Wayne Kramer of the MC5 and former New York Doll Arthur Kane are amongst the ‘models’ participating in These Children That Come At You With Knives, a photographic recreation of the Manson murders by photographer Geoffrey Cordner for an exhibition at Hollywood’s Zero One Gallery on Melrose Avenue and appearing in the latest issue of bi monthly fanzine POPsmear.
While most American are marking the 30th anniversaries of Woodstock and the Apollo 11 moon landings this summer, others will be celebrating the Manson murders that shocked America when members of Manson‘s hippie gang went on a killing spree in the Hollywood hills.
The exhibition uses faces from the underground such as Maynard Keenan of Tool as Charles Manson, Kembra Pfahler of Voluptuous Horror Of Karen Black as Sharon Tate (wife of director Roman Polanski; murdered while pregnant, the foetus torn from her womb after death) and Martyn LeNoble of Porno For Pyros as Gary Hinman. Ex MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer is Leno LaBianca (murdered along with his wife Rosemary; he had a fork stuck in his stomach by the Manson gang after they killed him) and Arthur Kane ex of the New York Dolls as George Spahn (octogenarian owner of the ranch where The family holed up when they were finally arrested).
The exhibition opens this Sunday, but if you can’t make it over to Hollywood, you can look at the POPsmear website for a selection of the pics and script by Legs McNeil (author of Please Kill Me: An Oral History Of Punk)