Timothy Leary
The LSD Guru

This great guru of the Sixties was not a Hindu holy man. He was, however, well steeped in the lore of Tibetian mysticism and mass media. Before he embraced the psychic realm of LSD, he was a clinical psychologist at Harvard University. Leary was one of a number of college researchers contracted by the CIA to study LSD as a possible tool for interogation.

Leary had a manual for the ideal LSD experience, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, which became the first LSD guide book. Tim Leary appealed directly to the younger generation, he saw himself as the orchestrator of a mass cultural phenomena. His goal was to encourage large numbers of American youth to decondition themselves away from the workplace. "Tune in, turn on, drop out," he told millions on TV and in the press. Leary became a carnival barker for the psychedelic revolution of the Sixties.

Tim Leary conducted his LSD campaign from a vast estate in New York called Millbrook. In 1965 a member of the Millbrook clan went to London with hundreds of copies of The Tibetan Book of the Dead and five thousand doses of LSD. The clan founded the World Psychedelic Center in the fashionable Kings Road district of London, which attracted famous psychiatrists, writers, multimedia artists, filmmaker Roman Polanski, and rock stars such as Donovan, Peter and Gordon, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones.


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