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Trippers by William J Booker

Trippers by William J. Booker

Originally published in 2011 ‘Trippers’ by William T. Booker is based on the author’s adventures around Britain in 1971. Set against the backdrop of travels, acid trips and a haze of cigarette and cannabis smoke, the book explores the role of ‘freaks’ in early Seventies British society as well as...

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Festival Preview: Sunrise Celebration 2011

Sunrise Celebration 2011 – Festival of Organic Arts and Culture – is taking place between the 2-5 of June at Gilcombe Farm, Bruton, in Somerset, UK. This year’s music includes the amazing ambient psytrance outfit Shpongle (DJ set), The Beat, System 7, The Orb Soundsystem, Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit,...

Psychedelic Healing

Psychedelic Healing by Neal M. Goldsmith

Originally published in 2011 ‘Psychedelic Healing – The Promise of Entheogens for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development’ comes at an important time in the reinvigorated psychedelic research field. Written by Dr. Neal M. Goldsmith, the book explores some of psychedelic therapy’s history, while at the same time introducing and outlining the...

The Atmosphere of Heaven

The Atmosphere of Heaven by Mike Jay

Originally published in 2009 ‘The Atmosphere of Heaven: The Unnatural Experiments of Dr Beddoes and his Sons of Genius’ is an outstanding work of historical non-fiction by Mike Jay. His previously published drug-related works include such titles as ‘Blue Tide’ and ‘Emperors of Dreams’ and this offering is an examination...

The Discovery of Love by Malden Grange Bishop

The Discovery of Love by Malden Grange Bishop

Originally published in 1963 ‘The Discovery of Love – A Psychedelic Experience with LSD-25’ written by Malden Grange Bishop, is typical, though with its own idiosyncrasies, of the LSD psychotherapy literature that was published in the late 1950s and early 1960s. As the title suggests, the context of Bishop’s single...

Realms of the Human Unconscious by Stanislav Grof

Realms of the Human Unconscious by Stanislav Grof

‘Realms of the Human Unconscious – Observations from LSD Research’ by Stanislav Grof has recently (2010) been republished by Souvenir Press, having originally been published in 1975. Stanislav Grof spent 17 years researching LSD and other hallucinogenic drugs between 1955 and 1972 in a psychotherapy context. He began his research...

The Religion of Ayahuasca - The Teachings of the Church of Santo Daime

The Religion of Ayahuasca by Alex Polari De Alverga

Originally published in 1999 under the title ‘Forest of Visions: Ayahuasca, Amazonian spirituality, and the Santo Daime Tradition’; this edition, published under the new title ‘The Religion of Ayahuasca – The Teachings of the Church of Santo Daime’, came out in 2010. The author, Alex Polari De Alverga, tells the...

The Private Sea by William Braden

The Private Sea: LSD and the Search for God by William Braden

Originally published in 1967 ‘The Private Sea: LSD and the Search for God’ by William Braden is, broadly speaking, an attempt to contextualise spiritual and religious readings of the psychedelic experience in regard to other apparently contingent social movements of the time. William Braden was a journalist who, in writing...

The Pot Book

The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis by Julie Holland (Ed.)

Originally published in 2010 ‘The Pot Book: A complete guide to cannabis, its role in medicine, politics, science, and culture’ is a collection of articles, essays and interviews edited by Julie Holland. A psychiatrist specialising in psychopharmacology, Holland has previously edited ‘Ecstasy: The Complete Guide’ and written the bestseller ‘Weekends...

The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross

The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross by John M. Allegro

Originally published in 1970 ‘The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross’ by John M. Allegro was recently republished in 2009, by the Allegro Estate and Gnostic Media. This edition contains all notes and indices and it is from this latest, 40th anniversary edition that this review has been written, with thanks to Gnostic...

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