Albion Dreaming: A popular history of LSD in Britain Paperback – 19 Jul 2012
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About the Author
Andy Roberts is a feature writer for the Fortean Times magazine. He is the author of 13 books and is a consultant to the BBC. He lives in Flintshire, North Wales.
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It includes contributions from all the major players -legal eagles,heads and cops-involved in the establishment's relentless,decades-long crusade against the drug and it's advocates. It also offers an extensive and detailed account of Operation Julie, the massive police operation mounted against a few evangelical heads from Wales who in the mid-1970s made it their mission to turn on the whole of the UK.
Such is the relaxed style in which Roberts' writes that although Albion Dreaming is packed with information it is an easily read work that chronicles in a non- hysterical, cliche-free way an important part of British counter-cultural history and the use of a much maligned and misunderstood drug.
Go on, Feed Your Head.
It's a really strong piece that puts the history of LSD in this country into a very personal context (if I have one tiny criticism of the book it is that it doesn't sometimes make the taking of LSD seem like a lot of 'fun', which of course it can be).
The book itself remains largely as was, with a couple of minor tweaks here and there, the most noticeable of which is the addition of some new material to the Operation Julie chapter.
As before this remains the most wonderful narrative history of the drug's use and development within the UK (but mainly England and Wales seemingly).
Highly recommended. Albion Dreaming will, I am sure, remain the foremost work in this specialised area for a considerable length of time.
It could do with an update as much has changed in the years since it was written. Psychedelics are increasingly being used in psychotherapy again, with astonishing and positive results. Plus, the influence of psychedelics within computing and other sciences is a worthy topic in its own right.
We stand, again, on the verge of a new psychedelic era. For the same enthusiastic ideology that the book represents so well and is sympathetic to.
Turn on. Tune in. Change the world.
Andy Roberts narrative concentrates on the impossible ideologues, charlatans, gurus, double dealers, opportunists, saints, Sweeney Tods, and pontifical judges that make up the public history of LSD in Britain. None of them are quite so queer, cruel or callous as the life-hating media that cheerleads the frenzy. There's something deeply prurient and repulsive in the Anglo Saxon media zeitgeist, and really, this is the true subject of Albion Dreaming - the viperous hiss of the editorial classes making us all clowns in a three ring circus. And do we need Leveson to remind us they're still at it?
Read it and weep.
I hear The Daily Mail and the Guardian are still in league to suppress this biography of the chemical of the gods and all political parties, on our little island, are still at it, like a troop of clapping penguins, carrying on the masquerade, and so it is our duty to give a copy, or to just speak the truth, to our friends and family. Those who think it is all an escape from reality are missing the point. Lsd opens the gates to another place, a place we can never put into words, but it is still there, all of the time; like an eternal mozart symphony, in the atmosphere, that our senses are all deaf to, until we take Lsd.
Trying to pin down weird experiences with words is like trying to eat fire with an axe. Weird experiences you see can never be embodied or wrapped up into digestible words. Zen Buddhists talk about the impossibility of describing liberation. The original doctrines of awakening came from Vedic India. When done correctly, these doctrines will break open your hopelessly dreary reality and set you on your way to Nirvana, Moksha, and God (take your pick) . Unfortunately, only the special adepts achieve this goal; in original Buddhism for example, Nirvana was not meant for the peasants. (Forget all that New Age Mad'ayana 'everybody for the ride' rubbish peddled in the west). Thank heavens then for psychedelics. Today we have the new-kids on the block; the psychedelic experience and, more excitingly, the Lsd experience. These molecules can open the gates to worldwide Enlightenment, that is, they are for the masses. Lsd is an especially fast track to the above. It is even more unfortunate then that the Lsd experience really is impossible to describe with a voice box and a pen.Read more ›
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Top stuff - the anatomy of a national tragedy. Lays out clearly the hypocrisy and bulls*** surrounding our drug laws. David Cameron should have a copy stapled to his forehead.Published 12 months ago by Md Lachlan
An amazing read! For anyone interested in counter-culture, please read!Published 22 months ago by A. Tollan