Bear: The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III

Bear: The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III

Augustus Owsley Stanley III, better known by his nickname, Bear, was one of the most iconic figures in the cultural revolution that changed both America and the world during the 1960s.

Owsley's high octane rocket fuel enabled Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters to put on the Acid Tests. It also powered much of what happened on stage at Monterey Pop. Owsley turned on Pete Townshend of The Who and Jimi Hendrix. The shipment of LSD that Owsley sent John Lennon resulted in The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour album and film.

Convinced that the Grateful Dead were destined to become the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band, Owsley provided the money that kept them going during their early days. As their longtime soundman, he then faithfully recorded many of the Dead's greatest live performances and designed the massive space age system that came to be known as the Wall of Sound.

Award-winning author and biographer Robert Greenfield’s definitive biography of this Grateful Dead legend masterfully takes us through Owsley's incredible life and times to bring us a full picture of this fascinating man for the first time.

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  • I was excited to read this book because I love biographies and I love books about psychedelia, drugs, outliers, and the counterculture of the 1960s. When I was in college, I read Robert Greenfield's b...

  • In 1985, when I became initiated into my new life as a latter generation Deadhead—it’s called “getting on the bus,” referencing a lyric from the Dead’s psychedelic classic “That’s It for...

  • I stayed up until 2 AM to finish this book, Bear has always been a hero of mine, this book was given to me by a Kurt Vonnegut fan who visited the library and spent a solid hour discussing bluegrass mu...

  • Hi Bob - 24 hours after I started your book, interrupted only by dinner with friends, a bebop play at the Beyond Baroque poetry center and sleep, I closed it, fully mindful of another great trip thru ...

  • Interesting read about LSD pioneer and Grateful Dead sound guru Owsley "Bear" Stanley. I was familiar with much of the history of the Acid Tests and the Dead's long strange trip from other books and o...

  • Pretty disappointing, if I'm being honest. Greenfield may have had some good personal insight from Bear himself, but this never feels like it goes beneath the surface. Having read a lot of books about...

  • An entertaining and diverting account of Owsley's life. Of primary interest to fans of the Dead and maybe those of sixties psychedelia, you'll know if this appeals to you by the title and cover alone....

  • A lively biography of the LSD King, sound wizard, and all around colorful and uniquely weird character....

  • Interesting read on an obviously interesting man. ...

  • Great biography about the life and times of Owsley. A must for all fans of the San Francisco hippie times of the 1960's...

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