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Apparently, Prison Has Turned Phil Spector Into Gollum

Apparently, Prison Has Turned Phil Spector Into Gollum: Photo credit: California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Photo credit: California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Depending on your age and interest in 1960s pop music, you either know Phil Spector as a legendary Rock ‘n Roll producer or as the guy who wore crazy, bizarre wigs at his murder trial. Well these newly released images of him will shatter both those illusions.

In 2003 Spector was convicted for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson. After spending over a decade in prison for the crime, the California Department of Corrections released pictures from last October of the then 73-year-old music icon. Predictably, he doesn’t look great especially without access to his famous (or, more appropriately, infamous) wigs.

Phil Spector Prison Picture

Photo credit: California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation

According to a Department of Corrections spokesman the pictures were taken as Spector was being transported to the California Health Care Facility, which provides help to the state’s sickest inmates.

Below are some of the more infamous images of Spector taken during his 2003 trial.

Phil Spector

Phil Spector

Phil Spector

Phil Spector

For some perspective, here’s a picture of Spector during the 1970s.

Picture of Phil Spector

Photo credit: The Telegraph

As a song he produced says, it’s been a long and winding road for Phil Spector.


Joseph Misulonas is an intern for Playboy.com. He can be found on Twitter at @jmisulonas.

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