Phil Spector 'alarmed' by Manson note

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 July 2009
Phil Spector

Phil Spector 'alarmed' by Manson note

Phil Spector is struggling to adapt to life in prison and is ''very worried'' after receiving a note from murderer Charles Manson, suggesting a musical collaboration while they are incarcerated in the same prison

Phil Spector is "alarmed and scared" that Charles Manson wants to work with him.

The 68-year-old music producer - who was jailed for 15 years to life in May for the killing of actress Lana Clarkson - was horrified to receive a note from the murderer via a guard at California's Corcoran State Prison, where they are both serving their sentences.

Spector's publicist Hal Lifson said: "Phil Spector has been very, very alarmed and scared at the notion of Charles Manson contacting him for any reason. 

"He is very worried that any association be made between himself and Charles Manson.

"Phil mentioned that he used to get phone calls from John Lennon and Tina Turner and now it's Charles Manson calling, so he said, 'Go figure.'  It was kind of a dark humour comment."

The spokesperson admitted the Wall of Sound pioneer is struggling to adapt to life in prison.

He added to BBC 6 Music News: "He's doing fair, at best, if not worse than fair. He's not doing great.

"He's in a horrible situation with virtually nothing to do all day. Phil Spector was always a highly productive, creative person and now he's in a 5ft by 9ft cell with no windows and maybe a half hour outside to walk around.

"It's essentially solitary confinement. He doesn't have computer access, he only recently got a little TV.

"It's a terrible existence for a millionaire record producer who lived in mansions and most recently in a castle, a 35 room home. It's a huge, huge change of life for Phil Spector and a devastating turn in his life."

Earlier this week, Spector's wife Rachelle revealed he had received the note from former cult leader Manson.

She said: "A guard brought Philip a note from Manson, who said he wanted him to come over. He said he considers Philip the greatest producer who ever lived. It was creepy. Philip didn't respond."

In the 1960s, Manson befriended the Beach Boys' Dennis Wilson and the group released a reworked version of his track 'Cease To Exist' as 'Never Learn Not To Love' in 1968.

He has made several records while in prison.

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