality is the thought process that goes into them in the first place.  There is a labyrinth of different leads, evidence and thoughts as to what happened and why to those sixties icons that were introduced into an irony that no one could have foretold.  The 27 club.

Jim Morrison, though not a part of Monterey, died on the second anniversary of Brian Jones death, (talk about an amazing coincidence)  July 3rd, 1971.  He was 27.   His long time girlfriend, Pamela Courson (who found Morrison dead in his bathtub) died a few years later of a heroin overdose, she also was 27.

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, died of a self inflicted gunshot wound in 1994 and was, you guessed it,  only 27 years old.

Yes, the government has kept an eye on rock stars, from Elvis and John Lennon to Bono and Dave Matthews.  Has there been an effort to silence them as a national security risk?  As long as we have the freedom of speech, the freedom to inquire, the freedom to speculate and the freedom of expression whether on paper, media or the Internet… what is the harm in asking?  If the answer is in the ridiculous venue, are we afraid of the ridiculous?  I don’t think so.  Or if somewhere out there is the remote point of possibility to that of which we inquire… are we afraid of that admission?

“Have you seen your brother, baby, standing in the shadows?”  the Rolling Stones.


2 Responses to “the rock and roll conspiracy”

  1. Jack Cray Says:

    Yes, there is a conspiracy to kill anyone that would diminish the power of the state, absolutely. There’s plenty of evidence about JFK, King, Robert Kennedy, 911 and of course John Lennon’s assassination. The Illuminati who controls every Western democracy, will do anything to keep their control and remain hidden.

  2. What I Have Written, I Have Written « advantages of mutual respect and fair play Says:

    […] of theories, but I don’t think they were all that far-fetched, considering the subject matter.  And you must agree with me to a certain point, because this topic remains one that still receives […]

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