That is so awesome, Ian. I sincerely appreciate you sharing that with me. Thank you. To get even a peripheral response from Melanie is pretty awesome.

“There was, without getting into it, a strong force going against. And who would want to look at that?”

Honestly, I HAVE looked into that…quite a bit. This piece just wasn’t suited for a long historical dig. I was aiming for an emotional thing and trying to stay out of the way as much as possible to make sure people listened to the song first and foremost.

Cointelpro…MK Ultra…agent provocateurs coming out of the woodwork…60s history is a passion of mine. A funny thing today is that everyone considers “conspiracy theorists” to be “right wing nutjobs,” but the original conspiracy theorists were the counterculture (mostly Leftists) hippies…and you know what? They were fucking right. History has proven they were right.

There was indeed a machine working to stop them.

Anyway, thanks so much for sharing that. This is a subject I could talk about for days.

And you know what? I’m going to write a piece on exactly that…the “conspiracy” history of the 60s.

Thanks, and thanks to Melanie.

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