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Orange Sunshine: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love and Its Quest to Spread Peace, Love, and Acid to the World [Paperback]

Nicholas Schou
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  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Griffin; Reprint edition (6 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312607172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312607173
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 478,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Orange Sunshine A wide-sweeping narrative of sex, drugs, and rock n' roll that runs from Laguna Beach to Maui to Afghanistan, "Orange Sunshine" explores how America moved from the era of peace and love into a darker time of hard drugs and paranoia. b&w photos throughout. Full description

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well,who can REALLY remember... 4 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback
Was eagerly anticipating the arrival and read it in only a couple of days.
Starts off quite well but somewhat looses it after some time.
All of a sudden it's all over the place and doesn't seem to follow a coherent idea.
Also the thing that bothers me the most is the number of mistakes in information that seem to arise from a certain level of ignorance about spiritual teachers,Yoga philosophy and other countries.
Only shows that this is the work of a journalist and his investigation was mildly put sometimes a bit sloppy.
Makes you wonder what else may not be quite rightly portrayed here.
With these kind of subjects you get a lot of questionable information.
Some characters tell the story with them as the hero while a number of other important participants get at best only a side note.
Therefore the story is probably somewhat distorted and should more be taken as an entertaining anecdote than an accurate document of these events.
Although it is interesting to see the subject finally being treated in such a form and appear in a book, the question that remains is still if it is not only to satisfy the curiosity of people who never understood what was going on then and are still wondering what to make of the after effects that last to this day and influence modern society.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read!! 27 Aug 2013
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A really well researched and written insight into the Californian sub-culture of the 60's and 70's. I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in this period. There certainly are some interesting characters and escapades described in these 300 or so pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 10 Jun 2013
By doobie
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What a fantastic book, if you are interested in the brotherhood and Leary, this tells the whole tale. It also gives more info on the man that started it all, "Farmer" John Griggs. A+
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2.0 out of 5 stars Flat sunshine 5 Dec 2012
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The author takes a truly extraordinary story and wrings the life out of it with his dull reportage. I have to say I didn't finish the book, I don't imagine many other people will either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was there 20 Sep 2010
By John B. Goode - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm surprised at the negative reviews of this book as far as content is concerned. Nick interviewed all persons willing to give input into his book.
Many of the "brothers" are silent today. They are laying low, out of sight and hopefully out of the attention of the agencies who pursued us for so many years.
For many years, late into the seventies, I was stopped and searched by Customs agents whenever I was returning from an international trip. It had the effect of making one desire to be invisible. I don't personally know or remember, "Thumper." He apparently became a protege of John Gale after I left. But much of what he details sounds accurate. The theme I most appreciate about this particular story about the Brotherhood is that (at least in the sixties) we did not exist to make money (although money is nice) but were greatly fueled by a desire to change a world which seemed to be heading for violent chaos or at the very least, a mindless- cookie cutter society. We had become transformed by the taking of LSD and mellowed by the smoking of pot and hashish. This book describes the feeling of those times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A helluva good story 27 Mar 2010
By Anthony Pignataro - Published on Amazon.com
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First I have to note that Nick Schou and I go back a few years. He gave my first reporting job back at OC Weekly in 1996. He's an outstanding writer, reporter and friend. And he knows a good story when he finds one.

Here he's managed to describe in surprisingly colorful detail an underground of hippie drug smugglers that spent the late 1960s hopping between Laguna Beach, Maui and Afghanistan. Tim Leary's here, of course, but so are a band of characters far more interesting and idealistic, in my opinion. That nearly all spoke to Schou on the record is testament to his skills as a reporter.

One one level this is a crime story: the evolution of a hippie drug smuggling operation and the cops who eventually took it down. But it's also a larger than life story about people who used highly illegal and unconventional ways to, in their point of view, bring peace on earth.

Put simply, it's a fascinating read.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important story 14 May 2010
By kevnm - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book for anyone interested in the 60s, the counterculture, lsd, and the period of time when many thought a cosmic change of human consciousness was possible. Having just finished "The Harvard Psychedelic Club," I was happy to find a completely different look at the same period in "Orange Sunshine."

Although Leary figures in both books, "Orange Sunshine" is not about Harvard Professors, Beatnik Poets or famous writers. The Brotherhood was made up of lower middle-class suburban boys whose interest in cars and football were replaced by visions of god after taking LSD. John Griggs, the charismatic leader, had visions of establishing a hippie utopia on a tropical island and began selling some drugs to finance his vision. Griggs, an apparently sincere religious seeker, saw his vision give way to ego and money as the brotherhood morphed into an international drug smuggling ring.

This rise and fall takes place in suburban Orange County, Mexico, Afghanistan and Maui, and makes for an intiguing social history. The cast of characters, their adventures, their acid trips and their legal skirmishes provide great stories and add to the rich story of that decade. Highly recommended.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important addition to the historical literature of the 1960s 16 Mar 2010
By Annabelle L. Carter - Published on Amazon.com
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Nicholas Schou has done a remarkable job demystifying the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, one of the most secretive and mysterious counterculture groups of the 1960s. The first historian to speak extensively with the group's original members, Schou sorts fact from fiction and shows how an American utopian movement morphed into criminal organization. Orange Sunshine is an important addition to the historical literature of the 1960s.

Peter Maguire is the author of Law and War, Facing Death in Cambodia, and Scammers (forthcoming).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating aspect of the 1960s 30 Jun 2010
By nyctc7 - Published on Amazon.com
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is peopled with interesting characters, places, and events. It is well written and kept my interest from beginning to end. It also really tells what was wrong with the 60s counterculture and it is fascinating to me to see how these lessons have been largely forgotten or conveniently ignored today. There was an idea that people could live communally and progress to some kind of utopia, but the book reveals that human nature cannot be wrung out of people, despite the best of intentions. Egotism, ambition, greed, and jealousy are not characteristics restricted to wall street bankers and oil executives.
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