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Author: Andy Roberts
ISBN: 9814382167
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) Pte Ltd (2012)
Language: English
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e-Book Albion Dreaming: A Popular History of LSD in Britain epub download

by Andy Roberts

A popular history of LSD in Britain.

A popular history of LSD in Britain. Designed and typeset by Phoenix Photosetting, Lordswood, Chatham, Kent. ww. hoenixphotosetting.

Albion Dreaming book.

Though enthusiastic about LSD himself, Andy Roberts makes us aware of the drug's ambivalent nature and propensity to cause mental mayhem-& lysergic long dark night of the soul

Though enthusiastic about LSD himself, Andy Roberts makes us aware of the drug's ambivalent nature and propensity to cause mental mayhem-& lysergic long dark night of the soul

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Contrary to popular belief, LSD is much more connected to Britain than it is to the USA. This engaging book looks at the use of LSD in British society, from its arrival in 1952 to the present day. It provides a hidden history of . . It provides a hidden history of a controversial drug and how it permeated British culture. The author explores LSD’s use by the medical profession in treating a variety of psychological and mental problems. At the same time, The Ministry of Defence believed they were on the brink of harnessing LSD as a battlefield incapacitation drug which would enable wars to be won without loss of life. Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd, 30 сент.

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Andy Roberts redresses the balance in this book – revised and expanded since its first appearance in 2008 – in which the .

Andy Roberts redresses the balance in this book – revised and expanded since its first appearance in 2008 – in which the focus is on Britain as a "major crucible of LSD culture". In fact his story is so British that trippers include Sean Connery and Frankie Howerd, both of whom took the drug in LSD therapy. Just as the early history of LSD in America was bound up with the CIA, so Britain too had secret-state experimentation. The author explores LSD's use by the medical profession in treating a variety of psychological and mental problems.

His interest in LSD stems from his first acid trip in 1971 when the ultimate force of evil foretold the future to him.

uk or call 44 (0)20 Andy's book, Albion Dreaming: A popular history of LSD in Britain (Marshall Cavendish, 2008) was born from a desire to chronicle the history of this intriguing drug. Andy's talk, illustrated by powerpoint and DVD takes you on a history picnic to sample everything from the drug's arrival on these shores in 1952, through the medical and military experiments, the counterculture, to the sad death of Albert Hofmann. It is probably the only talk on LSD in which you'll hear the words of the Reverend Ian Paisley. His interest in LSD stems from his first acid trip in 1971 when the ultimate force of evil foretold the future to him.

Shipped from UK, please allow 10 to 21 business days for arrival. Very light wear.Slight creasing on back corner of the soft cover. Binding tight and square, contents clean and unmarked.
The book is very informative and interest but it is a bit dry. Still, if you are a student of such things it is a must read.
Loved every bit of it. Just when you thought you know everything about acid in the 60's comes a great British insight into the culture. Includes a lot of original information in a field that's been done to death.
This book cuts the propaganda and delivers the honest to god truth about LSD in Britain. I hear The Daily Mail and the Guardian and the British establishment, form both ends of the political divide, are still in league to suppress this biography of the chemical of the gods and all political parties, on our little island, are still at it, like a troop of clapping penguins, carrying on the masquerade, and so it is our duty to give a copy, or to just speak the truth, to our friends and family. Those who think it is all an escape from reality are missing the point. Lsd opens the gates to another place, a place we can never put into words, but it is still there, all of the time; like an eternal mozart symphony, in the atmosphere, that our senses are all deaf to, until we take Lsd.

Trying to pin down weird experiences with words is like trying to eat fire with an axe. Weird experiences you see can never be embodied or wrapped up into digestible words. Zen Buddhists talk about the impossibility of describing liberation. The original doctrines of awakening came from Vedic India. When done correctly, these doctrines will break open your hopelessly dreary reality and set you on your way to Nirvana, Moksha, and God (take your pick) . Unfortunately, only the special adepts achieve this goal; in original Buddhism for example, Nirvana was not meant for the peasants. (Forget all that New Age Mad'ayana 'everybody for the ride' rubbish peddled in the west). Thank heavens then for psychedelics. Today we have the new-kids on the block; the psychedelic experience and, more excitingly, the Lsd experience. These molecules can open the gates to worldwide Enlightenment, that is, they are for the masses. Lsd is an especially fast track to the above. It is even more unfortunate then that the Lsd experience really is impossible to describe with a voice box and a pen. It's this impossibility of 'solid' evidence that leads those who refuse to step off the merry-go-round of consumerism to conclude that these things are mere hallucinations. It is all an illusion apparently.

Galileo experienced the same frustrations with his peers a few centuries ago when his fellow professors refused to take a look through his telescope. So it behooves us to remember that it wasn't the peasants who refused to look through Galileo's telescope but the scholars with their learning from Aristotle and the Bible. That was 400 years ago but this conservative archetype resonates today. Today it is the psychologists and philosophers, with their learning from Darwinism and Einstein, who refuse to take a glance at psychedelic drugs (they argue that it is all an illusion), whilst outside the academy, the peasants if you will, are partying hard!

So those today, who are claiming it is all an illusion, have to remember that the same thing was said about Galileo's discoveries. Casare Cremonini, the most renowned Aristotelian philosopher of the early seventeenth century, is remembered today as the professor who refused to look through Galileo's telescope (for this Galileo called him 'simplicio'). It was in 1610 when Galileo looked through his telescope and saw the moons of Jupiter. He then realized then that what Aristotle said must be wrong, and the Bible too. Galileo hurried to tell his fellow peers, including his good friend Cremonini, that what they have all been doing for 2000 years was completely wrong and that he had the proof, "look through here and see the proof for yourselves", Galileo would have said. But amazingly, instead of wanting to see these new truths for themselves, Galileo's peers stubbornly refused even to look through the lens! The churchmen of Galileo's day dismissed his telescopic insights as being an optical illusion or hallucination and so not worth further investigation. These medieval professors didn't have to look through Galileo's telescope because they knew what they saw with their own naked eyes (they just knew they 'knew' from 'pure reasoning' in those days!). For thousands of years the naked eye was the only tool available for science and it worked just fine; from advanced mathematics in Greece and India to gothic architecture and beautiful art, this progress was all done with the naked eye. We naturally induce that `this is all there is', but paradoxically, without evidence. This has become known as the paradox of inductive reasoning. It is not logical to infer from an observation, even if that same event happens a thousand times; but the old dogma just kept sticking around. So if Galileo saw the heavens in conflict with the prevailing Aristotelian dogma, then what he saw must be a hallucination. Because astronomers could already see, they concluded that a greater seeing was not possible and so a telescope was impossible! (Gremonini was well rewarded for his junk philosophy by the way. Just like today's academics). Today it is the professors of psychology and philosophy dons who refuse to look into psychedelic drugs. Humanity has made great progress with the naked (unperturbed) mind they say; indeed, we have built brain splittingly complicated intellectual atom smashers with just our normal conscious awareness and so conclude that this is it and that nothing lurks beyond the normal local mind space.

Well today telescopes (and microscopes) are legal and thus we have made progress in the material places. It's a crying shame then that the perturbing of mind is frowned upon by otherwise very intelligent people who really should know better. (Even some reviews of this book dismiss it as some sort of druggy fuelled stoner hippy fest! This is a stupid point to take, but as the saying goes, "against stupidity the Gods themselves contend in vain": Schiller). Today it is worldwide illegal to study these spiritual molecules or even to disprove this spiritual springboard hypothesis. Instead we only allow science which completely gives up the ghost in favour of advanced technology, but, in so doing, reduces all matter to flying atoms screaming through empty space, blind and indifferent to our whims. Nobel laureate physicist Steven Weinberg captured this weltanschauung beautifully when he said: "All the explanatory arrows point downward, from societies to people, to organs, to cells, to biochemistry, to chemistry, and ultimately to physics." He thus concluded, "the more we know of the cosmos, the more meaningless it appears". Thus science is meaningless for salvation. Are we not taught this version of reality in school?

Our loving British institutions are carved out of idiotic metaphysical millstones, grinding away at our spirits and, according to this world view, printing stamps of stupidity onto the minds of men; alas, this is a very hard stamp to shake off. This stupidity has forced psychedelics underground with the other good things of life! LSD is seen as evil because it does not fit the prevailing orthodoxy of our times, and even more so, Terence McKenna argued that it threatens our moral bourgeois institutions and the entire capitalist ethic of fearing your neighbour as you fear yourself. This stamp of fear runs deep in our nature. We naturally fear weirdness and clench our fist in moral rage at anything deemed divergent. This fear archetype is imprinted deep in our collective history. For example, in ancient Rome, charitable Christians had to contend with furious emperors and a blood thirsty coliseum. During the middle ages, hurried and harassed families had to dodge an oligarchic priesthood and a stern Church dogma; and today's free spirits must look over their shoulder, in fear of a furious busy-body class, cultural cardinals (politicians, media editors), and an overly enthusiastic police force. The stamp of human nature runs deep indeed.

I am glad that this book sets the record straight!
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With great enthusiasm and obvious love for the subject matter, Albion Dreaming relates the specifics of how LSD tripped out British culture--a story as least as interesting as its American counterpart, featured in works such as Storming Heaven and Acid Dreams. Many intriguing threads are woven together, from early military experiments in the '50s at the infamous Porton Down chemical weapons facility, where unwitting volunteer servicemen `were expected to hallucinate for Queen and country'; to early examples of LSD psychotherapy, involving famous figures such as the comedian Frankie Howerd and actor Sean Connery; to the more familiar `swinging '60s', the free festival movement and beyond.

Roberts charts the influence of acid on the '60s music scene, which gave us the Beatles' celebrated Sgt. Pepper album and launched the mighty Pink Floyd at the UFO club in London, as well as many other acts, including the Moody Blues, the Small Faces, Donovan, the Move and the Incredible String Band. As more and more psychedelic lyrics began to seep into the zeitgeist, the BBC banned certain tracks and newspapers such as the News of the World ran exposes on these so-called corrupting and decadent bands, which turned out to be laughably self-defeating:

`By explaining exactly what LSD was, its cost and its effects News of the World gave thousands of teenagers a glimpse into a way of life they desperately wanted to be part of... To an extent the unwitting media promotion of LSD led to thousands of young people throughout Britain becoming more knowledgeable about the drug than they would otherwise have been.'

Albion Dreaming also gets behind the scenes and documents some of the less well-known LSD movers and shakers: evangelists such as Michael Hollingshead, who first turned Timothy Leary onto LSD and founded the World Psychedelic Centre in Chelsea; chemists such as Victor Kapur, one of the first to make blotter acid in bulk in the late '60s; and writers such as John Michell, whose mystical ideas popularised Glastonbury and paved the way for the first free festival there in 1970. There are also many testimonies from ordinary people, `vox pops' one could say, which illuminate how LSD culture inexorably blossomed throughout this period, leading to changes in lifestyle, fashion and prevailing political, social and religious attitudes.

With the '70s underway and the free festival and travelling hippy scenes well established, Andy Roberts then turns his attention to `Operation Julie', a phrase that has come to have a legendary ring for '70s acidheads, and now refers not only to the largest drug squad operation in British history but also generically to everything concerning the massive LSD manufacturing ring that was its target. Chemist Richard Kemp was another evangelist who wanted to cause an acid revolution, and in this respect he made sure each of his microdots contained `a minimum of 200 µg. to ensure the customer had a guaranteed full-blown psychedelic experience.' This acid was some of the strongest ever marketed and the Julie gang produced millions of tabs, almost single-handedly keeping '70s Britain high--and exporting as well--until they were busted in 1977.

As Roberts says about the gang's legacy: `It certainly wasn't a public revolution. The changes in worldview their LSD brought to countless thousands of people have had a more subtle effect in society. There are now people in their fifties and sixties who occupy key roles in industry, science, the armed forces, the police, and numerous authors, who have taken their Operation Julie vision into the heart of the establishment and tried to change things from the inside.'

Though enthusiastic about LSD himself, Andy Roberts makes us aware of the drug's ambivalent nature and propensity to cause mental mayhem--`the lysergic long dark night of the soul.' He cites famous acid casualties, such as original Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett, who burnt himself out on the drug; then there were the unfortunate victims of the early government experiments, some of whom have now received compensation; and those who had bad trips and `freaked out', due to a mixture of factors such as overdose, ignorance of the laws of set and setting or poor psychic predisposition; though he stresses that such negative reactions are generally in the minority.

Overall Albion Dreaming is a well-researched and well-rounded account of the transformative power of that most singular of chemicals on individuals and a whole nation, demonstrating the myriad worldview changes that have rippled out of the synapses of those involved and spread far and wide. Andy Roberts' combined journalistic and storytelling skills make for a colourful zesty read, a vivid exploration of that `Disneyland of the mind' and required reading for anyone interested in the synergy between acid and British culture--or in acid period.