Music Military connection
Before arriving in Laurel Canyon and opening the doors of his home to the
soon-to-be famous, the already famous, and the infamous (such as the
aforementioned Charlie Manson, whose ‘Family’ also spent time at the Log Cabin
and at the Laurel Canyon home of “Mama” Cass Elliot, which, in case you didn’t
know, sat right across the street from the Laurel Canyon home of Abigail Folger
and Voytek Frykowski, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here), John Edmund
Andrew Phillips was, shockingly enough, yet another child of the
military/intelligence complex. The son of U.S. Marine Corp Captain Claude Andrew
Phillips and a mother who claimed to have psychic and telekinetic powers, John
attended a series of elite military prep schools in the Washington, D.C. area,
culminating in an appointment to the prestigious U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.
After leaving Annapolis, John married Susie Adams, a direct descendant of ‘Founding Father’ John Adams. Susie’s father, James Adams, Jr., had been involved in what Susie described as “cloak-and-dagger stuff with the Air Force in Vienna,” or what we like to call covert intelligence operations. Susie herself would later find employment at the Pentagon, alongside John Phillip’s older sister, Rosie, who dutifully reported to work at the complex for nearly thirty years. John’s mother, ‘Dene’ Phillips, also worked for most of her life for the federal government in some unspecified capacity. And John’s older brother, Tommy, was a battle-scarred former U.S. Marine who found work as a cop on the Alexandria police force, albeit one with a disciplinary record for exhibiting a violent streak when dealing with people of color.
John Phillips, of course – though surrounded throughout his life by military/intelligence personnel – did not involve himself in such matters. Or so we are to believe. Before succeeding in his musical career, however, John did seem to find himself, quite innocently of course, in some rather unusual places. One such place was Havana, Cuba, where Phillips arrived at the very height of the Cuban Revolution. For the record, Phillips has claimed that he went to Havana as nothing more than a concerned private citizen, with the intention of – you’re going to love this one – “fighting for Castro.” Because, as I mentioned earlier, a lot of folks in those days traveled abroad to thwart CIA operations before taking up residence in Laurel Canyon and joining the ‘hippie’ generation. During the two weeks or so that the Cuban Missile Crisis played out, a few years after Castro took power, Phillips found himself cooling his heels in Jacksonville, Florida – alongside, coincidentally I’m sure, the Mayport Naval Station.  Inside The LC by Dave McGowan
[vid] David McGowan, Military Industrial Entertainment in Laurel Canyon, Trans Resister Radio interview David McGowan talks about his article series Inside the LC: The Strange but Mostly True Story of Laurel Canyon and the Birth of the Hippie Generation
In September 2009, Phillips' memoir 'High on Arrival' was released. Phillips appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show for an hour-long interview. She told Winfrey that she first tried marijuana when she was 11 years old, and that her father (John Phillips) did drugs with her and injected her with cocaine.
During the interview, Phillips read excerpts from her book. She said that at the age of 19, on the night before her first wedding, "I woke up that night from a blackout to find myself having sex with my own father." In a later article in People magazine she adds that she was under the influence of drugs provided by her father. Phillips then told Winfrey, "It became a consensual relationship," describing her participation as "sort of "Stockholm Syndrome", where you begin to love your captor." She backed off from her claim that the relationship was consensual saying during her reception speech when she received a Voice of Courage award from Darkness To Light in November, 2009. http://lvb-research.blogspot.com/2010/05/brief-history-of-stars-part-one.html