MEDIA: Book Suggestion –
May 23, 2020 – In 1995, a decade before Mikel Jollett became the frontman of the indie rock band the Toxic Airborne Event, he was a 20-year-old Stanford student enrolled in the university’s popular Psychology of Mind Control course taught by Philip Zimbardo (of Stanford Prison Experiment fame).
Jollett remembers devouring the entire syllabus, reading about Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple and Vietnam prisoner-of-war camps and thinking, “It all feels familiar, like reading your own family history,” the singer-songwriter and former music journalist writes in his mesmerizing new memoir, “Hollywood Park,” out Tuesday, May 26. Unlike most of his classmates, Jollett wasn’t learning about cults with an intellectual curiosity about why people fall prey to charismatic leaders. For him, the class was personal.