Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America

Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America


Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America uncovers a hidden historical past of the most important psychedelic distribution and trust procedure the realm has ever recognized. via a set of fast paced interlocking narratives, it animates the story of an alternative the USA and its wide-eyed electorate: the LSD-slinging graffiti writers of important Park, the Dead-loving AI scientists of Stanford, utopian entire Earth homesteaders, black industry chemists, government-wanted nameless hackers, rogue explorers, East Village bluegrass pickers, non secular seekers, web pioneers, marketers, pranksters, pioneering DJs, and a country of Deadheads.

WFMU DJ and veteran song author Jesse Jarnow attracts on wide new firsthand debts from many never-before-interviewed matters and a wealth of deep archival learn to create a comic-book-colored and panoramic American panorama, taking readers for a guided journey of the hippie road packed with lit-up explorers, top journeys, immense busts, and scenic vistas, from Vermont to the Pacific Northwest, from the outdated international head capitals of San Francisco and manhattan to the geodesic dome—dotted valleys of Colorado and New Mexico. And with the psychedelic examine entering into the mainstream for the 1st time in many years, Heads additionally recounts the tale of the quiet entheogenic revolution that for years has been brewing resiliently within the Dead's Technicolor shadow.

Featuring over 4 dozen photos, many by no means ahead of seen—including pop artist Keith Haring's first publicly bought work—Heads weaves on of the twentieth and twenty first centuries' so much misunderstood subcultures into the material of the nation's historical past. Written for somebody who questioned what occurred to the heads after the Acid exams, throughout the '70s, through the Drug struggle, and directly to the psychedelic current, Heads collects the fundamental heritage of ways LSD, Deadheads, tie-dye, and the occasional undesirable journey became favourite beneficial properties of the yankee experience.

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