Tonight! The Charlie Manson Band

Michael Beiriger

Book Cover

GENRE

CRIME DETECTIVE DRAMA THRILLER

    Core Theme

    BELIEVING IN FALSE IDOLS

    TIME PERIOD

    1960s & '70s

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    AQUARIUS, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

    CHARACTER LIST

    β€’ ALEX SWAIN: 26. LEAD. DETERMINED, SMART, DECISIVE, EMPATHETIC, BRAVE.

    β€’ CHARLES MANSON: 20S. CULT LEADER, MUSICIAN, AND MURDERER WHOM THE LEAD INVESTIGATES.

    β€’ MARV FIELD: 37. DOGGED RECORD PROMOTER WHO BELIEVES IN MANSON'S MUSIC BUT GETS SCREWED OVER.

    β€’ SHERRIE, 17: INNOCENT AND NAIVE, SHE GETS MIXED UP WITH MANSON AND REGRETS IT.

    Logline

    What if Charles Manson, cult leader and aspiring rock musician, had escaped suspicion for the gruesome Cielo Drive murders in 1969 Los Angeles? Major players in LA were interested in his talents. This book is a taut pulp fiction based on actual events, real persons, and the frantic world of 1969 LA.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Los Angeles 1969

    Based on a True Story

    Yes

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: with a Publisher

    Publisher: Amazon

    Year Published: 2012

    Starting Description

    In the dark days of 1969 Charles Manson - hippy pimp, party troubadour, and dealer to the rock music insiders of LA - meets Marv Feld, a man whose schemes can take them to the top of the pop charts. But Charlie is hiding a monstrous secret.

    Ending Description

    Alex Swain, a rising star in the new world of rock journalism, begins to uncover ghastly tales and rumors while covering Manson's bid for pop stardom.Burning ambitions crash and the horrible madness of Manson's secret world is unleashed bit by bit. A torrent of violence is unleashed.

    Group Specific

    rock fans, LA fans, Manson interest, sixties fans

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    1481055887

    Mature Audience Themes

    Nudity,Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity

    Plot - Other Elements

    Twist

    Plot - Premise

    Quest

    Main Character Details

    Name: Alex Swain

    Age: 26

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Aspiring,Aggressive,Confident,Empathetic,Engaging,Educated,Honorable,Naive,Skillful,Visionary,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic,Lone Wolf

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Marv Feld

    Age: 32

    Gender: Male

    Role: Antagonist

    Key Traits: Aspiring,Aggressive,Confident,Desperate,Greedy,Naive,Uneducated,Blunt,Power Hungry,Outspoken,Skillful,Visionary,Secretive,Manipulative,Unapologetic,Lone Wolf

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Sherrie Caster

    Age: 17

    Gender: Female

    Role: emotional

    Key Traits: Clumsy,Desperate,Empathetic,Faithful,Insecure,Naive,Underdog,Obedient,Selfless,Romantic

    Additional Character Details

    The author has not yet written this

    Development Pitch

    This story is NOT about the Tate murders - but a different look at the Manson world of 1969, a what-if that exposes as much about the music biz of the era as the Manson family. In this story Manson - hippy pimp, party troubadour, and drug dealer to the rock music insiders of LA - is not suspected by the LAPD for recent vicious murders. Instead, Marv Feld, an ambitious but down on his luck radio record promoter meets Manson at a party and, impressed, conjures a plan to mold Manson into a rock star. Manson chafes, but soon agrees. As part of the plan, Marv collars a young rock journalist, Alex Swain, to write puff about Marv's genius and to bio Manson and his followers at his old film ranch. Alex, being a real journalist, sees that Manson's whole scenario is bizarre and borders on evil, and soon becomes entangled in the very real effects of the depraved sex, drugs, and rock n roll. Now it's murders, chases, cops, jail - and a fiery, brutal climax at the broken down film ranch, a symbol of the demise of the old, innocent Hollywood.

    Brief

    What if Charles Manson, cult leader and aspiring rock musician, had escaped suspicion for the gruesome Cielo Drive murders in 1969 Los Angeles? Major players in LA were interested in his talents. This book is a taut pulp fiction based on actual events, real people, and the frantic world of 1969 LA.

    What We Liked

    - There aren't many figures in recent history as notorious and fascinating as Charles Manson. This novel reimagines the events such as the murders at the house on Cielo and Manson's music career. It's a fun (tragic and gory) read. The thrall he held over people is mind boggling and his "family" is full of interesting characters and strange scenarios;
    - From the POV of anyone normal, this is a twisted circus one should stay far away from - and makes for fascinating viewing especially since, in this fictionalized story, you don't know what is going to happen;
    - Murder, Cults, Twists and turns, Sex, Music.

    Synopsis

    Charles Manson holds court at a borrowed ranch in the desert, where he is the undisputed master, somehow holding all different types of people in his thrall.

    Coercion and violence are just part of their lives now, along with a lot of drugs and sex.

    Spurned by record people and even Beach Boy Brian Wilson, Manson only has his people to play his music for. When a record producer gets behind him in a big way, he becomes an overnight sensation.

    A reporter, Swain, is attracted to this very unique commune and plans to write a story. When he starts to sniff out that Manson's people were the ones who murdered five innocents in the Hills, everything changes. He is excommunicated, but wants to write a story for his magazine and expose the criminal conspiracy that has left LA shaken.

    One of Manson's girls, 17 year-old Sherrie, flees the family and comes to Swain for protection. She spills her guts about the murders in the hills and a couple others at the ranch. The family steals her back, and Alex goes to the ranch and finds it burning. Sherrie was murdered and the scene is like the apocalypse that Manson has been waiting for, although this wasn't done by the Black Panthers.

    Manson and a couple others make it out on dune buggies while a bus with 20 of his family members explodes in flames. Manson, cold and starving, hides out far into the desert, playing music and falling deeper into insanity.

    About The Author

    Michael Beiriger was a rock music recording engineer in Los Angeles in the 70s, when events from 1969 were still vivid.