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The Harvard Psychedelic Club – Don Lattin

“In the winter of 1960-61, when their lives began to overlap in Cambridge, Mass., Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, Andrew Weil and Huston Smith resembled tweedy extras from ‘Mad Men.’ These future psychedelic pioneers were still buttoned-down intellectuals and careerists, men … Continue reading

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Jajouka Or Joujouka? The Conflicted Legacy Of The Master Musicians

“‘Telephone Man’ was a gimbri player who used to play in the village of Joujouka (just as often spelled Jajouka), decades before mobile phones finally connected the hilltop base to the outside world around ten years ago. He would visit … Continue reading

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Yarrowstalks

“Yarrowstalks was an underground newspaper (and later a magazine), primarily based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that published 12 issues from 1967 to 1975. It is notable for being the first publication to publish the comix of underground cartoonist Robert Crumb. Unlike … Continue reading

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A Golden Guide: Hallucinogenic Plants

“Around the same time Albert Hoffman synthesized LSD in the early 1940s, a pioneering ethnobotanist, writer, and photographer named Richard Evan Schultes set out ‘on a mission to study how indigenous peoples’ in the Amazon rainforest ‘used plants for medicinal, … Continue reading

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Diane di Prima

“Diane di Prima (August 6, 1934 – October 25, 2020) was an American poet, known for her association with the Beat movement. She was also an artist, prose writer, and teacher. Di Prima authored nearly four dozen books. … She edited … Continue reading

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Grove Press

“Grove Press is an American publishing imprint that was founded in 1947. Imprints include: Black Cat, Evergreen, Venus Library, and Zebra. Barney Rosset purchased the company in 1951 and turned it into an alternative book press in the United States. … Continue reading

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The Hippies Who Hated the Summer of Love

Young hippies straddle the sidewalk as an elderly woman, a long-time resident of the Haight-Ashbury district, walks by in San Francisco, Calif., on April 25, 1967. “The posters began to appear around the city just after New Year’s, 1967. ‘A … Continue reading

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Legend of a Mind – Timothy Leary & LSD

Timothy Leary during a press conference in New York City, September 19, 1966 – “turn on, tune in, drop out.” “‘Legend of a Mind’ is the name of a 1968 song by British rock band The Moody Blues. It’s about … Continue reading

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Ram Dass (1931 – 2019)

Ram Dass speaking at the Alternative Media Conference at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt., in 1970. “Baba Ram Dass, who epitomized the 1960s of legend by popularizing psychedelic drugs with Timothy Leary, a fellow Harvard academic, before finding spiritual inspiration … Continue reading

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The Psychedelic Experience – Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner and Richard Alpert (1964)

“The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead (commonly referred to as The Psychedelic Experience) is a book about using psychedelic drugs that was coauthored by Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner and Richard Alpert, all of … Continue reading

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