I was glancing at CNN.com this morning when I saw a story on a couple of men, one of whom is the grandson of Charles Manson and the other of whom thought he might be Manson’s son. Because my mind works the way it does, I was reminded of a review I read a few years ago of Manson’s album Lie. Having done my share of music criticism over the years, I can attest that it’s typically pretty easy to slag an album, but of course, an album from Charles Manson offers its own challenges in that regard.
I wish I could find the review now — I believe it may once have been at allmusic.com, but that is no longer the case. Still, the last line has stuck with me:
“Charles Manson is nearly as good a musician as he is a human being.”
(And despite the temptation, I’m not going to use the “family” tag on this post.)