What Charles Manson heard in The Beatles’ White Album

What Charles Manson heard in The Beatles’ White Album

By 1968, The Beatles had achieved unparalleled critical and commercial success. The album they released in the middle of 1967, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, had been number one in the UK for 27 weeks, and Time magazine called it a “historic departure in the progress of music – any music”.

It was on the heels of this success that the group travelled to Rishikesh, India for a spiritual retreat with Maharishi Mahesh, a chance to “get away from everything”, as John Lennon would later say. During the retreat, which lasted from February to April of 1968, the band spent long periods of time meditating and writing songs, and emerged with 40 new compositions, most of which would be recorded later that year.  



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