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Charles Manson music from the 1980s gets local record release

77-year-old serial killer Charles Manson on Wed., April 4, 2012.
77-year-old serial killer Charles Manson on Wed., April 4, 2012.
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The L.A. Times reports that Manuel Vasquez, co-owner of Hollywood's Beauty is Pain Boutique, has been receiving hate mail for producing and releasing a new record of Charles Manson's music. 

"The convicted murderer was also a singer-songwriter," says NME.

Vasquez used Kickstarter to fund a 500-copy release of "Just Fucking Around," a 40-minute album of Manson songs recorded in the 1980s.

The local 26-year-old befriended the incarcerated 77-year-old, telling the Times he doesn't believe the convicted mass murderer issued kill orders, and that people tend to think of 1960s Manson, not the animal-loving ecologist he is today.

The album cover features a portrait of Manson drawn by a fellow inmate, and a geometric piece of artwork designed by Manson himself. The record is six songs long, and includes poetry and Manson commentary. It sells for $18 with none of the money going to the infamous prisoner, according to Vasquez.

Notes the L.A. Times:

"It's really low-fi, mono," [Vasquez] said of the recording's sound quality..According to Vasquez, Manson's nasal, bluesy folk music-like sound won't appeal to everyone.

"I don't think there was ever a chance for mass popularity of his music," he said. "Most people won't like it. It probably requires an acquired taste."

Vasquez told the newspaper that despite the criticism, records are selling and he may do a second pressing.