Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America

Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America

Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America uncovers a hidden history of the biggest psychedelic distribution and belief system the world has ever known. Through a collection of fast-paced interlocking narratives, it animates the tale of an alternate America and its wide-eyed citizens: the LSD-slinging graffiti writers of Central Park, the Dead-loving AI scientists of Stanfo Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America uncovers a hidden history of the biggest psychedelic distribution and belief sy...

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Title:Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America
Author:Jesse Jarnow
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Genres:Music
ISBN:0306822555
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:512 pages pages

Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America Reviews

  • Jon
    Apr 12, 2016
    I was already a big fan of Jarnow for his work as a WFMU DJ and for his book about Yo La Tengo, but after making my way through this highly exciting, well researched history of psychedelics, I'm a fan for life. It's incredible to follow all of the connections and ripples that followed ...
  • Arielle
    Apr 14, 2016
    I'm really interested in this topic but the first 2/3 of this book was SO BORING. Like your friend who tells you a story and doesn't spare you ANY details. I think if I'm going to continue reading about psychedelics it's going to be from a historical, Terence McKenna perspective and no...
  • Frank
    May 31, 2016
    A fun and informative read! Diligently researched and entertainingly delivered. Lots of moments where the reader really feels like they were there. A must for any student of the subculture. ...
  • Stven
    Jan 30, 2017
    There is by all appearances in this book a great amount of information and history of the assimilation of the use of psychedelics in Western society. But I am shocked and appalled to find this whole history written in present tense. Is writing books in present tense the latest liter...
  • Dan
    Jan 16, 2016
    A fascinating, sprawling tour of the intersection of psychedelic drugs, music, culture, and the birth of the Internet with a capital "I." Jarnow did some heavy research, including many, many, many original interviews, many of people who had never gone on the record before, to really ge...
  • Robert
    Jun 30, 2016
    Good overview of the psychedelic drug scene from the 60's to present day - not quite as good as Robert Sabbag's SNOWBLIND, but then again, few are - Burning Man gets more than a mention as a nexus for present day activity. Worthwhile. ...
  • Leftjab
    Nov 13, 2018
    After Freaks & Geeks was released on DVD (2004), I went through a brief period of listening to the Grateful Dead ? mainly American Beauty. Actually only American Beauty. Anyway, I enjoyed the final scenes of Freaks & Geeks and, having never realized what good songs ?Box of ...
  • Steve Siegel
    Nov 30, 2017
    I will read (nearly) any Grateful Dead book you put in front of me, despite the fact that they generally tread the same well-worn pathways. But Heads is different ? it doesn?t really even purport to be a Grateful Dead book, and yet it somehow is! Under the guise of a social history...
  • Jason Diamond
    Feb 19, 2016
    Whether or not you like the Dead or hate jam bands and hippies, Jarnow's book is so much more than a tale of drum circles and bad trips. Heads is a thoroughly investigated and super engaging book about psychedelic America and how it ended up influencing our culture. ...
  • Brad
    May 25, 2016
    Made me want to do some acid. ...
  • Kristine
    Feb 27, 2016
    Heads by Jesse Jarnow is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-March while on a road-trip in Wisconsin. Something immedialy apparent to me during Heads' non-specific, non-fiction timeline of psychedelia is the concept of the privilage of mass specialty: that everyone seems to ha...
  • Burgoo
    Apr 12, 2016
    An addictively readable history of the influence of psychedelics in contemporary culture. It goes beyond the usual suspects to talk tapers, art, graffiti, computer programming, and more. If you think you've already read the last work on the subject, well you haven't. Read this. http...
  • Sara Gray
    Mar 17, 2017
    This history of LSD in America bypasses the famous landmarks (Leary, Millbrook, and other luminaries) to stop at people and places more off the beaten path: dealers, tapers, and many, many Deadheads. At times I was thrilled to learn more about female chemists and cults I'd never heard ...
  • Roberto
    Aug 06, 2017
    Wow, so much information! Maybe not so much a history of psychedelic america as a history of the psychedelic and entheogenic culture surrounding the Grateful Dead. Worth knowing if you're going into this and not a Grateful Dead nut. This book is about the phenomenal reach of the Dead, ...
  • Mark
    Nov 17, 2018
    This was an interesting book reached from a rather fragile premise which when finally digested seems likable. Someone took a poster out of the 60's literally, apparently, and wanted to prove the existence (qv, "Humbead's Map of the World") of this imaginary land in real time...hmmm. ...
  • Bryan Winchell
    Dec 31, 2017
    I?ve read many books on psychedelics and their intersection with society, but this one covered some new ground for me, notably about the connection between 1970s New York graffiti culture and LSD. There?s so much to the tale of LSD in America and Jarnow is a wonderful narrator a...
  • Nick Carnac
    Mar 19, 2019
    WowMom ! The lid is off ! 1959 til now,,,,,Psychedelics Rule OK . As The Kool-Aid Acid Test informed so well in '69 , this is an update for 2019 , half a century on and Grokking still ! The L.S.D. annals .....ongoing !! ...
  • Aaron
    Apr 21, 2016
    I really never read nonfiction, but this one was a highly entertaining weirder-than-fiction history of "psychedelic America." Doubling as a history of the Grateful Dead and beyond, zigging and zagging through multiple subcultures and a zany cast of characters, and reading like Pynchon ...
  • Tom Buchanan
    Jul 04, 2018
    Jerry dies around pg 350. After that's it's mostly Phish and Bonnaroo and bleh. ...
  • Michael Pearlman
    May 10, 2016
    Jarnow does an excellent job of pulling together a lot of information from disparate sources to compile a unique history of LSD and psychedelic use throughout American history. For readers familiar with the subject, there's much here that's has been covered more thoroughly in other cla...
  • Chris Wharton
    Feb 06, 2019
    The emergence of LSD and its convergence with the post-Beat generation morphing into the West Coast Grateful Dead scene of the 1960s and across a wider stage for three more decades are at the center of this detailed history of a long, strange, off-center-stage sociocultural trip. A goo...
  • Jordan Wannemacher
    Aug 22, 2017
    This book was a slog the past few weeks with everything I had going on, but I finally made it through HEADS: A PSYCHEDELIC BIOGRAPHY OF AMERICA by Jesse Jarnow. I had my eye on the one for a long time because the cover design by Alex Camlin (a book design friend who freelanced for us a...
  • Ben
    Jan 19, 2019
    I found Heads difficult to get into at first due to Jarnow?s frenetic writing style and the non-stop slangy references, but it is very worth hanging in there. Heads is a creative and fun take on an interesting chapter in American history. ...
  • Sarah Paolantonio
    Apr 04, 2016
    HEADS is super technicolor fantastic. First of all, if you thought you knew about The Grateful Dead (I guess, unless you lived it) you really know nothing at all. In HEADS, Jarnow looks at The Dead from a whole new angle--the hip economy, the true countercultural underground, and the l...
  • Ellen
    May 05, 2018
    Fascinating history of the recent past. Interesting to see how my life has intersected some of that history as well. ...
  • Steve Carter
    Jan 20, 2017
    Maybe this book should be subtitled ?A Biography of Music and Jam Band?s Association with Psychedelic America?. There is a lot of material on The Grateful Dead in here. It?s almost shows that LSD and its distribution was completely tied into the Dead and their national tours...
  • Jon Lasser
    Aug 12, 2016
    The beginning of the book is a breezy and readable summary of psychedelic history through the early seventies. Readers interested in this might be better served by Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream. The end of the book is a kinda-vague summary of the current state of the p...
  • Taylor
    Mar 31, 2019
    This book is awesome. Jesse Jarnow did a great job. ...
  • Luke X.
    Sep 03, 2018
    Altogether a worthwhile read, although a tad tedious at times, primarily due to a fairly dry writing style of Mr. Jarnow. The "biography" traces the evolution of a psychedelic drug culture in the US, starting with the "invention" of LSD, onto psilocybin mushrooms and ecstasy, and assor...
  • Hollie Rose
    Oct 13, 2018
    From my review written for myself in December 2016: It's about the LSD world. Where it started, how it grew and changed, and who were the key players throughout the decades. Because the Dead was such a conduit for mind expansion via LSD, Jarnow centers much of the historical timeline ...