Bear: The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III
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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.

Title:Bear: The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages

    Bear: The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III Reviews

  • James McCallister
    Nov 12, 2016

    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...

  • Edward Sullivan
    Jan 11, 2017

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

  • Connie
    Jan 08, 2017

    What an interesting and brilliant man.Great read...

  • Mike DaBears
    Oct 20, 2016

    Will post a review when I'm done reading the book. Thanks Goodreads!...

  • Paul
    Dec 20, 2016

    Interesting book, but I did find the subject (Bear himself) quite annoying and the author's deference to the subject disappointing. Maybe it's because I read the book right smack at the same time that...

  • Justin
    Dec 15, 2016

    It was interesting, but not THAT interesting....

About Robert Greenfield

Robert Greenfield

A former Associate Editor of the London bureau of Rolling Stone magazine, Robert Greenfield is the critically acclaimed author of several classic rock books, among them S.T.P.: A Journey Through America with the Rolling Stones, as well as the definitive biographies of Timothy Leary and Ahmet Ertegun. With Bill Graham, he is the co-author of Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock and Out, which