The Rock & Roll Twilight Zone with Richard Syrett

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The Rock & Roll Twilight Zone with Richard Syrett

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PSYCHIC SLEUTHS
00:45:01

Richard consults a panel of three psychics who consult with the spirit world in order to solve several great Rock 'n Roll mysteries:  Will Led Zeppelin ever reunite?  When will The Rolling Stones finally retire?  What happened to Brian Jones and Jimi Hendrix?  Why did Manic Street Preachers' lyricist and guitarist Richey Edwards vanish?  Is Tupac Shakur still alive?

GUESTS:

SLOAN BELLA: Born with psychic-mediumship abilities since birth, by the age of four Sloan learned to articulate nightly visits by other worldly beings, "aliens," and the spirits of those people who had crossed over.

By seventeen, Sloan was established as a professional psychic-medium, while deeply entrenched in the street, music vibe, while reading for everyone from Gregory Hines to Don Adams, as well as a large clientele which included street kids and runaways, teachers, musicians, businessmen, actors, strippers, Congressmen, housewives, athletes, and anyone who needed help. Sloan's abilities at one point were even sought after by the head of a major crime family. Sloan was always connected to the other side and one of the most unusual connections was her Mediumship communication with the late Jimi Hendrix, who guided her and aided her work on the streets of Toronto and Hollywood, as a "street psychic" with intuitive guidance to runaway and sexually-exploited children.

To this day, Sloan is still reading for people from every walk of life, and for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musicians who have relied on her medical intuitiveness along with intuitive guidance in every area of their lives. Sloan is a published author and former newspaper stringer writer on metaphysics.

 CRAIG HAMILTON-PARKER's career as a psychic medium has been closely associated with his family and wife Jane. Soon after they met, Craig gave up his career as chief executive for an advertising agency and Jane her job as a psychiatric nurse to pursue a career as mediums. To earn a living they gave private readings and Craig wrote psychic news columns and 15 books for the US publisher Sterling, including: What to Do When You Are Dead; Messages from the Universe; Mystic Journey to India.

Craig has also written extensively about dream interpretation. His book, The Hidden Meaning of Dreams, became a best seller and he has hosted the US TV show, Nightmares Decoded. Craig and Jane now spend their time spreading their messages of mystical awareness and survival of death.

SIOBHAN SMITH is a British medium who has been described by her peers as a genuine and bright spiritual light. Raised by Irish Catholic parents, she grew up in a haunted house. Siobhan, her sister, mother and grandmother were all able to see, hear, and feel the angry spirit in their home who tried for years to get them to move. In the 1980s, Siobhan’s older sister developed childhood leukemia. After she passed away, she reached out to Siobhan from the spirit world and gently pushed and prodded Siobhan to accept and develop her spiritual abilities.

 

Aug 15, 2018
The Beatles, Manson and the Summer of Helter Skelter
00:49:04

Richard speaks with a former Manson family member, a rock journalist, and the authors of two chilling biographies of Charlie Manson about the supposed influence The Beatles and their self-titled ninth studio album, aka "The White Album" had on Manson.  Did the McCartney composition, Helter Skelter, convince Manson and his followers that an apocalyptic race war was "coming down fast"? 

GUESTS:
Simon Wells  has written on film and music for numerous magazines and newspapers including the Guardian; The Times and The Independent. He is a regular contributor to Record Collector, Hotdog, TV Zone, Watch, Total Film, and the Beatles' Book; the group's official magazine. In addition to his writing credits, Simon has researched numerous projects for the likes of the BBC, Channel Four and Virgin, as well as broadcasting live on LBC, ITN and BBC on film and music. the author of numerous rock books, including  Charles Manson: Coming Down Fast

Diane Lake was the youngest member of The Manson Family.  She is the author of Member of The Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness that Ended the Sixties.

Adam Gorightly is a self-described 'crackpot historian,' and the author of several books, including The Shadow Over Santa Susana: Black Magic, Mind Control and The Manson Family Mythos.

Susan Masino been a rock journalist for over thirty years, and has written six books, including, Let There Be Rock: The Story of AC/DC which is now in 11 languages. She helped create and host the 94.1 JJO Local Stage radio show from 1997-2004. She appeared in the Van Halen DVD, The Early Years, and AC/DC Let There Be Rock-The Movie. Her latest book, AC/DC FAQ All That's Left to Know About the Worlds True Rock and Roll Band 

Aug 08, 2018
Alan Parsons Part 2
00:28:43

Part Two of an exclusive and candid conversation with British audio engineer, producer, composer Alan Parsons.  Parsons discusses his contribution to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, the phenomenon known as the Dark Side of the Moon and Wizard of Oz mash-up, and his work with The Alan Parsons Project.  Parsons also reveals details of his visit to Roswell, New Mexico where he and his wife learned some shocking news regarding the supposed crash of a UFO in 1947.

GUEST:  Alan Parsons was born into a family with an impressive history in entertainment. His great-grandfather was the celebrated actor/manager Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree. His mother was anactress, professional folk singer and harpist and his father, Denys Parsons, an accomplished
pianist and flautist as well as the author of many books. The late Oliver Reed, film actor was a cousin. His uncle, David Tree was also a film and stage actor.

Alan had dabbled with live performance in his late teens as a folk/blues acoustic player and as a lead guitarist with a blues band called The Earth in the late sixties in his hometown of London. (Their only album, Elemental surfaced recently and was released by Record Collector Magazine
in 2016.) But as soon as he landed a job at the famous Abbey Road Studios at the age of 19, it became clear that the world of sound recording was to dominate his career.

Abbey Road:
He was fortunate enough to work as assistant engineer on the last two albums
by The Beatles and after he qualified as a fully-fledged recording engineer, he went on to work with Paul McCartney and The Hollies among many others. But it was his contribution as engineer on Pink Floyd’s classic The Dark Side Of The Moon that really got him world attention. That soon led to striking successes as a producer – notably with Pilot’s Magic, John Miles Highfly and Music and Steve Harley’s (Come Up And See Me) Make Me Smile. He also produced the hugely successful Year Of The Cat album with Al Stewart and two albums with American prog rock band Ambrosia.

In 1975 he met Eric Woolfson who not only became his manager, but joined forces with Alan as a songwriting and performing partner for what became known as The Alan Parsons Project. The APP’s debut album, Tales Of Mystery And Imagination based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe paved the way for a signing to Clive Davis’ newly launched Arista label and a string of hit
albums, namely I Robot (1977), Pyramid (1978), The Turn of a Friendly Card (1980), Eye in the Sky (1982), Ammonia Avenue (1984), Vulture Culture (1985), Stereotomy (1986) and Gaudi (1987).

Aug 01, 2018
Alan Parsons Part 1
00:23:59

Part one of an exclusive and candid conversation with British audio engineer, producer, composer Alan Parsons.  Parsons discusses his early years as an assistant audio engineer at Abbey Road Studios; his contribution to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon; his father's skeptical inquiries into the paranormal.  Alan even weighs in on the Paul is Dead legend.

GUEST:  Alan Parsons was born into a family with an impressive history in entertainment. His great-grandfather was the celebrated actor/manager Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree. His mother was anactress, professional folk singer and harpist and his father, Denys Parsons, an accomplished
pianist and flautist as well as the author of many books. The late Oliver Reed, film actor was a cousin. His uncle, David Tree was also a film and stage actor.

Alan had dabbled with live performance in his late teens as a folk/blues acoustic player and as a lead guitarist with a blues band called The Earth in the late sixties in his hometown of London. (Their only album, Elemental surfaced recently and was released by Record Collector Magazine
in 2016.) But as soon as he landed a job at the famous Abbey Road Studios at the age of 19, it became clear that the world of sound recording was to dominate his career.

Abbey Road:
He was fortunate enough to work as assistant engineer on the last two albums
by The Beatles and after he qualified as a fully-fledged recording engineer, he went on to work with Paul McCartney and The Hollies among many others. But it was his contribution as engineer on Pink Floyd’s classic The Dark Side Of The Moon that really got him world attention. That soon led to striking successes as a producer – notably with Pilot’s Magic, John Miles Highfly and Music and Steve Harley’s (Come Up And See Me) Make Me Smile. He also produced the hugely successful Year Of The Cat album with Al Stewart and two albums with American prog rock band Ambrosia.

In 1975 he met Eric Woolfson who not only became his manager, but joined forces with Alan as a songwriting and performing partner for what became known as The Alan Parsons Project. The APP’s debut album, Tales Of Mystery And Imagination based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe paved the way for a signing to Clive Davis’ newly launched Arista label and a string of hit
albums, namely I Robot (1977), Pyramid (1978), The Turn of a Friendly Card (1980), Eye in the Sky (1982), Ammonia Avenue (1984), Vulture Culture (1985), Stereotomy (1986) and Gaudi (1987).

 

Jul 25, 2018
The Killing of Tupac
00:47:24

Las Vegas, Nevada's most famous unsolved crime- the murder of Tupac Shakur - is re-examined by a former crime reporter with the Las Vegas Sun, and a former LAPD detective and multi-agency task force.

GUESTS:
Cathy Scott a Los Angeles Times bestselling author, investigative journalist and blogger for Psychology Today, has written a dozen narrative non-fiction books.  Her work has appeared in New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Reuters, and The Las Vegas Sun. She is best known for penning The Killing of Tupac Shakur and Murder of a Mafia Daughter. Her lastest book is The Crime Book released by DK Books in May 2017.  She taught journalism for five years at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Recent TV appearances include, Dateline NBC, The Today Show and Vanity Fair's crime series.

Greg Kading is a former LAPD homicide investigator. He was the lead detective in the homicide investigations of rap icons Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. when the cases were reopened between 2006-2009. After his retirement he wrote a book that included all the new evidence that they had found during those investigations. That book later formed the basis for the documentary Murder Rap: Inside the Biggie and Tupac Murders (2015), which will receive a worldwide release on Netflix in the spring of 2016. Greg Kading is a retired LAPD detective who spent the majority of his career assigned to federal task forces investigating complex criminal organizations. Greg's field of expertise was drug, gang, and homicide investigations. In 2010, Greg retired from the LAPD's elite Robbery Homicide Division after 25 years of service.

In 2010, Greg published his book, Murder Rap: The Untold Story of the Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations. In 2018, the book was used as the basis for a limited scripted series on USA Network and Netflix; Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. Greg served as Co-Executive Producer on the project.

 

Jul 18, 2018
Smells Like Murder Part Two
00:41:55

Part Two of a two-part series. Did Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana, really commit suicide, or was he murdered? A Seattle-based independent investigative journalist who was the first to suggest homicide; the co-author of two books alleging Cobain was murdered; and a music correspondent/PR consultant sift through the evidence.

GUESTS:

Richard Lee is the creator of Now See It Person to Person: Kurt Cobain Was Murdered, his cable TV documentary on this homicide and related aspects of Seattle politics and policing. Lee visited the Cobain residence location on the day his body was discovered, and aired his first program only five days later, originally titling the programs “Was Kurt Cobain Murdered?”

 Lee began his efforts as a television journalist with a weekly series on Seattle politics and crime in 1993, Now See It Person to Person, which he then slightly re-tooled to focus on the Cobain homicide. This series of more than 600 editions is still seen locally in archival and new editions, and is becoming more widely seen online. With his website that began in 1995, Lee is something of an internet pioneer, probably the first American journalist to launch an independent investigative website of longstanding status. He is currently pursing appeals in a lawsuit that seeks to gain release of over 50 photographs from the Cobain crime scene and related documents, which he says will prove that the official investigation was fraudulent.

Max Wallace is a recipient of Rolling Stone magazine¹s Award for Investigative Journalism; he is also a documentary filmmaker. In 1998, he coauthored the international bestseller Who Killed Kurt Cobain? with Ian Halperin. In 2005 Wallace and Halperin co-authored Love and Death: The Murder of Kurt Cobain. He is also the author of Muhammad Ali¹s Greatest Fight: Cassius Clay vs. the United States of America, and The American Axis: Ford, Lindbergh, and the Rise of the Third Reich. His first documentary film, Too Colorful for the League, was nominated for a Gemini Award (Canada¹s equivalent of an Emmy). Max has been a guest columnist for the Sunday New York Times, and contributed to the BBC.

Eric Alper is the founder of Eric Alper PR firm after being the Director of Media Relations and Label Relations for eOne Music Canada for 18 years. Eric has been named to Billboard Magazine, Paste Magazine and The National Post's best on social media. He has over a million followers on Twitter and  over 20,000 fans on Facebook while ThatEricAlper now receives over 125,000 hits a week.  Past and current clients on the PR side include Bob Geldof, Judy Collins, Randy Bachman, The Cult, Merle Haggard, John Prine, Ringo Starr, Slash, The Wiggles, Bush, Steve Earle, Snoop Dogg, The Smashing Pumpkins, Ray Charles, Little Steven, Sinead O'Connor, Sesame Street among hundreds of others over his 20 years in the music industry.

Jul 11, 2018
Smells Like Murder - The Death of Kurt Cobain
00:33:30

Did Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana, really commit suicide, or was he murdered? A Seattle-based independent investigative journalist who was the first to suggest homicide; the co-author of two books alleging Cobain was murdered; and a music correspondent/PR consultant sift through the evidence.

GUESTS:

Richard Lee is the creator of Now See It Person to Person: Kurt Cobain Was Murdered, his cable TV documentary on this homicide and related aspects of Seattle politics and policing. Lee visited the Cobain residence location on the day his body was discovered, and aired his first program only five days later, originally titling the programs “Was Kurt Cobain Murdered?”

 Lee began his efforts as a television journalist with a weekly series on Seattle politics and crime in 1993, Now See It Person to Person, which he then slightly re-tooled to focus on the Cobain homicide. This series of more than 600 editions is still seen locally in archival and new editions, and is becoming more widely seen online. With his website that began in 1995, Lee is something of an internet pioneer, probably the first American journalist to launch an independent investigative website of longstanding status. He is currently pursing appeals in a lawsuit that seeks to gain release of over 50 photographs from the Cobain crime scene and related documents, which he says will prove that the official investigation was fraudulent.

Max Wallace is a recipient of Rolling Stone magazine¹s Award for Investigative Journalism; he is also a documentary filmmaker. In 1998, he coauthored the international bestseller Who Killed Kurt Cobain? with Ian Halperin. In 2005 Wallace and Halperin co-authored Love and Death: The Murder of Kurt Cobain. He is also the author of Muhammad Ali¹s Greatest Fight: Cassius Clay vs. the United States of America, and The American Axis: Ford, Lindbergh, and the Rise of the Third Reich. His first documentary film, Too Colorful for the League, was nominated for a Gemini Award (Canada¹s equivalent of an Emmy). Max has been a guest columnist for the Sunday New York Times, and contributed to the BBC.

Eric Alper is the founder of Eric Alper PR firm after being the Director of Media Relations and Label Relations for eOne Music Canada for 18 years. Eric has been named to Billboard Magazine, Paste Magazine and The National Post's best on social media. He has over a million followers on Twitter and  over 20,000 fans on Facebook while ThatEricAlper now receives over 125,000 hits a week.  Past and current clients on the PR side include Bob Geldof, Judy Collins, Randy Bachman, The Cult, Merle Haggard, John Prine, Ringo Starr, Slash, The Wiggles, Bush, Steve Earle, Snoop Dogg, The Smashing Pumpkins, Ray Charles, Little Steven, Sinead O'Connor, Sesame Street among hundreds of others over his 20 years in the music industry.

Jul 04, 2018
Was Michael Jackson Murdered?
00:42:03

Michael Jackson's sudden death in June 2009 is re-examined amidst recent allegations by his children, Paris and Prince,  that their father was murdered. Featured interviews include a journalist/author who attended Dr. Conrad Murray's manslaughter trial, and a close friend of Jackson's who has letter's written by Jackson which may reveal the names of his killers.

Guests:

Michael Jacobshagen is the author of Will You Be My Friend.
As a child Jacobshagen spent time on the move with Michael Jackson.
He met Michael Jackson the first time 1995 in Paris, the beginning of a friendship that stretched over years.

They visited the famous Circus Krone in Munich, stayed 1998 two weeks in that city, went shopping and spent private time together in hotel suites and elsewhere. When Michael Jackson roamed Europe on his legendary 1997 History Tour, he invited the 13 year old Michael Jacobshagen time and again to various cities his concerts took place in.  In his book, Michael Jacobshagen lets other fans participate and talks for the first time in detail about his marvelous experiences with Michael Jackson in a profoundly open and personal manner.

David Gardner is a former Daily Mail foreign correspondent and author of Murder, Lies, and Cover-ups; The Last of the Hitlers, an account of his investigation to track down the last living direct descendants of Adolf Hitler in the United States. He also wrote a biography of Tom Hanks and ran international news agencies in New York and Los Angeles. He was the first British print journalist into Baghdad during the first Gulf War and has covered four presidential elections during his twenty years in America. He lives in Laguna Beach, California, with his wife, Michelle, and their three children.  

Jun 27, 2018
Alien Rock
00:30:09

Richard explores the strange connection between famous rock musicians and the UFO/ET phenomenon. Are musicians being used to channel alien messages through their music?  Which rock stars believe they've been abducted by aliens?  One of the pioneers of surf rock, and two noted ufologists discuss the alien/rock connection.

GUESTS:

Merrell Fankhauser has led one of the most diverse and interesting careers in music. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and moved to California when he was 13 years old. Merrell went on to become one of the innovators of surf music and psychedelic folk rock. His travels from Hollywood to his 15 year jungle experience on the island of Maui have been documented in numerous music books and magazines in the United States and Europe. Merrell recently published his autobiography, Calling From a Star.

Merrell has gained legendary international status throughout the field of rock music; his credits include over 250 songs published and released. He is a multi-talented singer/songwriter and unique guitar player whose sound has delighted listeners for over 35 years. In the early 60s, Merrell led the instrumental surf group The Impacts who had a hit with their album titled "WIPE OUT", which was reissued in 1994 on Del Fi Records in the United States and in 1995 on Repertoire Records in Germany.

Grant Cameron became involved in Ufology in 1975 with personal sightings of an object which locally became known as Charlie Red Star. The sightings occurred in Carman, Manitoba. In the past few years Cameron has turned his research interests to the involvement and actions of the President of the United States in the UFO problem. He has made 20+ trips to the National Archives and most of the various Presidential archives looking for presidential UFO material.  He is the author of several books, including:  Tuned In: The Paranormal World of MusicUFOs, Area 51, and Government InformantsThe Clinton UFO Storybook: ET Politics in the White HouseManaging Magic: The Government's UFO Disclosure Plan

Michael Luckman (deceased) was the director of the New York Center for Extraterrestrial Research and founder of the Cosmic Majority, an organization that seeks to advance the views of the majority of people living on planet Earth who believe in UFOs, life on other planets throughout the Universe, the paranormal, the New Age and the sanctity of the environment. He authored Alien Rock: The Rock 'n' Roll Extraterrestrial Connection.

Jun 20, 2018
Altamont - Rock's Darkest Day
00:38:04

Richard and three rock journalists explore the tragedy at the free Altamont concert in northern California on December 6th, 1969 that resulted in the deaths of four young people.

Joel Selvin is an award-winning journalist who has covered pop music for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1970. Selvin is the author of the bestselling Summer of Love and coauthor, with Sammy Hagar, of the number-one New York Times bestseller, Red. He has written twelve other books about pop music, including Altamont: The Rolling Stones, The Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day.

 

Peter Wendel, based in the nation's capital, is a journalist by training doing stints with major D.C. media outlets, including Gannett News/USA Today and Congressional Quarterly. Peter founded SongMango.com in 2014 as an outlet for his passion for music, particularly live music. Peter has been to hundreds of concerts and festivals, like The Peach, The All Good, Mountain Jam and Lockn'. He's ridden legendary Grateful Dead runs from Ventura County Fairgrounds (CA) to Irvine Meadows (CA) from the Nassau Coliseum (NY) to the Boston Garden. Catch him out on tour!

Steve Hyden is the author of Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock, and Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Billboard, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Grantland, The A.V. Club, Slate and Salon. He is currently the cultural critic at UPROXX, and the host of the Celebration Rock podcast. He lives in Minnesota with his wife and two children. 

Jun 13, 2018
Were The Beatles a British Psychological Warfare Weapon?
00:36:41

Were The Beatles created as a psychological warfare weapon by British Intelligence?  RIchard speaks with a media scientist, a pop culture critic and a music journalist who discuss the merits of this fascinating and complex conspiracy theory.

GUESTS:

Nelson S. Thall is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on the science of communication/media and process analysis. His expertise has afforded him the opportunity to define law terms for the Federal Court of Canada and develop a television series with Dr. Timothy Leary. Bill Gates and Peter Lloyd invited Thall to contribute an essay to the book Webweaving. While a Graduate Student studying at the University of Toronto with Professor Marshall McLuhan, Thall became a McLuhan Protege and served as the President of the Marshall McLuhan Centre On Global Communications from 1990-1995. He has served on the Boards of Directors of Torstar, Stan Lee Media Inc., Peace Arch Films & Entertainment and other publicly traded media companies. He is a lecturer/author and has been a consultant to companies in the United States, Russia, Canada and Britain. 

Jay Dyer is the author of Esoteric Hollywood: Sex, Cults and Symbols in Film. He is the host of the JaysAnalysis Podcast/Esoteric Hollywood. He is also a regular contributor to 21stCenturyWire, Soul of the East and the Espionage History Archive. Broaching subjects as wide as satire, metaphysics, film analysis, theology, geopolitics, literature and history, as well as interviewing numerous prominent figures, Jay has authored hundreds of articles already read by millions in just the past few years. Jay is also working with Jay Weidner on a new television series for Gaia based on this unique approach to film. 

Dave Gerard is a Unix system administrator by day. His job includes keeping track of exciting new technologies and advising against the bad ones. He was previously an award-winning music journalist, and has blogged about music at Rocknerd.co.uk since 2001. He is the author of Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum & Smart Contracts.  He is a volunteer spokesperson for Wikipedia, and is on the board of the RationalMedia Foundation, host of skeptical wiki RationalWiki.org. Originally from Australia, he lives in east London with his spouse Arkady Rose and their daughter. Until he reinstalled the laptop they were on, he was the proud owner of six Dogecoins.

Jun 06, 2018
Pt. 2 The King Must Die -The Murder of Elvis Presley
00:42:17

In Part 2 of this two-part series,  Richard speaks with two authors who present their best evidence that Elvis Presley was murdered.

Guests:

Steve Ubaney is an American suspense author who re-investigates the deaths of famous people using newly discovered facts that debunk historical claims. His books deduce that some of history’s most famous deaths were actually murders.  He is the author of Who Murdered Elvis?

Dave Gardner is the author of Murders, Lies, and Coverups.  He is a former Daily Mail Foreign Correspondent and author of The Last of the Hitlers, an account of his investigation to track down the last living direct descendants of Adolf Hitler in the United States. He also wrote a biography of Tom Hanks and ran international news agencies in New York and Los Angeles. He was the first British print journalist into Baghdad during the first Gulf War and has covered four presidential elections during his twenty years in America. He lives in Laguna Beach, California, with his wife, Michelle, and their three children.

May 30, 2018
Pt. 1 The King Must Die - The Murder of Elvis Presley
00:32:23

In Part One of a Two-Part Series, Richard is joined by two authors who reveal startling evidence that Elvis Presley may have been murdered.  Although the official cause of Presley's death was ruled a heart attack, it has long been assumed the King died from an overdose of prescription drugs.  Forensic evidence, the findings of two toxicology studies and the testimony of two members of the autopsy team that examined Presley's body refute both of those scenarios.  Once natural death and accidental overdose are ruled out, that leaves one other possibiliity...murder.

Guests:

Steve Ubaney is an American suspense author who re-investigates the deaths of famous people using newly discovered facts that debunk historical claims. His books deduce that some of history’s most famous deaths were actually murders.  He is the author of Who Murdered Elvis?

Dave Gardner is the author of Murders, Lies, and Coverups.  He is a former Daily Mail Foreign Correspondent and author of The Last of the Hitlers, an account of his investigation to track down the last living direct descendants of Adolf Hitler in the United States. He also wrote a biography of Tom Hanks and ran international news agencies in New York and Los Angeles. He was the first British print journalist into Baghdad during the first Gulf War and has covered four presidential elections during his twenty years in America. He lives in Laguna Beach, California, with his wife, Michelle, and their three children.

May 22, 2018
Mr. Mojo Risin' Did Jim Morrison Fake His Own Death
00:37:55

Richard explores the  life and times and mysterious death of Jim Morrison, the charasmatic lead vocalist with The Doors.  Was that really Jim's body that Pam found in the bath tub in their Paris apartment, or was it a doppleganger? 

Guests:
Alan Graham is Jim Morrison's former brother-in-law. He was married to Jim's younger sister, Anne, beginning in 1966.  He is the author of I Remember Jim Morrison.

R. Gary Patterson was known as the Fox Mulder of Rock.  He was a noted Rock historian and the author of Take a Walk on the Dark Side: Rock 'n Roll Myths, Legends, and Curses.

Adam Gorightly A certified "crackpot historian" and 23rd degree Discordian, Adam Gorightly has been chronicling fringe culture in an illuminating manner for over two decades. An active contributor to the ‘zine revolution of the late ’80s and early ’90s, Adam’s byline was a familiar sight in many cutting-edge mags. His articles have appeared in numerous publications such as The Excluded Middle, UFO Magazine, Paranoia, SteamShovel Press, and FourTwoFour, the largest soccer magazine in Great Britain. He is the author of Happy Trails to High Strangeness: A Conspiracy Theorist's Tour GuideThe Beast of Adam Gorightly: Collected Rantings, 1992-2004

May 16, 2018
Sink Like a Stone - The Drowning of Brian Jones
00:46:13

Richard explores the suspicious "drowning" death of Brian Jones, founder of The Rolling Stones.  Jones' lifeless body was found at the bottom of his swimming pool at his home in East Sussex, England on July 2nd, 1969.  Several weeks prior to his death, fellow Stones Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Charlie Watts showed up at Jones' house and kicked him out of the band.  At the time of his death, Jones was surrounded by a cast of suspicious characters, most of whom were with him at Cotchford Farm during his final hours.  Did Jones drown as a result of an asthma attack, or some other hidden medical condition?  Was it due to excessive drinking and drug taking?  Or, was Jones the victim of foul play, possibly even murder?

Guests:

Geoffrey Giuliano is the author of some thirty internationally best selling books on the Beatles, John Lennon and other iconic musicians of the 1960’s. In 2006 his book, Paint It Black: The Murder Of Brian Jones'  was made into a film by Stephen Woolley and Nik Powell entitled, ‘Stoned / The Wild & Wicked World Of Brian Jones.’ It remains a cult classic and the only film bio of the Rolling Stones.

LISTEN TO GEOFFREY'S ROOTS OF ROCK RADIO

 GEOFFREY'S AUDIO BOOKS

Giuliano is also a veteran journalist having written for dozens of high profile newspapers and magazines including; The Sunday People, The Daily Mail, The News Of The World, The Mail On Sunday, Playgirl and Rolling Stone.

A noted film actor, Giuliano starred in such movies as ‘Vikingdom’, ‘Scorpion King 3’, ‘Jules Verne’s The Mysterious Island’, ‘The Fifth Execution’, ‘Far Cry 3’ ‘Fire Fire Desire’ among many. In addition, he hosted the long running North American syndicated radio series, ‘Geoffrey Giuliano’s Roots Of Rock’ for five years, as well as pioneering the audio book industry in the 1990’s by authoring, narrating and producing over 250 original, non-book based, interview driven productions. Giuliano’s publishers included Random House, Harper Collins, Delta Entertainment, Durkin Hayes, Playaway Audio, Speech Works and B&B Audio – among dozens more internationally. In 1998 Random House acquired his firm, Tribute Audio, for which Giuliano acted as CEO and publisher for five years. His best selling audio book, ‘That Fateful Night / True Stories Of Titanic Survivors In Their Own Words’ was nominated for a Grammy. In 2014 Geoffrey Giuliano founded Icon Editions and G2 Media Arts to market his updated works as well as publish new projects.

Paul Spendel is a Dutch freelance copy writer. He also researched and co-authored (with Terry Rawlings) Brian Jones - The Final Truth: The Murder of a Rolling Stone. Currently, Paul and his British counterparts are working on a documentary about Brian's death to be released in 2019.

APPEARANCES:
Bill Wyman  is an English musician, record producer, songwriter and singer. He was the bass guitarist for the English rock and roll band the Rolling Stones from 1962 until 1993. (Bill Wyman audio courtesy of G2 Media Arts)

 

May 09, 2018
Johnny Horton's After-Death Communication
00:28:11

Did country-folk-rockabilly legend Johnny Horton predict the exact circumstances of his own death?  Did he reach out to his friends Johnny Cash and Merle Kilgore from beyond the grave, not once, but twice? 

On this episode, Richard explores the strange premonitions and after-death communications of the singer, songwriter, best known for his version of The Battle of New Orleans and his other historical saga songs, North to Alaska and The Sinking of the Bismark.

 

GUESTS:

Jim Harold is among America's most popular paranormal podcast hosts. With his free programs, The Paranormal Podcast and Jim Harold’s Campfire, Jim has developed a loyal following over the last 13 years that spans the globe. After over a decade of working on the business side of media, Jim decided it was time to dust off his broadcast training and step back behind the mic. A lifelong interest in the paranormal, combined with his love of broadcasting and technology, have resulted in some of the most successful podcasts of their type to date.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Communication Theory and Methodology and is accredited as a Certified Digital Media Consultant by the Radio Advertising Bureau. Jim has also had the opportunity to teach at the university level. Each of his five books have been #1 supernatural best sellers on Kindle at various times. Check out his best-selling True Ghost Stories series of books.

Micah Hanks
Since an early age, Micah Hanks has held a long fascination with the more unique scientific mysteries this world has to offer. A self proclaimed (but not self-righteous) skeptic, Micah works as a writer and researcher, as a well as a radio personality whose work addresses a variety of unexplained phenomena. Over the last decade, his research has taken him into studies of the more esoteric realms of the strange and unusual, as well as cultural phenomena, human history, and the prospects of our technological future as a species as influenced by science.

He is author of several books, including Magic, Mysticism and the Molecule, Reynolds Mansion: An Invitation to the Past, and his 2012 New Page Books release, The UFO Singularity. Hanks is also an executive editor for Intrepid Magazine, and consulting editor for FATE Magazine and The Journal of Anomalous Sciences. He also writes for a variety of other publications including UFO Magazine, Mysterious Universe, and New Dawn. Hanks has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs, including National Geographic’s Paranatural, the History Channel’s Guts and Bolts, CNN Radio, and The Jeff Rense Program. He also produces a weekly podcast that follows his research at his popular website, www.gralienreport.com.

Matt Swayne is a journalist who currently works as a research writer at Penn State. Matt has worked as a reporter and as a music reviewer for several newspapers and online outlets, such as CentreDaily.com and Music.com. He is a regular contributor to the recently revitalized version of Omni Magazine, called Omni Reboot. He writes the Anti-Matter column, which looks at fringe science and the paranormal, for the online magazine. He has also worked on writing projects with Paranormal State's Eilfie Music. Balancing skepticism with an open mind, Matt uses his experience in journalism and interest in both ghost lore and the paranormal to collect and tell stories about the supernatural. 

He is the author of Haunted Rock & Roll and Ghosts of Country Music.

May 02, 2018
Owsley Acid, The Dead and The CIA
00:35:29

Richard explores the life and times of counter-culture icon, Augustus Owsley Stanley.  Without Stanley it is debatable whether the Summer of Love would ever have happened, whether The Warlocks would have become The Grateful Dead, or whether Psychedelic Music would even exist.   Bear as he was known, began mass producing hits of LSD from his makeshift lab near UC Berkely beginning in the mid 1960s and would become the single largest individual acid distributor in the world.  His Owsley Acid was used by Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters for use in their legendary Acid Test parties.  He also supplied LSD to The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and possibly The Beatles. 


GUESTS:
George Walker aka "Barely Visible," is one of the original Merry Pranksters, cohorts and followers of American author Ken Kesey begining in 1964. Kesey and the Merry Pranksters lived communally at Kesey's homes in California and Oregon, and are noted for the sociological significance of a lengthy road trip they took in the summer of 1964, traveling across the United States in a psychedelic painted school bus called Further, organizing parties and giving out LSD.

Peter Wendel based in the nation's capital, is a journalist by training doing stints with major D.C. media outlets, including Gannett News/USA Today and Congressional Quarterly. Peter founded SongMango.com in 2014 as an outlet for his passion for music, particularly live music. Peter has been to hundreds of concerts and festivals, like The Peach, The All Good, Mountain Jam and Lockn'. He's ridden legendary Grateful Dead runs from Ventura County Fairgrounds (CA) to Irvine Meadows (CA) from the Nassau Coliseum (NY) to the Boston Garden. Catch him out on tour!

Paul Jeffrey Davids is the co‐author of Blowing America's Mind: A True Story of Princeton, CIA Mind Control, LSD and Zen.  He's also the co-author of six “Star Wars” books for Lucasfilm. He was production coordinator and a writer of the original animated “Transformers” TV series; executive producer of Showtime’s “Roswell: The UFO Cover‐up,” starring Kyle MacLachlan and Martin Sheen, and he has produced and directed ten feature films, including “The Sci‐Fi Boys” and “The Life After Death Project,” both of which aired on SyFy, and “Jesus in India” and the bio‐pic, “Timothy Leary’s Dead.” As an undergraduate at Princeton, he won three top writing awards, then studied under full scholarship at the American Film Institute Center for Advanced Film Studies in Los Angeles. Davids is also the bestselling co‐author of An Atheist in Heaven: the Ultimate Evidence for Life After Death? (2016) as well as being an accomplished artist.

H.P. Albarelli Jr. is the author of A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments, published by the small specialist US publisher TrineDay in January 2010. The book documents and details numerous CIA and military sponsored unwitting human experiments. He is a founding member of the North American Truth and Accountability Commission on Human Experimentation.

Apr 25, 2018
Aleister Crowley and the Led Zeppelin Curse
00:37:02

Did Jimmy Page's fascination with the occult, and magick lead to the string of accidents, addictions, and tragedies that befell Led Zeppelin in the mid to late 1970s?  Richard interviews a dedicated occultist and founder of a Pagan Temple in London, Ontario and two authors who have researched Jimmy Page's strong interest in the teachings of Aleister Crowley, the most influential and notorious occultist of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Guests: 

 Most Honoured Frater Archeus is the founder and current Magister of the Order of the Temple of Archallem (OTA), a practicing ceremonial lodge and initiatory society located in London, Ontario.  He was also a founding member of The London Pagan Temple and has chaired several significant Pagan conventions.

A practicing magician as well as a dedicated occultist, Fr. Archeus has written and contributed to rituals in various traditions and capacities. He was initiated into the craft on the full moon of Friday, October 13, 2000.

Peter Bebergal is the author of Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll . He writes widely on music and books, with special emphasis on the speculative and slightly fringe. His recent essays and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker online, Slate, The Times Literary Supplement, The Quietus, BoingBoing, and The Believer. Bebergal studied religion and culture at Harvard Divinity School, and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Lance Gilbert is a writer of  paranormal & occult fiction and nonfiction. Following a series of ghostly experiences in his early twenties, he became fascinated with exploring supernatural phenomena. Very soon thereafter, Lance experimented with an ancient spirit evocation book which resulted in frightening poltergeist intrusions. This led to further investigation and the eventual publishing of two well-reviewed, commercially successful books based on his personal experiences as well as those of others he met through research. Both books were written under pseudonyms and now Lance has decided to publish using his real name. His latest project is titled The Led Zeppelin Curse- Jimmy Page and the Haunted Boleskine House.

Apr 18, 2018
Paul is Dead
00:36:08

It's the most enduring legend in Rock 'n Roll history... Paul McCartney was killed in a car accident in November 1966.  But instead of announcing Paul's death, the Beatles' brain-trust covered it up and secretly replaced Paul with a talented look-alike.  Perhaps motivated by feelings of remorse, the surviving Beatles decided to reveal this dark secret to their fans through a series of clues left in song lyrics and album cover art.

Richard speaks with a documentary filmmaker, the curator of a touring Beatles exhibit and a Rock historian about how the legend got started, and why it continues to endure to this day.

James Cushman is a  native of Middleboro, Massachussettes.  Jim  has an extensive Beatles collection that includes a pair of John Lennon’s long johns , a locket of Paul McCartney’s hair, Ringo Starr’s drumsticks and a t-shirt that belonged to George Harrison.  Jim also owns the copy of Double Fantasy that Lennon signed for Mark David Chapman just hours before his murder.  Jim is a curator with The Magical History Tour, a touring Beatles memorabilia exhibit.  A walking encyclopedia of Beatles facts and dates, Cushman and his collection have been featured on national and international television as well as various publications.

Mitch Fillion is Toronto-based filmmaker behind the documentary, Who Is This Now? A Paul is Dead Film. He did it with virtually no budget — less than $5,000. He wrote, directed, edited, and acted in them himself. The trilogy explores fringe theories related to hidden knowledge, expanding human consciousness, and other assorted esoterica. Fillion calls his films “disguised documentaries.” They take place in a slightly altered version of reality. He plays an exaggerated version of himself. 

R. Gary Patterson was known as 'the Fox Mulder of Rock.'  HIs book, The Walrus Was Paul: The Great Beatles Death Clues  published in 1994 established Gary as one of the world's foremost experts on The Beatles and 'The Paul is Dead' hoax.

Apr 11, 2018
Charlie Manson and The Beach Boys
00:38:09

Richard explores the strange relationship between the wild-eyed, maniacal cult-leader Charles Manson and The Beach Boys' Dennis Wilson.  A former Manson Family member and a noted author and Manson Family expert discuss how Wilson and Manson met, how Wilson fell under Manson's spell, and Wilson's role in introducing Manson into Hollywood circles.

GUESTS:

Dianne Lake  became the Manson Family's youngest member when she joined at age fourteen.  She has told her story in her new memoir, Member of the Family, shedding new light on some of the key events in the timeline of the notorious cult. 

Adam Gorightly is a certified "crackpot historian" and 23rd degree Discordian, Adam Gorightly has been chronicling fringe culture in an illuminating manner for over two decades. An active contributor to the ‘zine revolution of the late ’80s and early ’90s, Adam’s byline was a familiar sight in many cutting-edge mags. His articles have appeared in numerous publications such as The Excluded Middle, UFO Magazine, Paranoia, SteamShovel Press, and FourTwoFour, the largest soccer magazine in Great Britain. He is the author of The Shadow Over Santa Susana: Black Magic, Mind Control And the Manson Family Mythos.

 

Apr 04, 2018
The Strange Death of Bobby Fuller
00:35:03

The life and strange death of Bobby Fuller - the handsome and multi-talented singer/guitarist and frontman of The Bobby Fuller Four - is examined through conversations with the band's drummer and the co-author of a book about the young musician.

Robert (DeWayne) Quirico is a professional drummer, best known for his work with The Bobby Fuller Four. One of his most notable works is his unique percussion work on the band's biggest hit, "I Fought the Law."

At the unavailability of drummer Dalton Powell, Bobby Fuller personally chose Quirico to be the band's drummer upon their relocation to ollywood from El Paso. Quirico played on every single release by the band up until "I Fought the Law," and was present during the band's rise to fame in Hollywood. His drumming is also featured on the band's only two studio albums, KRLA King of the Wheels and I Fought the Law. Quirico was also featured alongside the rest of the band in the 1966 film, The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini. Quirico later left the band in 1965, citing a disagreement. Dalton Powell was then brought in as his replacement.

Miriam Linna is a musician, and former drummer with The Cramps.  She is the co-founder of the New York City based label, Norton Records, and the co-author (along with co-author Randell Fuller) of I Fought the Law: The Life and Strange Death of Bobby Fuller.  Her skill as a drummer earned her a "May I recommend?" nod from Bob Dylan on his XM Theme Time Radio Hour program (episode 37) in January 2007.

Mar 27, 2018
Robert Johnson and The Devil at the Crossroads
00:36:19

Did legendary Delta Blues guitarist Robert Johnson sell his soul to the devil in exchange for fame?  Did the devil teach Johnson to play the guitar in the cemetery?  How else to explain how he was able to master his instrument in so little time?  How might that deal have gone down on that moonless night at the crossroads just outside Clarksdale, Mississippi?

Richard speaks with a researcher/author about the legend of the devil and the crossroads.  They'll attempt to separate fact from fiction while examining  the legendary bluesman's life and death.

Richard also replays the last radio conversation he had with his late partner, rock historian R. Gary Patterson, who recounts his bizarre pilgrimage to The Crossroads in search of a souvinir.  It was a trip that almost ended tragically.  Was it the "Curse of the Crossroads" playing out

Matt Swayne is a journalist who currently works as a researcher writerat Penn State, and is also the author Haunted Rock & Roll: Ghostly Tales of Musical Legends.

R. Gary Patterson was known as the "Fox Mulder of Rock."  His book Take a Walk on the Dark Side; Rock and Roll Myths, Legends, and Curses is a must read for all serious fans of Rock. Previously he wrote another classic, The Walrus Was Paul: The Great Beatle Death Clues

Mar 21, 2018
The Bargain - John Lennon's Deal with the Devil
00:52:35

Was John Lennon's murder eerily foretold in the Beatles' recordings, and album artwork?  Do the countless clues revealed using numerology, backwards masking, and anagrams reveal that Lennon may have sold his soul to the devil in exchange for fame and vast riches? Was his assassin, Mark David Chapman, chosen as the instrumet of death?  Was Chapman sent to New York City to collect the bill?

Richard speaks with a long-time Beatles' researcher and author who "offers a new interpreation of the hidden messages and symbols that have ornamented Beatles mythology for years." (The Lennon Prophecy)

Richard also interviews an internationally acclaimed psychic and author who'll reveal possible connections between paranormal activity plaguing a family in an Atlanta suburb and Chapman's evil mission to kill the former Beatle.

GUESTS:

Joseph Niezgoda is a life-long Beatles fan, collector, and scholar, who has researched John Lennon and the band for more than 30 years.  He works in analog and digital music recording with an extensive background in music theory.  He is the author of The Lennon Prophecy; A New Examination of the Death Clues of the Beatles."

Chip Coffey is an internationally acclaimed psychic, medium, paranormal investigator, lecturer and writer. He is the great-grandson of famed Native American medicine woman, Minnie Sue Morrow Foster. Chip has a Master's Degree in Counseling and works extensively with hospice organizations, providing spiritual support to patients and their families. He is also a certified paranormal investigator and frequently consults with victims' families and law enforcement agencies on unsolved murder and missing person's cases.

He appeared in 31 episodes of the A&E series, Paranormal State.
He is the author of Growing Up Psychic, My Story of Not Just Surviving but Thriving - and How Others LIke Me Can, Too.

 

Mar 14, 2018
The Day the Music Died
00:40:47

Richard speaks with a Rock historian, Buddy Holly's friend and confidante, and a writer/pilot about the strange circumstances surrounding the fatal plane crash that that took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper on February 3rd, 1959?  Was it a combination of bad weather and pilot error as we've been told, or is it possible the plane was sabotaged?  Why did the gun belonging to Holly found at the crash site have one empty bullet chamber?  Why was the Big Bopper, who was sitting in the rear seat of the plane, found 40 feet in front of the plane wreck and the bodies of Holly, who was sitting in the front seat?

GUESTS:


R. Gary Patterson was a Rock 'n Roll Investigator, and Richard's close friend and partner.  He wrote several books, including Take a Walk on the Dark Side: Rock 'n Roll Myths, Legends, and Curses.


Peggy Sue Gerron met Buddy Holly in high school in Lubbock Texas.  They remained close friends until his death.  Peggy Sue was married to former Cricket's drummer Jerry Allison.  She was the inspiration for two Buddy Holly songs, Peggy Sue and Peggy Sue Got Married. The former was a hit for Buddy Holly and the Crickets.  The latter was recorded after Buddy's death by the Crickets with David Box on lead vocal.  She is the author of Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue?: The Memoirs of Buddy Holly's Peggy Sue

Gary W. Moore is a successful entrepreneur and business executive, pilot, musician and author. His critically acclaimed book, Playing with the Enemy  was twinner of the 2006 Military Writers Society of America Book of the Year. Playing with the Enemy is currently being made into a major motion picture by Academy Award winning producer, Gerald Molen.  His 2011 book, Hey Buddy: In Pursuit of Buddy Holly, My New Buddy John, and My Lost Decade of Music was a finalist for General Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the Indie Book Awards.

Mar 07, 2018
Jimi Hendrix Murdered?
00:36:32

Was Jimi Hendrix targeted for assassination because of his enormous and powerful influence on America's youth?  Was he a victim of MK ULTRA Mind Control?  Was his manager, a former assassin for British intelligence, seeking to cash in on the life insurance policy he took out on Jim's life?

Richard interviews one of Jimi's band members, his road manager, and an author/researhcer about Hendrix's last days.

GUESTS:

John Potash is the author of  Drugs as Weapons Against Us: The CIA’s Murderous Targeting of SDS, Panthers, Hendrix, Lennon, Cobain, Tupac and other Activists.

Juma Sultan performed on the greatest stage in Rock & Roll history as the percussionist for Jimi Hendrix’s band Gypsy Sun and Rainbow’s at Woodstock on August, 18th, 1969. Jimi and Juma’s paths crossed years before in New York City. They became friends and performed and recorded together until Jimi’s tragic death on September 18, 1970. From that day Jimi’s music would live on.

Sultan performed on the Dick Cavett show with Jimi Hendrix and at a special show in Harlem, New York. He was interviewed extensively for the documentary films: Jimi Hendrix and Jimi Hendrix Live at Woodstock. You can also find him on approximately 12 of Jimi’s posthumous releases.

James “Tappy” Wright has seen and done it all. He was there at the beginning when The Animals were formed and when they recorded their anthem, “The House of the Rising Sun.” He was there when an unknown guitarist called Jimi Hendrix played to a handful of listeners in a smoky New York club and the next day, recorded one of his biggest hits, “Hey Joe.” And as tour manager and often close confidante, Tappy has looked after superstar Tina Turner and her fiery husband, Ike, on tour, worked for Gene Vincent, helped to trap an egotistical Little Richard in an elevator, and hung up on Elvis for impersonating . . . Elvis.   He is the author of Rock Roadie: Backstage and Confidential with Hendrix, Elvis, The Animals, Tina Turner, and an All-Star Cast

 

Mar 02, 2018
The Rock and Roll Twilight Zone Trailer
00:01:03

The Rock and Roll Twilight Zone with Richard Syrett Trailer.

Feb 23, 2018
The Rock & Roll Twilight Zone Promo
00:00:19
Apr 18, 2018