Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Manson Tour 2014: A Day With Aes-Nihil

MansonBlog.com had the distinct pleasure of spending a day with John Aes-Nihil. John directed (among others) a film called "Manson Family Movies (1984)". If you haven't seen it, you should.

Aes-Nihil is an archivist, collector and broker of all things Manson (among many other subjects). His Manson archives alone covers 3 buildings, so we only scratched the surface of this magnificent  collection. Today we present you with a small taste of what we saw. If you are looking for a particular item you can contact him through his website.

One thing that caught our eye was a collection of paintings. If you peruse Facebook (for example) you can find some pretty good artists who use the Family as their subject matter. Back in the day, there was an artist by the name of Caesar Lindhersch who was pretty damned good. Here are a few examples:




Lindhersch Paintings








While we're on the subject of art,  DebS was delighted to see a print from a wood cutting that friend Robert Taylor did many years ago.  It is a self portrait.  Robert has a long history with the counter/alternative culture dating back to his involvement with The Process in Chicago in the mid '60's and then and his association with Robert DePugh's Minutemen in the late '60's, early '70's.  Robert, who is a writer and a musician has authored a thing or two that you may have read when researching things on the periphery of the Manson saga.  He writes under the name R N Taylor .  His folk noir genre band is named "Changes".



A branded case that formerly contained Jay Sebring products:



Here's something that caught our eye pretty quickly. An original 16mm reel of Robert Hendrickson footage from his time embedded with the Manson Family at Spahn Ranch:



If you'd like to own this photo of Bobby Beausoleil, John has it in mint condition in the original magazine:



Another thing that interested us was his collection of Manson music. As non-afficianados of Manson music, some of these we'd never heard of:







Aes-Nihil's personal Manson bookshelf (there are separate collections of books around the property, but these were within reach of his bed:


A signed hard-cover copy of Helter Skelter

A hard-copy edition of Stranger in a strange land:


This is an original copy of Mel Lyman's "Autobiography of a World Saviour". Below is a first edition copy which John explained is extremely rare. Mel Lyman headed The Lyman Family and the The Fort Hill Community. Manson reportedly corresponded with Lyman as he was "already doing what we're trying to do".

You may have heard this quote:
The only difference between us and the Manson Family is that we don't go around preaching peace and love and we haven't killed anyone, yet.
– Jim Kweskin (perhaps in jest)


Lyman addressed in The Freep:



Speaking of The Freep:



Ok, now here's a gem we just COULDN'T pass up. "The Psycho-Sexual History of the Manson Family". It's origins are not verifiable (yet). After perusing random sections of 850 pages, we were giddy enough to purchase a copy. Readers, you'll be hearing about this one over the coming months!


I randomly reached into that briefcase grabbing about 40% of the pages, cutting it like a deck of cards. The first thing I saw were these gems. All touring stopped as I gathered the group to look. How can anyone pass this up?




A prison sketch by Squeaky Fromme. John wasn't positive if it was original or a really good copy:



John showed us a photo of Steven Parent's corpse on the table at the coroner's office. This is a photo none of us had ever seen before. It gives a glimpse into the rarity of some of the items included in his collection. I'm no expert, but judging by the photographic paper I could be convinced that it' is original.

Out of respect to the victim's families we shy away from posting post-mortem photographs directly on this blog. However if you want to view it we have made it available to our readers HERE. If you do not like to see graphic content, DO NOT click the link.



Saying our good-byes. Thank you, John for your hospitality, patience and generosity with your knowledge!







25 comments:

beauders said...

John is the only honest Manson dealer I have ever dealt with.

chatsworth charlie said...

John Aes-Nihil.....He's "Black owned and open!"

Max Frost said...

Yes Beauders, he is a solid guy.

Max Frost said...

LOL @CWC!

It's actually kind of an inside joke.

Panamint Patty said...

Hi Max!

Rosie said...

Wow, never knew Manson met Cathy as far back as October '67

Matt said...

Anybody recognize the handwriting?

AustinAnn74 said...

What was that? The description of the sex? Were they making sex tapes? Wow! Mary Brunner was butt banged. You learn something new everyday.

Suze said...

Ok now that sounds like MY kind of reading! Can't wait for the book report! That is obviously female handwriting. Squeaky maybe?

Cielodrive.Com said...

This painting of the 3 bald girls seems odd. It's dated 1970 but no one shaved their head until 1971.

Robert Hendrickson said...

Very sharp thinking Cielodrive. Shaved heads - maybe coincidence, BUT swastika NO.
This is the real story of the MANSON case - nothing makes sense as presented by the STATE, but IF ALL the pieces to the puzzle are arranged in their proper perspective, IT ALL makes sense.

It's just like the ESTABLISHMENT's "Education" CON game! IE: The government scammed so many into DEBT for an "Education" that NOW they can't buy a house until they pay off their student loans. BUT by the time they pay off the loan, house prices will be highly inflated AGAIN.

The GOVERNMENT is NOT your friend - just read the US CONSTITUTION.

It should glare back at YOU, just like the 1970 date on the MANSON girl picture did to Cielodrive.

Panamint Patty said...

Perhaps he reworked it?

Aes-Nihil said...

Evidence would suggest that he was either Clairvoyant or Confused.

Matt said...

AustinAnn, you crack me up like nobody else!

As the Brits would say, he gave her one up the marmite motorway.

Panamint Patty said...

Matt thats gross!!!

HellzBellz said...

@Suze,... dont think its Squeaky who wrote down the ,,script,, for maybe a Snuff movie, because She is on the list of ,,Actresses,, too. And I do also think the actual Dates on the paper are fictive, for the movie. And my good guess is that the title would have been ,,In Hippy Land there were those People.....,, There is also another male ,,acting,, in the movie,called Jack, He is blowing ,C, in the beginning ,while Brunner watches. Who was that ,JACK, ??

HellzBellz said...

With that ,Jack, in mind.....I asked myself if that is the same Jack, as in the 1967 taped interview/speech. ,, Ole JC sayd turn the other cheek,, Its Heaven right here Jack,....

Panamint Patty said...

Bellz, is Jack the prison buddy who traveled on the bus and did not care for LSD?

Doc Sierra said...

Trippy stuff. I'm gonna have to check it out in depth.
I just placed "Manson Family Movies" at the top of my DVD Queue in Netflix. It says "Very Long Wait".....

Vermouth Brilliantine said...

The handwriting on Squeaky's prison sketch made me double-take. It looks exactly like mine. Oo-ee-oo?

Also digging the cover to 'The Manson Family Sings', despite the Nazoid vibe. It is an absolutely fantastic drawing. Would love to know who the artist is.

The last few days on this blog have been great, if creepy. Severed cow tongues, Jay Sebring shampoo products, handwritten Mansomania sex vids catalogues, and freaky swastikalbum covers. Good stuff!

Max Frost said...

Hi back Patty!

You guys were a helluva lotta FUN!

Barrie said...

Wow! Look at all this cool stuff! My favourite picture of people people visiting the Manson cave of all time is the pic where John Aes-Nihil and two friends are sitting in the early 1980s, looking so goth. The talent of Manson and his friends has always amazed me, music, painting, embroidery, and more. Amazing art is also inspired by the Manson people. John Aes-Nihil's movie, and of course Hendrickson's movie which I've watched so many times I've lost count, and many paintings. Theres a shop on etsy that only sells ATWA inspired jewelry. Yes I have purchased two pieces because they are really unique. I still listen to Lie. I was listening to it last night and I've heard it hundreds of times since I was a teen, but I was thinking this is really a classic album. It's really great album. My friends disagree, but they just don't get it.

Barrie said...

I've been working on a diorama of Spahn Ranch for years. Every building is hand built. Started with popsicle stick frames and then reinforced the outsides with salvaged pieces of wood and and wallpapered the interiors of the rooms. So far I've only completed 3 buildings. I work on terrain a lot. I add a lot rocks and small soda bottles meant for doll houses from craft stores. I always imagined that Spahn Ranch had a lot of litter and trash, like bottles on the ground. Am I correct? Anyone who was ever there, please let me know. I wasn't born until 1975, it was already burned down by the time I was born. i'm trying to make it as historically accurate as possible.

Matt said...

Barrie, take a diorama photo and send it to us if you want. We'd like to see it.


william marshall said...

I remember reading about John Aesios in Charles Manson now if I remember right he gifted MARLYN WITH THE PRIZED SPIDER CHARLIE MADE