I suppose the reason they never discussed it much, is because the group only played one night together. That one gig was played at the Topanga Corral (now long gone, it burned down)... but it had been a happening place in the 1960's.
It's said that Canned Heat, Neil Young, and Taj Mahal played there. It's also rumored that Road House Blues by the immortal Jim Morrison was written about Topanga Corral. Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda were regulars there. It's too bad it burned down in the 1970's. I missed out!
Ernie Knapp: "I played in a band with Charles Manson".
|Charles Manson and Ernie Knapp (1969)|
Thank You so much Viktor! This is so cool!
A guy by the name of Ernie Knapp (a session musician that played bass with the Beach Boys in concert during 1981-82) was interviewed (last year) by Sonny Vincent (a musician in his own right).
During the interview, Ernie talks about being the bass player in a band with Charles Manson called "The Milky Way", which played one show at the Topanga Corral.
"The Snake Pit" was a seedy area in lower Topanga, built in a debris/flood basin during the 1920's. In Ed Sanders book "The Family", he talks about the "Spiral Staircase"... a house that had slid off its foundation during a flood. According to Sanders, the DeGrimstons of the "The Process Church" owned or rented this place. Lots of bikers, homeless, druggies, hippies, and the Manson Family called this place home for a while in the late 60's.
Here is part of the interview by Sonny Vincent and Ernie Knapp:
ERNIE: Well, that was in the fall of 1967. I had been going to college down in San Diego for two years before that and I had just got kicked out for smoking pot. So I was back in LA at my parents’ house trying to figure out what to do next. My friend there, Bay Johnson, owned a couple of little houses and little shacks down in a place in Topanga Canyon called ‘The Snake Pit’. It was a real hippie area of little cabins and shacks and a few old houses across the coast highway from the beach, kind of in the river bed. That place is all gone now. It all got wiped out in a flood.