McGowan rightfully claims, The Bear, did more to turn the kids on to acid, by manufacturing and distributing, free of charge, many, many hits of acid. How many hits of acid you ask?
Quoted from "For the unrepentant patriarch of LSD, long, strange trip winds back to Bay Area"
By conservative estimates, Bear Research Group made more than 1.25 million doses of LSD between 1965 and 1967, essentially seeding the entire modern psychedelic movement.
He was certainly more hands on then main stream media icon of the acid movement. Mr. Tune in, Turn On, Drop Out -Timothy Leary. Whom, it should be noted seems to have benefited alot more from historical revisionism then he deserved.. But then, what else is new?
In later years Owsley Stanly distanced himself from Timothy Leary calling him the worst thing to ever happen to the psychedelic movement. I covered that in a previous post including info in the comments page on Leary's testimony in front of the Senate.
But, back to Owsley and a band he worked for. Or with perhaps? Quite likely at more then music making. The Grateful Dead. Yes, that Grateful Dead! Formed in the San Francisco Bay area in 1965. Say, that reminds me of another group formed in that same area, affiliates of the Grateful Dead one could say, but we will get to that later.....
Oh and one more thing, just a little side trip.
Since Bear Owlsey is notoriously camera shy I thought I would throw in this picture from his drug arraignment in 1967. Apparently one of a very few photos ever taken. He is now in his mid 70's.
Ok, now the Grateful Dead.
The anonymous person who got me going in this direction mentioned the fact the Grateful Dead, had initially been known as The Warlocks. Interesting. Maybe to obvious? Anyway the name got changed and the rest as they say, is history.
But what about the Grateful Dead? What a long, strange trip it's been for them.
Dave McGowan notes:
Owsley and his frequent sidekicks, the Grateful Dead, moved down to the
Curious parallels for Owsley and The Dead, no? I mean, for the alleged paragons of the counter culture movement to be following in the footsteps of Big Brother, the CIA and mkultra.
Seems odd doesn't it? It does.
It also seems like it is right out of mkultra's Operation Midnight Climax!
And, yes that is it's actual name. Like a cheesy porn movie , which in a lot of ways, it was.
"Operation Midnight Climax was a series of CIA run brothels in San Francisco and New York. The operation paid prostitutes $100 a day to lure men into the net. The prostitutes spiked their Johns' drinks with LSD"
And the government agents and police watched! (getting their rocks off, no doubt)
Were the Grateful Dead and Owsley involved in covert ops?
Were they providing the cover for LSD experiments on unwitting citizens? Was Owsley providing the LSD? Were they providing the johns from amongst unwitting fans and assorted hangers-ons? It is pretty convenient. The acid for the unwitting subjects could be produced right next door. The subjects could be studied from right next door. And no one, and I mean NO ONE, would suspect a link between these counterculture giants and the CIA.
Then there is that other group formed in San Francisco, I mentioned them back in the beginning. Affiliates of the Grateful Dead. What group you ask? Some other esteemed musical band? Yeah, well if you were thinking that, you would be mistaken. It is a group that is considered a bastion of white male secret elitism. Complete with weird rituals, and heavy duty members amongst the political elites.
It is the The Bohemian Club. Yes, the Bohemian Club boasts Dead members, as their very own.
Isn't that interesting the counterculture boosters and the elites?
The leaders of the Dead Heads, and leaders of the World.
Members of the military industrial complex, and the Grateful Dead members who also maybe members of the military industrial complex?
Group Protests Dead Members' Bohemian Club Membership
Mike Weir and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead are members of the Bohemian Grove.
"The activists who protest the gathering of the Bohemian Club's all-male political elite and movers and shakers at the Bohemian Grove near Monte Rio each July claim Weir and former Dead percussionist Mickey Hart joined what they call "the Evil Empire" years ago."
That was reported in 2006, but it goes even further back then that to 1998.
Letter to Bob Weir (Grateful Dead)
asking them not to be involved with the Bohemian weirdos.
Oh and this part:
"Hart bunks in the Hillbillies Camp with George Bush Sr. and Donald Rumsfeld and Weir resides in Rattlers Camp with Edmund Littlefield Jr., whose father is the former CEO of General Electric"
Grateful Dead band members bunking in with the likes of George Bush Sr and Rumsfeld and the former CEO of General Electric?
It is like they fit right in with the military industrial complex so well, they can see each other in their jammies, or maybe their undies? But then, thinking of Operation Midnight Climax.....
Maybe none of them got anything to hide.