Wednesday, April 30, 2008

CAN YOU IMAGINE?

[UPDATE: Albert Hoffmann, the father of LSD, died yesterday at age 102. Here is the obituary in the NY Times.]

Can you imagine that the History Channel has aired a new documentary for mainstream television called
"Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey"?

Can you imagine that it is narrated by my all-time favorite anthropologist-storyteller Wade Davis (books and talks)?

Can you imagine that it has commentary by Dr. Andrew Weil, Bob Weir and other luminaries?

Can you imagine music by the Grateful Dead?

Can you imagine that it travels deep into AmazĂ´nia with the historical Richard Evans Schultze to find ayahuasca?

Can can imagine that the material is presented in a thoughtful, balanced and respectful way?



The entire psychedelic movement was pinned with extremely negative views as a result of the excesses and recklessness of the 1960's. I feel gratified that now, nearly 50 years later, the media doors of perception are being opened to reveal the insights of indigenous peoples, disciplined religious movements and serious scientific research into the the visionary and therapeutic uses of sacred substances.

The History Channel's "Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey" is superb and will probably soon be known as an "instant classic." It has been placed onto YouTube in 12 parts. I don't know how long these clips will remain online but for now at least I have assembled them here for convenient viewing. You might want to consider them.

[UPDATE -- 09 May -- YouTube has removed the videos saying "This video has been removed due to terms of use violation." I imagine that means they were in copyright violation.]

[OOOOPS, THE FOLLOWING ARE GONE. IF I FIND OUT WHERE THEY WENT I"LL LET YOU KNOW IN A FUTURE POST.]

Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey (part 1 of 12)



Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey (part 2 of 12)



Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey (part 3 of 12)



Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey (part 4 of 12)



Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey (part 5 of 12)



Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey (part 6 of 12)



Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey (part 7 of 12)



Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey (part 8 of 12)



Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey (part 9 of 12)



Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey (part 10 of 12)



Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey (part 11 of 12)






1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What up Lou? Just came across this blog entry. Can you imagine that the guy who played the young Dr. Hoffman in the Documentary you write about (me) is a Daimista in Hawaii?