Sun 13 Mar, 2011 03:02 pm
Psychedelic icon Owsley Stanley dies in Australia
Reuters - Owsley "Bear" Stanley, a 1960s counterculture figure who flooded the flower power scene with LSD and was an early benefactor of the Grateful Dead, died in a car crash in his adopted home country of Australia on Sunday, his family said. He was believed to be 76.
I must have been preoccupied . I dont even know who this guy is?
Yebbut, was he stoned at the time?
Owsley "Bear" Stanley, who got countless people turned on to the psychedelic experience in the mid-1960s with LSD produced in his Bay Area lab, died in a car crash on Sunday near his home in north Queensland, Australia, according to a Reuters report.
Stanley served as the Grateful Dead's sound man for several years and was largely responsible for the massive Wall of Sound amplification setup the band used in the mid-'70s. He also chronicled the Dead's live shows; the album History of the Grateful Dead, Vol. 1 (Bear's Choice) was released on Warner Bros. Records in 1973 as a tribute to the band's original keyboardist Ron "Pigpen" McKernan.
The incident was Tweeted by John Perry Barlow, Grateful Dead lyricist and Wyoming rancher, who referred to Stanley as an "Acid King, Annealer of the Grateful Dead, & Master Crank" who died "with his boots on."
Interesting guy. I think I first heard of him in Tom Wolfe's Electric Acid Kool Aid Test
Obituary in the national paper reported his occupation as Drug producer and sound engineer