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The Beat Writers and the Psychedelic Movement

My Breaking Convention talk from July 2015 is now up on Vimeo.

In their writings and lifestyle experiments, the Beat writers Kerouac, Burroughs and Ginsberg were very much the precursors of the psychedelic movement – in particular with regard to their employment of drugs for recreational and psychonautic purposes. They were pioneering users of ayahuasca, mescaline, psilocybin and LSD; and when Timothy Leary began his Harvard work he naturally tried to induct the three as elder statesmen figures. The results were somewhat volatile and unexpected, with one resounding success, another a mix of good and bad, and another a resounding failure. Nevertheless the Beats remain highly influential figures and today’s psychedelic culture would not be the same without them.

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  1. January 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    very very interesting.

  2. February 9, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    I really enjoyed this information and the delivery was excellent. Look forward to more! Thanks

    • February 10, 2016 at 11:18 am

      Thanks Reinhard – and thanks for the reblog!

  1. February 9, 2016 at 9:10 pm

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