Birth of Psychedelic Culture

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The latest alert from Barlowfriendz, care of John Perry Barlow, Peripheral Visionary; Managing Partner, Algae Systems, and Co-Founder and Rocking Chair at Electronic Frontier Foundation, announces the book release of Birth of A Psychedelic Culture—Conversations about Leary, the Harvard Experiments, Millbrook and the Sixties, by Ram Dass and Ralph Metzgner, from Synergetic Press. The book’s Forward was written by Barlow and can be downloaded here.

Following is an excerpt:

“It’s now almost half a century since that day in September 1961 when a mysterious fellow named Michael Hollingshead made an appointment to meet Professor Timothy Leary over lunch at the Harvard Faculty Club.When they met in the foyer, Hollingshead was carrying with him a quart jar of sugar paste into which he had infused a gram of Sandoz LSD. He had smeared this goo all over his own increasingly abstract consciousness and it still contained, by his own reckoning, 4,975 strong (200 mcg) doses of LSD. And the mouth of that jar became perhaps the most significant of the fumaroles from which the ‘60s blew forth.”

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