[Ibogaine] Owsley Stanley is dead
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Mon Mar 14 10:05:14 EDT 2011
RIP brother Bear! You'll be sorely missed! Love is real, not fade away!
On Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 2:55 AM, Nola Ephram <ephramn at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Owsley Stanley is dead
> 2:51 PM EDT, March 13, 2011
> LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Owsley "Bear" Stanley, a 1960s counterculture
> figure who flooded the flower power scene with LSD and was an early
> benefactor of the Grateful Dead, died in a car crash in his adopted home
> country of Australia on Sunday, his family said. He was believed to be 76.
> The renegade grandson of a former governor of Kentucky, Stanley helped lay
> the foundation for the psychedelic era by producing more than a million
> doses of LSD at his labs in San Francisco's Bay Area.
> "He made acid so pure and wonderful that people like Jimi Hendrix wrote hit
> songs about it and others named their band in its honor," former rock 'n'
> roll tour manager Sam Cutler wrote in his 2008 memoirs "You Can't Always Get
> What You Want."
> Hendrix's song "Purple Haze" was reputedly inspired by a batch of Stanley's
> product, though the guitarist denied any drug link. The ear-splitting
> blues-psychedelic combo Blue Cheer took its named from another batch.
> Stanley briefly managed the Grateful Dead, and oversaw every aspect of
> their live sound at a time when little thought was given to amplification in
> public venues. His tape recordings of Dead concerts were turned into live
> The Dead wrote about him in their song "Alice D. Millionaire" after a 1967
> arrest prompted a newspaper to describe Stanley as an "LSD millionaire."
> Steely Dan's 1976 single "Kid Charlemagne" was loosely inspired by Stanley's
> According to a 2007 profile in the San Francisco Chronicle, Stanley started
> cooking LSD after discovering the recipe in a chemistry journal at the
> University of California, Berkeley.
> The police raided his first lab in 1966, but Stanley successfully sued for
> the return of his equipment. After a marijuana bust in 1970, he went to
> prison for two years.
> "I wound up doing time for something I should have been rewarded for," he
> told the Chronicle's Joel Selvin. "What I did was a community service, the
> way I look at it. I was punished for political reasons. Absolutely
> meaningless. Was I a criminal? No. I was a good member of society. Only my
> society and the one making the laws are different."
> He emigrated to the tropical Australian state of Queensland in the early
> 1980s, apparently fearful of a new ice age, and sold enamel sculptures on
> the Internet. He lost one of his vocal cords to cancer.
> Stanley was born Augustus Owsley Stanley III in Kentucky, a state governed
> by his namesake grandfather from 1915 to 1919. He served in the U.S. Air
> Force for 18 months, studied ballet in Los Angeles, and then enrolled at UC
> Berkeley. In addition to being an LSD advocate, he adhered to an all-meat
> A statement released by Cutler on behalf of Stanley's family said the car
> crash occurred near his home in far north Queensland. He is survived by his
> wife Sheila, four children, eight grandchildren, and two
> (Reporting by Dean Goodman, editing by Peter Bohan)
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