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Birth of a Psychedelic Culture

Originally published in 2010 ‘Birth of a Psychedelic Culture – Conversations about Leary, the Harvard experiment, Millbrook and the Sixties’ is a fascinating insight into the early years of the Western social phenomena, known as psychedelia. Its multifaceted approach produces a wonderfully rounded examination of life within the burgeoning psychedelic...

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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

Originally published in 1968 ‘The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test’ by Tom Wolfe is both a remarkable work of journalism and a historical-literary classic. It follows the exploits of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters as they trip their way round the US in the 1960s, turning on the masses and...

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

‘Fear and loathing in Las Vegas – A savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream’ originally appeared in two parts, in Rolling Stone magazine, in November 1971. The novel appeared soon afterwards and has been re-printed many times since. Written by self-styled Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, under...

Albion Dreaming

Albion Dreaming: An interview with Andy Roberts

Andy Roberts is a writer and the author of ‘Albion Dreaming – A cultural history of LSD in Britain’. The first book to deal exclusively with the impact of LSD on British culture ‘Albion Dreaming’ is a thoughtfully researched space into the history of the relationship, which investigates military, scientific and...

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Wildest Dreams: An Anthology of Drug-Related Literature by Richard Rudgley (Ed)

Originally published in 1999, compiled and edited by Richard Rudgley, ‘Wildest Dreams – An anthology of drug-related literature’ is nothing if not comprehensive. Ranging from the second to the twentieth century A.D. ‘Wildest Dreams’ is a grand tour of the human relationship with drugs, through the medium of literature. Richard...

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DMT and literature: An interview with Rick Strassman

Rick Strassman M.D. is the author of DMT: The Spirit Molecule, a modern psychedelic classic, which chronicles Rick’s experiences conducting a human research trial with DMT between 1990-1995. He’s been kind enough to lend PsypressUK his thoughts on psychedelic literature, writing and his latest projects. The depth and breadth to...

Albion Dreaming

Albion Dreaming By Andy Roberts

‘Albion Dreaming’,  written by Andy Roberts, was first published in 2008 by Marshall Cavendish. The book explores the history of LSD use in Britain, charting the military, scientific and cultural use of the psychedelic since its introduction in 1952. Joining an illustrious line of psychedelic drug histories, ‘Albion Dreaming’ is...

The Drug User

The Drug User by John Strausbaugh (Ed)

Printed in 1991, ‘The Drug User: Documents 1840-1960’ is an anthology of drug-related literature that dates from before the beginnings of the psychedelic counterculture movement. Edited by John Strausbaugh and Donald Blaise, with a forward by William S. Burroughs, ‘The Drug User’ is filled with a literary flair so often...

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LSD – Doorway to the Numinous By Stanislav Grof

First published in 1975 under the title ‘Realms of the human unconscious’, this 2nd edition entitled ‘LSD – Doorway to the Numinous’ chronicles 17 years of investigation by researcher and psychiatrist Stanislav Grof into LSD. The book has become one of the central texts in the psychedelic corpus. Stanislav Grof...

Shroom by Andy Letcher

Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom By Andy Letcher

Originally published in 2006, Shroom: A cultural History of the magic mushroom is one of the best written secondary works of psychedelic literature available. It examines a traceable history through what we can know to be sure about the cultural use of psilocybin mushrooms, to what smacks of cultural story-telling,...

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