17 March 2011

OWSLEY STANLEY (1935 - 2011)

Owsley Stanley com Jerry Garcia, dos Grateful Dead (1969)

"The American psychologist Timothy Leary's famous invitation to 'tune in, turn on and drop out' changed a generation. The key element was 'turn on' and it was Owsley Stanley who provided the means to do just that. Stanley, who has died aged 76, produced millions of doses of acid, the psychedelic drug LSD, which fuelled the 1967 Summer of Love in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district, and spread around the world.

Jefferson Airplane - "Ballad Of You & Me & Pooneil" (1970)

Jimi Hendrix's 'Purple Haze' was the consequence of Stanley's Monterey Purple acid; his varieties included White Lightning and Blue Cheer and aficionados called the best acid simply 'Owsley'. He supplied the Beatles at the time of their Magical Mystery Tour television film (1967), and provided the acid to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest novelist Ken Kesey and his 'Merry Pranksters', whose 1964 bus trip across America was chronicled by Tom Wolfe in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" (1968). (artigo integral aqui)


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