Download e-book for iPad: Acid Hype: American News Media and the Psychedelic by Stephen Siff

By Stephen Siff

Now synonymous with Sixties counterculture, LSD really entered the yankee attention through the mainstream. Time and Life, messengers of lumpen-American respectability, trumpeted its grand arrival in a postwar panorama scoured of eye-catching descriptions of drug use whereas retailers around the media panorama piggybacked on their assurance with tales via turns sensationalized and glowing.


Acid Hype bargains the untold story of LSD's wild trip from Brylcreem and Ivory cleaning soap to incense and peppermints. As Stephen Siff exhibits, the early consciousness lavished at the drug through the inside track media glorified its use in remedies for psychological ailment but in addition its prestige as a mystical--yet legitimate--gateway to exploring the subconscious brain. Siff's historical past takes readers to the guts of ways well known media hyped psychedelic medicines in a continuously transferring criminal and social setting, generating an complex dating among medicines and media adventure that got here to outline modern popular culture. It additionally lines how the breathless insurance of LSD gave technique to a textbook ethical panic, reworking yesterday's subtle seeker of truths into an acid casualty splayed out past the perimeter of well mannered society.

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