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Acid, Bombs & Grateful Dead…

The summer of ’68 was my “acid summer.” A couple of doctor friends at Wayne State University here in Detroit (Robin Barraco and Henry Normile, now deceased) acquired a batch of Owsley’s “Purple Haze” LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide). Owsley was the sound engineer and chemist for the Grateful Dead

While the “trips” started out as quasi-academic experiments (there was no shortage of volunteers from students and faculty), they soon morphed into Dr. Timothy Leary-like “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out” get-high parties. more…