Uncharted: Crime and mayhem in the music industry

Curiouscast

Have I got a story for you! Award winning Music Historian and host of the chart topping Ongoing History of New Music Podcast Alan Cross unleashes his next amazing podcast. In every episode Alan Cross takes you inside unbelievable true stories of crime, murder, scandal, strange deaths, unexplainable events, and the general mayhem from the music industry through the decades.There is a lot of bad behavior that needs to be talked about. It’s a one-of-a-kind podcast featuring true crime stories from the world of music. read less
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Episodes

The Mysterious Dissaperance of Richey Edwards | 9
20-02-2024
The Mysterious Dissaperance of Richey Edwards | 9
It’s hard to disappear…with all the surveillance tools out there and digital smog we leave behind, it’s almost impossible to vanish without a trace…yet it happens… We still haven’t found Amelia Earhart who has been missing since 1937 when she tried to fly around the world…we don’t know what became of DB Cooper, the hijacker who in 1971 bailed out of a plane somewhere in the pacific northwest with $200,000 in ransom money…no one has ever found teamster president jimmy Hoffa after that last lunch in 1975… And you’ve probably heard about maddy McCann the English child who is still missing since 2007 after disappearing from the bedroom of an apartment at a resort in Portugal… Those are the most notorious cases….but have you heard these stories? Edward and Stephanie Andrews left a cocktail party in may 1970…they were last seen turning the wrong way on a one-way street and were never heard from again…the case is still open… Then we have the case of Peter Winston, a chess prodigy who went missing after bombing out of a tournament in 1977…his body has never been found… Anyone remember the story of Bison Dele?...he was a retired NBA player who went sailing in the South Pacific and was never seen again…cops think his brother, who was on the boat with him, killed everyone on board, dumped the bodies at sea and then committed suicide…but we’ll never know… There are mysterious disappearances throughout the history of music, too…one of the most baffling is the fate of Richey Edwards of the Manic Street Preachers…one day he was at a hotel in London getting ready for a trip to North America…the next—who knows?...he was just—gone…vanished without a trace… So many questions…what happened?...what do we know?...with all the CCTV coverage in the UK, is there no record of his movements?...what was done to find him?...where’s the body?...or could he still be alive?...did he just figure out how to disappear completely…have I got a story for you… This is the mysterious disappearance of Richey Edwards from “uncharted: crime and mayhem in the music industry”… Show contact info: X (formerly Twitter): @AlanCross Website: curiouscast.ca Email: Alan@alancross.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Bjork Acid Bomber | 8
06-02-2024
The Bjork Acid Bomber | 8
How many times have you or heard someone say “i’m obsessed with [whatever]”…you’re trying to say that there’s something of which you can’t get enough…it could be anything from a flavour of ice cream to a reality TV show…it’s usually just hyperbole and exaggeration… But if we get clinical, obsession can be a form of mental illness…we open up the psychology textbooks, we learn that a true obsession is a recurring thought about something or someone…it’s always on a person’s mind, maybe even 24/7…we’re talking thoughts, dreams, urges, and fantasies… These obsessions, this rabid focus, may be intrusive, unwelcome, all-consuming, and dangerous…a person may end up surrendering themselves to these thoughts, driven to focus on the object of the obsession full-time… Take the case of John Hinckley, jr…he was from a wealthy Texas family who owned an oil company…but john didn’t fit in…he tried going to university but eventually dropped out…he moved to California with dreams of being a songwriter…that didn’t work…when he returned to Texas, he had to confess that the girlfriend he said he had out west didn’t exist… Hinckley disappeared into himself with severe emotional issues…antidepressants and tranquilizers were prescribed…but he also started buying guns and target shooting…and he spent a lot of time watching the 1976 Martin Scorsese film, “Taxi Driver”…if you know the film, you’ll know that Robert De Niro plays Travis Bickle, a disturbed loner who plots to kill a presidential candidate…he runs across a 12-year-old prostitute named Iris steesmas, played by Jody Foster… Hinckley became obsessed with Foster…when she enrolled at Yale, Hinckley moved to Connecticut to stalk her…he left her poems and love letters, and called whenever he could find her number…Hinckley became determined to attract her attention…how?...he thought about hijacking a plane…maybe he’d just show up one day and shoot himself in front of her… Finally, he determined the best way was to assassinate a president, just like Travis Bickle…he trailed Jimmy Carter for a while but was arrested…more psychiatric treatment followed…and then Ronald Reagan was elected… On March 30, 1981, Hinckley pulled out a 22-calibre pistol and fired it six times as Reagan left the Hilton Hotel in Washington after addressing a conference…Reagan survived, but it was touch-and-go…others were hurt, too… After a trial, he was found not guilty by reason of insanity….he was finally released from custody in 2022… The world of music has many obsessives, although few as extreme as Hinckley…there is one standout, though: a young loner in Florida who, like Hinckley, was determined to attract the attention of his love…in the process, he turned into a murderous hater… I’m Alan Cross, and have I got a story for you…this is uncharted: crime and mayhem in the music industry episode 8…the tale of the Bjork acid bomber… Show contact info: X (formerly Twitter): @AlanCross Website: curiouscast.ca Email: Alan@alancross.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Linkin Park Cyberstalker | 7
23-01-2024
The Linkin Park Cyberstalker | 7
There have been many studies into the different types of music fans…basically, they can be broken down into four types… At the bottom of the pyramid are people who aren’t fans at all…they don’t like you or don’t care about you…they may not even know who you are…so for the purposes of this discussion, they don’t matter… The next level are casual fans…they sort of like you or your music, but they can take or leave what you’re selling…they have zero investment in your career… Going up another level, we have true fans…they love you enough that they’ll spend money on you…they’ll stream your music faithfully, buy physical product like CD’s or vinyl from time-to-time, probably own a t-shirt or two, and will go to your shows and have a very good time… At the very top are the superfans…superfans love, love, love you…they’re evangelists…they follow your ever move…they’ll buy everything…they’ll get involved and donate to your charitable causes…and they’ll go to all of the shows…they may total 10% of your total fanbase but are the source of the majority of your income—like 60, 70, even 80%...they are the top of the fan pyramid… From there, though, we can cross over to the dark side…this is where we find the fantasists, the deluded, the obsessed, the trolls, and the insane…they are dangerous people, a threat to you and the people around you…and they show up when you least expect it…and if they break into your online world, that’s a whole new level of terror… Have i got a story for you…The Linkin Park cyberstalker. Show contact info: X (formerly Twitter): @AlanCross Website: curiouscast.ca Email: Alan@alancross.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Bob Marley Must Die | 6
09-01-2024
Bob Marley Must Die | 6
Music can be a powerful motivator…not just for individuals, either…if the message is strong and people are searching for truth, music can transform entire communities and countries around the planet…and its effects can long outlive its creator, inspiring people to action for decades… Bob Marley was one of those creators…not only can his music be heard in virtually every country, but his image is everywhere, too…I was in a rural village in Poland and while I was looking for somewhere to eat, I came across a building with a huge mural of Marley… The same thing happened when I was touring through the jungles of Indonesia…there was one shop in this one particular off-the-beaten-path settlement and it was all decked out in bob Marley everything… It’s universal, these messages of love and positivity and togetherness and righteousness…plus there’s just something about a reggae beat that amplifies the sentiment of the lyrics… Bob Marley remains one of the most beloved musicians of the last 100 years…so why would anyone want him dead?...there were more than a few people who wished that…they considered him dangerous, a threat, someone who needed to be dealt with before he interfered with their interests…the story involves social movements, local politics, and even players in the cold war between the U.S. and the USSR… The consensus was Bob Marley must die… Show contact info: X (formerly Twitter): @AlanCross Website: curiouscast.ca Email: Alan@alancross.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Satanic Panic | 5
19-12-2023
The Satanic Panic | 5
When rock music appeared in the 1950s, a lot of people were frightened…all this dancing and gyrating and hootin’ and hollerin’ was labeled “the devil’s music”…it beckoned youth down a dangerous path towards immorality and destruction… It encouraged disrespect of parents and elders…it spat in the face of strong traditional values…and this music could only lead to a rise in godlessness, which, of course, meant that everyone was going to hell… This kind of opposition was seen across the western world but was particularly strong in the united states…preachers railed from pulpits…politicians wailed about juvenile delinquents and their music…rallies were held, records were burned, and this new music was roundly condemned as the worst thing to ever happen to civilization… For the most part, though, young people ignored this histrionic caterwauling and keeping making and listening to rock…the anti-rock crowd grew even more apoplectic with the rise of the counter-culturalism of the 1960s and early 70s, blaming music for everything from long hair to the sexual revolution to drug use to opposition against foreign wars… Rock fans took it all in stride… “yeah, whatever…you’re over-reacting…our souls are perfectly safe…tell you what: you do you and we’ll do us, okay?”…and for about a decade, there was this uneasy divide separating rockers from the religious anti-rockers… Then in the 1980s and 90s, a portion of society lost its collective mind…to these people Satan was everywhere in music…his work and influence needed to be exposed and exorcised from culture… This wasn’t artistic expression…this was Lucifer’s sneaky way to seize the souls of the vulnerable, impressionable young…the antichrist was at work…evil demonic forces were everywhere…and nothing became more important that casting out Beelzebub’s rock music once and for all…it was nuts… …I’m Alan Cross and have I got some stories for… this is uncharted: crime and mayhem in the music industry…episode 5…the era of satanic panic Show contact info: X (formerly Twitter): @AlanCross Website: curiouscast.ca Email: Alan@alancross.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Led Zeppelin Heist | 4
05-12-2023
The Led Zeppelin Heist | 4
In the spring of 1973, Led Zeppelin was the biggest live act in the world…on may 4, they started a two-leg, 34-date tour of North America, their ninth time on the continent…and they began to break records… There were 53,000 at the first show in Atlanta…the second show—played at Tampa Stadium in Florida—58,600 fans showed up, breaking the attendance record for a gig by a single band set by the Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1965… The tour wound through the U.S. south, out to the west coast and then back through the north, popping up to Vancouver for one Canadian show…the final three shows were booked for Madison Square Garden in new york on July 27th, 28th and 29th…these nights were also reserved for the filming of a concert film that would become “the song remains the same”… The first two shows—a Friday and Saturday—went off without a hitch…all they had left was one more concert on Sunday night and then they could go home… The band was exhausted…they were performing three hours a night…drugs and alcohol and groupies and dealers were everywhere…they had their own private jet which allowed the parties to continue between gigs… Meanwhile, the money flowing in was unlike anything any other act had every seen…peter grant, the band’s scary manager, had insisted that Zeppelin be paid in cash…only he and road manager Richard Cole ever saw the money…  So who stole nearly $200,000 from the band’s hotel the night of that final gig?...  Show contact info: X (formerly Twitter): @AlanCross Website: curiouscast.ca Email: Alan@alancross.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices