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Artisan of Acid

Augustus Owsley Stanley III, Artisan of Acid, is dead at 76

Blogpost by schoth Sun, March 20, 2011 09:15:14

Owsley Stanley, the prodigiously gifted applied chemist to the stars, who made LSD in quantity for the Grateful Dead, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Ken Kesey and other avatars of the psychedelic ’60s, died on Sunday in a car accident .

Mr. Stanley, the Dead’s former financial backer, pharmaceutical supplier and sound engineer, was in recent decades a reclusive, almost mythically enigmatic figure. He moved to Australia in the 1980s, as he explained in his rare interviews, so he might survive what he believed to be a coming Ice Age that would annihilate the Northern Hemisphere. Hè was 76 and lived in the bush near Cairns, in the Australian state of Queensland. His car swerved off a highway and down an embankment before hitting trees near Mareeba, a town in Queensland, The Associated Press reported. Mr. Stanley’s wife, Sheilah, was injured in the accident.

Some words from his website
THE music of the Grateful Dead is an important assistant to the revival of tribality. Because it has to do with the way things are. It’s not somebody’s idea about the way things might be, or the way things could be or should be. It’s what it is. It’s real music about real things. The whole thing is about a social movement. It’s tribalism. Which is the only social structure that is truly human.

The structure of the world today runs on feudalism–governments, companies; all those structures are feudalistic, arranged in a hierarchy which at the root of it follows Parkinson’s law. That is, once you create a hierarchy or bureaucracy, it has only one purpose, and that is: To Continue. There’s nothing else. But that has nothing to do with the tribal entity. The tribal entity exists so as to abide in harmony with its environment. It’s something that benefits everyone, not just this one structure.”

Reel > cass Recorded by the Immortal Owsley Stanley.

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