Birth of A Psychedelic Culture

Birth of A Psychedelic Culture

Conversations About Leary, the Harvard Experiments, Millbrook and the Sixties

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Gardners Books
A conversational memoir by two of the most pioneering men at the forefront of consciousness research, Ram Dass and Ralph Metzner.

Synergetic Pr
No understanding of the history of the sixties could be complete without a grasp of the work of Leary, Alpert, and Metzner, the cultural resistance to their experiments, and the way in which psychoactive drug use became a part of contemporary society. Next Generation Independent Book Awards Finalist, Birth of a Psychedelic Culture explores these experiments and their cultural milieu through never before seen photographs, personal accounts of authors Ralph Metzner and Ram Dass, and conversations with luminaries such as Aldous Huxley, Charles Mingus, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and others that appeared on the scene.

Book News
For better or worse, one of the legacies of the 1960s is the use of psychedelics such as LSD. Based on conversations between Ralph Metzner and Ram Dass (Richard Alpert)--both of whom were intimately involved with Timothy Leary's first experiments with LSD at Harvard--this book describes the beginnings of the sixties culture. Metzner and Ram Dass reflect on their experiences with psychedelics and on the role they can play in altering consciousness, and recall their encounters with Allen Ginsburg, William Burroughs, Charlie Mingus and other sixties figures. The book also includes commentaries from other people involved with Leary's "scene", and numerous previously unpublished photographs. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Santa Fe, NM : Synergetic Press, c2010
ISBN: 9780907791386
Characteristics: 240 p. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Bravo, Gary
Metzner, Ralph


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