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The Haight: Love, Rock, and Revolution
The Haight: Love, Rock, and Revolution
by Jim Marshall
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.75

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book on the Haight., 6 Nov. 2014
Jim Marshall was a well-known photographer who arrived in San Francisco in 1964 and effectively chronicled the astonishing cultural events that followed in 1965 and beyond. Although many of his photos have been seen before, there are some 100,000 images in his archives covering this period and many previously unseen photos appear here. With an informed and detailed text by Joel Selvin (author of the definitive "Summer of Love") , the result is a sumptuous treat.
What makes this particularly good are the images of ordinary people swept up in this cultural explosion alongside the terrific photos of poets and musicians.
If you, like me, have a lasting fondness for this time and place, this is a must-have.


Lost In The Dream
Lost In The Dream
Price: £6.59

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bliss, 13 May 2014
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"Slave Ambient" was great, this is just pure bliss. Like the best magpie music (great steals from Fleetwood Mac and Springsteen) this preserves the joy of the originals with fresh energy and stunning sound that should be played loud at every opportunity. Moving and therapeutic.


Move Me Brightly - Celebrating Jerry Garcia's 70th Birthday [Blu-ray] [2013]
Move Me Brightly - Celebrating Jerry Garcia's 70th Birthday [Blu-ray] [2013]
Dvd ~ Various Artists
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Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars The spirit of the Dead lives on., 8 Jan. 2014
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What I found particularly great about this was the fact that , musically, this was not some mere jam run-through of some Garcia songs. Instead, the musicians involved, led by Bob Weir, managed to find the right balance of respect and seriousness for the songs with a sense of adventure and fun. In other words, the approach the Dead adopted themselves. This makes for really uplifting and quite lovely music and it was truly encouraging to see Garcia's legacy being both celebrated and carried forward.


Pot, Inc.: Inside Medical Marijuana, America's Most Outlaw Industry
Pot, Inc.: Inside Medical Marijuana, America's Most Outlaw Industry
by Greg Campbell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining insight into politics of medical cannabis., 28 May 2012
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Greg Campbell is a writer from Colorado,one of the States whose citizens voted to legalize medical marijuana in 2009. His examination of the legal minefield presented by this is not only informative, but also very amusing as he recounts both his own experiences with cannabis and those of other users, growers and patients. He also summarises the longstanding war against cannabis users and the extreme antagonism towards its use, which has been and is out of all proportion to the facts about cannabis, which demonstrate its relative harmlessness to ordinary users and its enormous medical benefits. (witness the poor guy in Oklahoma, whose growing of cannabis plants for his own medical use brought him a sentence of 93 years in an Oklahoma prison in 1997) Anyone looking for an informative and enjoyable insight into the changing cannabis situation in the U.S.A will find this a great read.


Communing with the Gods: Consciousness, Culture and the Dreaming Brain
Communing with the Gods: Consciousness, Culture and the Dreaming Brain
by Charles D. Laughlin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Benchmark book on dreaming in human culture., 18 Dec. 2011
Charles Laughlin is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Religion at Carleton University, Ottowa and has also extensively studied Tibetan Dream Yoga and lucid dreaming, which add an important dimension to this comprehensive study of the importance of dreaming in human culture and development. He draws a distinction between "monophasic" cultures, such as our own, which tend to accord importance to only one mode of consciousness - waking consciousness- and "polyphasic" cultures, which recognise the importance of multiple types of consciousness, including dreaming. He distils an enormous amount of material into a highly readable account of the importance of dreaming in human potential and development and its sad neglect in our own culture. Anyone interested in anthropology, psychology, shamanism, and human health and potential will find much to stimulate them here and this looks set to be the benchmark book on the subject for some time to come and deserves the widest readership.


Lost In The Glare
Lost In The Glare
Price: £12.03

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for day and night trippers., 28 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Lost In The Glare (Audio CD)
This is the second Barn Owl album I have bought and this is even beter than the first. They produce electric guitar mixes of delicate fingerpicking with extensive washes of fuzz and sustain and occasional percussion and keyboard to produce music that brings to mind elements of Indian Ragas, Pink Floyd, Six Organs of Admittance and even Neil Young. This works as well in the daytime sun as it does late at night. In the neo-psychedelic movement they may prove too ambient for some, but for me they are more mind-expanding than, say, Wooden Shjips, who too often sound heavy and retro. Check them out on myspace and youtube.


Shamanism: A Biopsychosocial Paradigm of Consciousness and Healing
Shamanism: A Biopsychosocial Paradigm of Consciousness and Healing
by Michael A. Winkelman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £35.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential study of shamanism, 4 Feb. 2011
This is, let's face it, a rather expensive book (although not nearly as expensive as the first edition !), but in terms of its value is certainly worth it. It's not an easy read - very academic and I sometimes have to read sentences twice to make sure I've understood (and I'm no stranger to academia) - but it more than repays close reading and is the most striking and original work on shamanism I have read since Eliade's classic "Shamanism". Eliade's perspective was that of History and Phenomenology of Religion and remains an essential work, but Winkelman's book - from a biopsychosocial (a mouthfull, but it does make sense) perspective breaks new ground in its scope and fresh thinking. He draws together a very wide range of fascinating material and this is essential reading for any serious student of shamanism or indeed of human nature.


Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America
Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America
by Matt Taibbi
Edition: Hardcover

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The horror ! The horror ! Are we next ?, 7 Nov. 2010
Matt Taibbi is a journalist, whose articles have appeared pronminently in Rolling Stone magazine. His article on Goldman Sachs (a more extensive version appears in this book) used the term "vampire squid on the face of humanity" to describe Goldman Sachs and its dominant role in the many financial scams that lead to the financial crash. He has the talent and ability to explain complex financial dealings and activities in a way that you can both understand and share in his outrage. Essentially the financial sector in the U.S. is a giant casino, inventing new ways to make instant profits. Unfortunately, these methods involve overinflating assets, mortgage scams and other speculative (and often illegal) activities with a view to purely short-term gain. Most of us are familiar with the bubble of "sub-prime" mortgage deals that were significant in causing the financial crash that affected Banks here as well. Essentially America is being looted of any assets it has and the effective removal of the last vestiges of any regulation renders politics and government powerless and irrelevant (Taibbi's chapter on Obama's Healthcare Bill demonstrates how it caved in to an Insurance Industry that is beyond any regulation or control).
His assessment of America is that it seems to be beyond repair and even salvation as long as Government fails to exercise any control over the financial sector and is merely used as a source of taxpayer's money to bail the bankers out when things go wrong (as they have done and will continue to do so unless things change).
The question arises as to how much of this is going on in the U.K. and whether we can do anything about it. Huge amounts of taxpayers money have already gone to the Banks and huge amounts of valueless subprime mortgage bundles are still in the system. In the U.S.A. the Freedom of Information Act, plus the crass way in which Americans often behave and the leaking of information by people outraged by what they have witnessed, has allowed for a fuller picture to emerge, despite a right wing media. Over here, we have a tradition of Old Boy networking and secrecy that hides much of what goes on, apart from the fact that the complexities of the Financial World rapidly cause most people to glaze over.
We could do with a British Matt Taibbi. This is a stunning book. It won't make anyone feel good, but a democracy of any worth needs an informed electorate and one that asks some of the questions Matt Taibbi does.
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Captain Beefheart - In Performance
Captain Beefheart - In Performance
Dvd ~ Captain Beefheart
Offered by nationwide
Price: £8.99

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magic and Tragic, 31 July 2010
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I'm going to give this item 4 stars because whoever put it together seems to have gathered much of what is available of the Captain's performances and the quality is very good soundwise and visually as good as its time and sources allow.
Having said that, it is rather unfortunate that the bulk of this ("Mirror Man" through to "Mirror Man") is taken from the tour of 1974 with the so-called "Tragic Band". Tragic not because of incompetent playing, but because of presenting a kind of dumbed-down, depressingly mainstream presentation of music that we aficianados celebrate for its complexity, originality and, well, magic. Compare these performances with those of what I regard as the real Magic Band (Zoot Horn Rollo, Rockette Morton et al doing "Booglarize " and "Click Clack " ) and you wish there was a hell of a lot more of that.


Aya: A Shamanic Odyssey
Aya: A Shamanic Odyssey
by Rak Razam
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hallucinatory tales from the jungle., 25 Nov. 2009
Rak Razam becomes a participant observer in the extensive trade in ayahuasca experiences in Peru. This proves to be a very well written and enlightening travelogue through physical, mental and spiritual space. He manages to maintain a good balance between a reporter's relatively critical eye and his own developing spiritual relationship with ayahuasca.Recommended.


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