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Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung: The Work of a Legendary Critic
by Lester Bangs
Publisher:
Anchor 
Year:
1988 
Reviewed by Jon
5/26/2005

Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung collects about 350 pages of vintage essays by Lester Bangs, whose rock-critic career lasted from 1969 to his death in 1982. Musically, this coincides with heavy metal, glam rock, progressive rock, and punk. Psychotic Reactions contains essays on all of these, but discusses everyone else too, including John Coltrane, Barry White, Elvis Presley, Kraftwerk, Tangerine ... [ read more ]

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Brain Candy: Boost Your Brain Power with Vitamins, Supplements, Drugs, and Other Substances
by Theodore I. Lidsky & Jay S. Schneider
Publisher:
Fireside 
Year:
2001 
Reviewed by Earth
5/23/2005

Lidsky and Schneider provide a splash of cold water on the marketing-driven world of smart drugs. The book is organized into two major sections: introductory material and an alphabetically-organized reference section. The introduction is a readable, non-technical, and short overview of smart drugs and the problems of memory and age-related cognitive decline. The reference section has entries ... [ read more ]

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Haight Ashbury Flashbacks
by Stephen Gaskin
Publisher:
Ronin Pub. 
Year:
1980,1990 
Reviewed by Scotto
5/19/2005

Stephen Gaskin’s Haight Ashbury Flashbacks is a mind-blowing “diary” of his days as a teacher at San Francisco State College during the Summer of Love. Gaskin would go on to help found The Farm, an influential commune that has survived for decades in Tennessee, but this book documents his formulative, pre-guru years, as he and his fellow teachers, teaching ... [ read more ]

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Opium: A Portrait of the Heavenly Demon
by Barbara Hodgson
Publisher:
Chronicle Books 
Year:
1999 
Reviewed by Midevil
5/16/2005

Barbara Hodgson’s Opium: A Potrait of the Heavenly Demon is bound in a deep purple cloth hardcover and filled with glossy pages. The book deals with a wide variety of art and literature concerning the opium dens and smoking in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She focuses on North America, Europe, India, and China, with brief ... [ read more ]

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Psychedelic Decadence: Sex, Drugs, and Low Art in Sixties and Seventies Britain
by Martin Jones
Publisher:
Headpress 
Year:
2002 
Reviewed by Kat
5/12/2005

Psychedelic my ass.

With a title like Psychedelic Decadence, I had high hopes. The summaries for this book promised to cover many of my favorite topics: horror movies, psychedelia, David Bowie, comic books, biker gangs, vintage porn… what more could I possibly ask for? Substance would have been good. Grammar would have been nice, too. And I ... [ read more ]

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What The Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry
by John Markoff
Publisher:
Viking Adult 
Year:
2005 
Reviewed by Various
5/9/2005

New York Times review
Christian Science Monitor review
Slashdot review
Metro (Silicon Valley weekly) review
eWeek review [ read more ]

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Tripping: An Anthology of True-Life Psychedelic Adventures
by Charles Hayes (ed.)
Publisher:
Penguin Compass 
Year:
2000 
Reviewed by Mr. Bad Example
5/9/2005

Psychonauts love to read trip reports. This is probably rooted in the same mental circuitry that fosters that connectedness and fraternity that is so evident when two or more experienced folks get in the same room together for more than, say, five minutes. The talk turns to tripping, and the stories start to flow. People who’ve walked ... [ read more ]

At the age of 31, our fearless hero and narrator, Joey, embarks upon an ambitious and reckless attempt to transform his consciousness, first teaching himself the arts of remote viewing and lucid dreaming, then developing his skills at inducing OBEs (Out of Body Experiences), then applying neurofeedback, electrical brain stimulation, and heavy doses of serious psychedelics and other drugs to ... [ read more ]

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Dangerous Drugs: An Easy-to-Use Reference for Parents and Professionals
by Carol L. Falkowski
Publisher:
Hazelden 
Year:
2003 
Reviewed by Midevil
5/5/2005

Dangerous Drugs covers a wide variety of substances, from illegal (like marijuana and khat) to legal, such as caffeine and alcohol. The book is split up into easily navigated sections that discuss a wide range of basic issues, including drug effects and withdrawal symptoms. A few pages of color photos in the middle of the book provide the ... [ read more ]

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Acid: A New Secret History of LSD
by David Black
Publisher:
Vision Paperbacks 
Year:
1998, 2001 
Reviewed by Donut
5/2/2005

David Black’s ACID: A New Secret History of LSD is another addition to the ranks of titles that attempt to recount the basics of modern psychedelic history. Much like Martin Lee and Bruce Shlain’s Acid Dreams, Black’s book focuses primarily on the role that Global Intelligence Services played in the scientific exploration and eventual illicit distribution of good old LSD-25. ... [ read more ]

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