Charles Manson's Album 'Lie' Is On Spotify And You Can Listen To It Now

By Jacob Shelton
American criminal Charles Manson at California Medical Facility, Vacaville, Solano County, California, US, August 1980. (Photo by Albert Foster/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)

Before he was one of the most hated men in America and a killer, cult leader Charles Manson was a wannabe rock star. He picked up a guitar during one of his stints in prison and started writing jangly, ill-crafted songs that he played for anyone who would listen. Before he instructed his followers to go out and start Helter Skelter, Manson was trying to hawk his demos and songs to the Beach Boys and producer friend Terry Melcher. The only thing that came of this was the Beach Boys song “Never Learn Not To Love,” a drastic recreation of one of Manson’s songs.

The macabre allure of Manson’s solo LP, cobbled together from different master tapes recorded in the late ‘60s, is strong for anyone who’s fascinated with the Golden Era of Hollywood or the true crime narrative of the Manson murders. You can now stream Manson’s album, titled Lie: The Love and Terror Cult, on every major music platform, just don’t expect to get any insight into his depraved mind.