A Tribute to Owsley Stanley (1935-2011)


Owsley Stanley, notorious LSD manufacturer and sound engineer for The Grateful Dead, died a few days ago in a car accident. For those who don’t know, Stanley was a major player in the LSD craze that served as a catalyst for the hippie movement and the famous Summer of Love in 1967. Apparently he cooked over a million doses of LSD between 1965 and 1967. But that’s not why we’re paying tribute to him – we’re paying him tribute because of the vast and far-reaching influence that he had upon the art world. Stanley was the primary LSD supplier to Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, providing LSD for the Electric Kool Aid Acid Tests. He also kept The Grateful Dead stocked with acid, and even fueled the Beatles’ drug binges during the filming of Magical Mystery Tour. On top of all that, Stanley was an innovative sound engineer, with his most famous accomplishment being the “Wall of Sound” amp system used by the Grateful Dead.

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