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Because, you know, that is the kind of thing that globetrotting ex-Marines did in those days (as well see soon enough when we take a look at another Laurel Canyon luminary).Making up the other half of Laurel Canyons First Family is Franks wife, Gail Zappa, known formerly as Adelaide Sloatman. Gail herself had once worked as a secretary for the Office of Naval Research and Development (she also once told an interviewer that she had heard voices all [her] life).
Over the course of the next three-and-a-half years, millions of tons of bombs, missiles, rockets, incendiary devices and chemical warfare agents will be dumped on the people of Vietnam in what can only be described as one of the worst crimes against humanity ever perpetrated on this planet. By April 1965, fully 25,000 uniformed American kids, most still teenagers barely out of high school, will be slogging through the rice paddies of Vietnam. Within months, the hippie/flower child movement will be given birth there, along with the new style of music that will provide the soundtrack for the tumultuous second half of the 1960s.
It will quickly be followed by releases from the John Phillips-led Mamas and the Papas (If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, January 1966), Love with Arthur Lee (Love, May 1966), Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention (Freak Out, June 1966), Buffalo Springfield, featuring Stephen Stills and Neil Young (Buffalo Springfield, October 1966), and The Doors (The Doors, January 1967).
One of the earliest on the Laurel Canyon/Sunset Strip scene is Jim Morrison, the enigmatic lead singer of The Doors.
His contribution will be twofold: first, he will co-organize (along with Manson associate Terry Melcher) the famed Monterrey Pop Festival, which, through unprecedented media exposure, will give mainstream America its first real look at the music and fashions of the nascent hippie movement.
Second, Phillips will pen an insipid song known as San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair), which will quickly rise to the top of the charts.
And so it is that, even while the father is actively conspiring to fabricate an incident that will be used to massively accelerate an illegal war, the son is positioning himself to become an icon of the hippie/anti-war crowd. During the early years of its heyday, Laurel Canyons father figure is the rather eccentric personality known as Frank Zappa.