Category: 1971 – 2000

Reviews of psychedelic literature, trip lit and drug-related writing first published between 1971 and 2000.

Rediscovering Drugs

Reconsidering Drugs: Mapping Victorian and Modern Drug Discourses by Lawrence Driscoll

Title: Reconsidering Drugs: Mapping Victorian and Modern Drug Discourses [HB] Author: Lawrence Driscoll Publisher: Palgrave ISBN: 0312222726 Year: 2000 In the introduction to Reconsidering Drugs, its author Lawrence Driscoll describes a society that promulgates the idea that “we investigate the problem of drugs, assuming that only they use drugs, and...

The Hashish Club

The Hashish Club Vol.1 & 2 by Peter Haining

Originally published in two volumes in 1975 ‘The Hashish Club: An Anthology of Drug Literature’ is compiled and edited by Peter Haines. Volume one looks at the founding of the modern tradition of pharmacography, from Coleridge to Crowley, while the second looks at the psychedelic era, Huxley to Lennon. This...

Peyote Hunt

Peyote Hunt by Barbara G. Myerhoff

In 1966, American anthropologists Barbara G. Myerhoff (1935-1985) and Peter T. Furst, set out on a peyote pilgrimage together with a small group of Huichol Indians, led by a shaman named Ramón Medina Silva. Their destination was Wirikuta in the mountains of central Mexico, which the Huichols believe to be...


Intoxication by Ronald K. Siegel

Originally published in 1989 under the title ‘Intoxication: Life in the Pursuit of Artificial Paradise,’ this 2005 reissue by Park Street Press is entitled ‘Intoxication: The Universal Drive for Mind-Altering Substances.’ The author, Ronald K. Siegel is a psychopharmacologist interested in the social and psychological effects of drugs. His other...

The Wondrous Mushroom

The Wondrous Mushroom by R. Gordon Wasson

Originally published in 1980, the 2013 edition of R. Gordon Wasson’s ‘The Wondrous Mushroom: Mycolatry in Mesoamerica’ is issued by City Lights Books. Early in his career, Wasson was Vice-President of J. P. Morgan but later became the ‘father of ethnomycology’, dedicating his life to the study of psychoactive mushrooms...

Hallucinogens and shamanism

Hallucinogens and Shamanism by Michael J. Harner [Ed.]

Originally published in 1973 by the Oxford University Press,  ‘Hallucinogens and Shamanism’ is a collection of scholarly, anthropological essays compiled and edited by Michael J. Harner. At the time of publication Harner was the President of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. After the wide negative publicity surrounding hallucinogens during the...

Sisters of the Extreme

Sisters of the Extreme by Cynthia Palmer and Michael Horowitz [Eds.]

Originally published in 1982 under the title ‘Shaman Woman, Mainline Lady’, this revised ad updated 2000 Park Street Press edition is entitled ‘Sisters of the Extreme: Woman Writing on the Drug Experience’. This collection of works of pharmacography is edited by Cynthia Palmer and Michael Horowitz. Scholars of drug history...

Altered State

Altered State by Matthew Collin

Originally published in 1997, this review of ‘Altered State: The Story of Ecstasy Culture and Acid House’ by Matthew Collin, with contributions by John Godfrey, is from the 1998 updated second edition. Detailing the growth of ecstasy culture in the UK, from its roots in the United States, Ibiza and...

The Sacred Mushroom

The Sacred Mushroom Seeker by Thomas J. Riedlinger (Ed)

Originally published in 1990 by Timber Press ‘The Sacred Mushroom Seeker: Tributes to R. Gordon Wasson’ is a collection edited by Thomas J. Riedlinger. This review is written from the later Park Street Press edition. The short tributes to ethnomycologist Robert Gordon Wasson come from the likes of Richard Evans...

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