“Psychedelic Icon Owsley Stanley Dies in Australia”

March 15, 2011 at 7:05 am (Music, Reviews & Articles, The Grateful Dead)

Taken from Reuters, March 13th… Owsley Stanley… R.I.P.

Owsley “Bear” Stanley, a 1960s counterculture figure who flooded the flower power scene with LSD and was an early benefactor of the Grateful Dead, died in a car crash in his adopted home country of Australia on Sunday, his family said. He was 76.

The renegade grandson of a former governor of Kentucky, Stanley helped lay the foundation for the psychedelic era by producing more than a million doses of LSD at his labs in San Francisco’s Bay Area.

“He made acid so pure and wonderful that people like Jimi Hendrix wrote hit songs about it and others named their band in its honor,” former rock ‘n’ roll tour manager Sam Cutler wrote in his 2008 memoirs You Can’t Always Get What You Want. Read the rest of this entry »

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