One of the major philosophical pillars of “Wear A Flower In Your Hair – A Dialogue With Sadie Mae Glutz” revolves around the Beatles’ song from “The Beatles” (The White Album), “Happiness Is a Warm Gun“.
Interestingly, for reasons the book explains in great detail – the song is reportedly Paul McCartney’s and George Harrison’s favourite song on the White Album (see the Bruce Spizer 2003 book, “The Beatles on Apple Records“.)
No wonder when one considers exactly how the meaning of the song was conceived and the massive impact the philosophy had upon late-60’s pop-culture:
The pleasure we got from life, of living by our own rules – we had none – meant we had the power, inside each one of us, to continue the cycle of pain, spread it into society and help charge-up the karma cycle. The pain we caused meant more happiness.”
“Happiness is a warm gun?”
“Ha-ha, you have it!”
“It is utterly mad.”
“You see the power of what I’m saying. It scares you.”
“Of course it does. How can you warp logic so much that innocent people die? For such a dire and terrifying possibility, that death, that pain, are good things. That they cause happiness.”
“Yet you instinctively knew that a warm gun equals happiness?”
“It’s the name of a fucking song, not some metaphysical empiricism!”
“Yet you connected the idea and the song instantly.”
“It is not that difficult. You know, to make “happiness” you cause pain.”
The interview with Susan Atkins (Sadie) explains Paul’s, George’s, and John’s conversations with her, following the band’s final concert at Candlestick Park, San Francisco on August 29, 1966. It explains how they met during a private performance at the Church of Satan where she worked. What happened next was the spark, the moment of epiphany, that set the Fab Four upon a new direction.
That night spawned an entirely new and deadly philosophy that directly led to the breakup of the band following the arrest of Manson Family members, and denials and mistruths concerning the role The Beatles played.
But then the book isn’t actually true…
This weekend only, “Wear A Flower In Your Hair – A Dialogue With Sadie Mae Glutz” is available free from Kindle.