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Hi all, I am Tachyon,
Robert, who runs the excellent website Web420, has asked me to make some blog posts here, about psychedelia. Since this subject is seen by many as obsolete I really need feedback, so please write and let me know what you would like to see here.

In my last post, I tried to do  a broad overview of psychedelia, i.e. art, music,
literature, history etc. I will try to expand on these subjects.
Local Happenings: I live in Chicago, and the most relevant thing here this week is

The Chicago Peace Fest.

This will feature several very cool local bands, I only became aware of this when I went to a local bar in Greek Town, and saw the poster in the window and thought

“Oh wow,  this would be very cool for the Web420 site”. That’s why it’s here. We are very lucky here in Chicago as we get to see many of these type music festivals every year.

We have The Blues Fest and The Jazz Fest, etc. Were lucky, LOL.

Literature: I am an avid reader, and usually have two or three books going at once so this is important to me. Here’s a list of books anyone interested in psychedelia should definitely read:

1. On The Road-Jack Kerouac
The first of the Beat Generation novels, a must read.

2. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test-Tom Wolfe

This is about the Merry Pranksters, anyone who has ever done LSD,  or wonders what acid is like, should read this.

As an aside Ken Kesey, a major character in this novel, is the guy who wrote One Flew over The Cuckoo’s Nest

3. PiHKAL and TiHKAL – Andrew Shulgin



For you chemistry buffs out there, these are the ” bibles” of  Andrew “Sasha” Shulgin , who single-handedly discovered and synthesized just about every hallucinogenic/amphetamine there is.

(3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine) also known as X or ecstasy.

4. Carlos Castaneda– “The Books of Power”

a. The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way Of Knowledge

b. A Separate Reality

c. Journey To Ixtlan


Anyone who had hippies for parents like me, will remember these, if you don’t you should read them!

Psychedelic Art and Music:

These two are of course the “biggies”. So big in fact, that it would be stupid to try and tackle them in one blog.

So I’ll just list some of MY favorites, and ask you guys and gals, to do the same.


Isle of The Dead

Gelbe Spiral

Der-Engel ………

Last Guardian….

Music: There is obviously, SO much of this that I will have to make a separate blog for it, but here’s a couple of  things I like.

Pink Floyd – Paint Box

I will add to this after i hear from some readers, and make a post just for art, and one for music. PLEASE WRITE ME OR COMMENT!


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1 comment

  1. merkabagirl

    Dont forget DMT- The Spirit Molecule and
    Food of the Gods (Terrance/Dennis Mc Kenna

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