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  • John 8:51 am on September 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: courson, doors, , laurel canyon   

    Mostly Los Angeles & Jim Morrison 

    • Krislyn 9:42 am on September 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hey there John, If you need any help with Jim Morrison updates etc.. I have done so much extensive research on him. I have done personal interviews as well with an original employee from the Canyon Store back in the late 60s who remembers him coming in ALOT. I know alot of places in LA other than what you have posted that you may be interested in just driving by.. I have read over 20 books on him. I don’t sign on alot anymore but you can email me if you like.

      • John 11:35 am on September 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, I’ll be in touch!

      • John W 4:22 pm on September 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Email your favorite pics or articles about Jim to the blog…anytime! wonderland1981blog at gmail. I will make a post and credit you for helping keep the Wonderland blog updated 🙂

      • John W 11:48 am on September 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I am working on a John Densmore article. If possible… Please send a few rare John and Doors pics to wonderland1981blog at gmail dot com.

      • John 12:33 pm on September 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Krislyn, have you read John Densmore’s book from 1990? It lists a lot of addresses and places where the early Doors lived, played music, partied, where their friends lived/worked, etc. I am going to look up those places later in the week and make a blog post!

      • John W 5:56 am on September 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Kris, Please send some Morrison stories or links, images. Thanks!!

    • Bonnie Brae 10:34 am on September 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      who is the sexy couple in black and white on the right side 4th up?

      • John 2:45 pm on September 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        That’s myself and Bonnie during the mid 70s!

    • localarts 10:37 am on September 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      That would be Stevie Nick’s & Lindsey Buckingham. Probably pre Fleetwood Mac.

  • John 8:06 am on July 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beach boys, charles manson, laurel canyon   

    A Chance Encounter With Good Time Charlie 

    This is an interesting tale, and so today I have to go a bit off topic and share it with you. A young man in the late 60s has a chance meeting with Charles Manson. And well, you’ll have to read his account for yourself.

    Freaky lil dude is right!

    * * * * * * * * * * * *

    When the news broke about the arrest of Charles Manson and his ‘Family’, the media coverage reminded me of the Kennedy Assassination. Then it was disclosed that Manson and his ‘hippie commune of killers’ were living at Spahn’s Movie Ranch in the Santa Susanna Mountains. At first I thought:

    That’s where that little freaky guy wanted to take me. Hey, wait a minute, that demonic murdering cult leader looks a lot like that freaky little dude.

    Warning:  Nude photo of Susan Atkins.

    Read on.

    • Bobby 2:12 am on July 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Coincidentally the latest episode of the excellent show “Paranormal Witness” is about Manson. A guy builds a dream home on Cielo Drive, only a few houses down from the infamous scene of the murders, and all hell breaks loose in the form of, you guessed it, hauntings! The interesting thing about this particular case is that the paranormal activity was documented on videotape, just like those dodgy films that have been making the big bucks. Anyway if you’re into this sorta stuff you can check out sneak peeks/cilps of the episode here:


      I think you may be able to watch the full episode here too but it’s region locked in my neck of the woods so I can’t 100% vouch for it:



      • John W 10:53 am on July 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Bobby, I will check out the links. I had planned to watch it but got sidetracked. Excellent. Bonnie is visiting the Villisca axe murder house in Iowa and maybe she will share some pics when gets back. She posted one video, just go to her account which have the driving tour vids. Cheers–

        • Bobby 10:42 pm on July 27, 2013 Permalink

          Villisca case is so tragic and frustratingly still unsolved after all this time! I was recently re-reading Mike Sager’s excellent 1989 piece “The Devil and John Holmes” and really like the way he ended it:

          “You know,” says Detective Lange, “there’s no mystery here. Every time you read something, they say it’s a big mystery. Or the local TV says it’s a big mystery. Or that show out of New York, you know, A Current Affair. Big mystery. Like aliens or something. There’s no mystery. John Holmes didn’t go to his grave with anything but a very bad case of AIDS. He told us everything initially, right after it happened.”

          “But it’s one thing to tell someone something,” says Lange. “It’s another thing to testify to it in court.”

  • John 8:50 am on July 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , laurel canyon, log cabin   

    Frank Zappa's Laurel Canyon Cabin, Part 2 

    You can see the property in a few of Bonnie’s driving tour videos. It is now a vacant lot with trees, but you can make out a driveway, etc. It is located at the Corner of Laurel Canyon Blvd and Lookout Mountain. Go to the link at the bottom for more photos of the property.

    In my previous Frank Zappa blog post, we learned that after the Tate/LaBianca murders, FZ moved the hell out of here. It was too high profile and not a very secure residence for his young family. The world had changed, overnight. Stars like David Bowie and Jagger were very frightened and would not even stay up in the Hills.

    1968 - Jagger, Captain Beefheart and Marianne Faithful hanging out.

    1968 – Jagger, Captain Beefheart and Marianne Faithful hanging out.

    What's left of "Mick's fireplace" in 2001ish.

    What’s left of “Mick’s fireplace”.

    The building was built in the early 1900’s by silent movie cowboy star Tom Mix who reputedly entertained Wyatt Earp there after the latter had moved to California. Before Zappa took over the place for $700/month it was occupied by (Mothers Auxiliary) Carl Franzoni’s commune, renting from an African-American widow who owned it.

    The famous basement, circa 2000.

    The famous basement, circa 2000.

    The Log Cabin was destroyed in a (reputedly drug related) fire around 1970 long after FZ had moved elsewhere in Laurel Canyon, leaving only the basement and a few other structures to be seen. On the adjacent hillside one can still see an artificial grotto inhabited in Zappa’s days by members of the GTO’s, an all-girl group produced by FZ which included the later Pamela Des Barres.

    Both this band and the Mothers themselves used to practice in the basement seen in the pictures below. The old-time picture of the Log Cabin reproduced below is the only one I have ever seen of the intact building. The property was sold for $1.5 million in 2003 and the basement was filled in as shown below.

    The photos are at the link below. Enjoy.

    Source & Credit


    • dreamweaverjenn 9:23 am on July 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I bet that was a really cool place once upon a time.

      • John 11:17 am on July 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, at the photo link you can see what’s left of the basement fireplace next to where Mick is sitting. Maybe we can convince Bonnie to go out there one day and get some pics.

      • John W 4:16 pm on July 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I added the recent fireplace photo. It looks like Mick was sitting on the basement stairs!!

    • localarts 11:20 am on July 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Yes! Bonnie is our modern day Laurel Erickson.

      • scabiesoftherat 12:54 am on July 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Sure as hell is! She’s the Patron Saint of all things Wonderland for those who are not there. A time machine. A gifted orator. Can multitask by handling the stereo, a camera, the wheel, a cell phone and a milkshake all at the same time and with great aplomb. She knows the winding roads of the winding canyon Laurel like the back of her magical hand…for these mountains are her home….and it’s inhabitants? Her angels. It is her time of respite….. and these are her people…and they are one.

        At the end of the day, she climbs the summit of Mullholland Drive and parks her car. She turns off the engine, gets out of the driver’s seat….and climbs upon the hood of her vehicle to gaze down upon the city below. All is well,…and somewhat un-well…..in the city of angels.

        A song begins to swell from her car stereo……


        Much respect and many thanks for the films, Bonnie.


    • Bonnie Brae 7:53 am on July 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hey – I’m definitely in when I get back from my trip. In Des Moines right now. So far I have recorded a Thunderstorm, some baby chipmunks and the attic of the Villisca axe murder house. The last one is uploading now and should be done in like another 30 minutes.

      • John 8:26 am on July 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Sounds awesome!

      • John 2:28 pm on October 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Please go here with Gayle and hook us up with some sweet photos, Bonnie!! We love your work!

        • Gayle 9:23 pm on April 13, 2014 Permalink

          I was going to say, hey I want some photo and video credit here! 🙂
          I am not familiar with the Zappa House. Is it still standing? I’ll have to research it.

    • Franky 7:59 pm on April 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi everybody! Lol I sound like Dr Nick from the Simpson. I’ve been following this website for a couple years. Watched the Wadd documentary and the Wonderland and I was hooked. How could you not. It’s set in the wild ass 80s, the pornstar, the drugs, and the murders. Last but not least Eddie Nash. Bet he has some crazy stories. I remember reading somewhere that Scott Thorson had an eerie convo with Holmes right before the murders, I know Scott isn’t the most reliable source but if it is true I would really like to know what was said. Oh and I’m so obsessed with what all went down and plan on making a trip and go check out the Wonderland house and Nash’s house where the robbery when down. Would also like to make the drive to and from those locations. Bonnie Brae I’m looking at you 🙂 would love a sight seeing your since I’m from TX and haven’t been to LA in ten years. John love site keep it up

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