By Stewart Tendler, David May
First published in 1984, this booklet turned an rapid bestseller, and in a while, a cult vintage. Now up-to-date and containing new fabric, it tells a brilliantly researched tale of a bunch of idealists eager about the opportunity of LSD to enhance the standard of life. Called a hippie mafia by way of police, The Brotherhood of everlasting Love got here to represent the increase of LSD, the expansion of the psychedelic flow, and the heady, positive, innovative days of the Sixties.
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The Brotherhood moved into four white-painted houses. 37 The scene was painted for a journalist some years later by one of the young men who lived in the Drive: “I went to school in Hollywood and got into surfing and just like everyone else I wound up in Laguna. Things were happening then, opening up. The chicks were seeing things and there was a lot of grass and there was a vibe that you could make it with love and digging each other … I'd go down to Laguna more and more and finally I just moved into a place on the Canyon with some chicks and a couple of other guys.
Returning to San Francisco, Owsley went to see Kesey at La Honda, his visiting card a plastic bag of LSD. He supplanted the “Mad Chemist” who had been supplying the Pranksters, and started appearing at the Acid Tests. There he met the Grateful Dead and began experimenting with electronic equipment to improve their sound. He heard of a young scientist called Tim Scully, who was living near Berkeley and was reputed to be an electronics genius. Owsley decided to find Scully and see if he would help design equipment.
Enforcement was entrusted to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare rather than to the Bureau of Narcotics. Nationally, possession remained untouched, but in California and New York, state legislators in the two centres of psychedelic use took their own action. Possession became a crime in both states by the middle of October 1966, and other states would follow. Leary's answer was to declare the formation of the League of Spiritual Discovery, to fight for LSD as a legal sacrament. The precedent already existed, since the Indian members of the Native American Church had already been granted legal immunity for peyote.