Ron “Pigpen” McKernan Episode 2: A Life-Changing Car Crash, Mind Experiments, and Hanging onto the Blues
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Ron "Pigpen" McKernan could already feel his influence in the band waning from early on. Even back when the Grateful Dead were still known as the Warlocks. Whereas Pig subsisted on raw power fueled by alcohol and blues music, the rest of the members of the band were functioning on a completely different level. They listened to music, talked literature, and explored the cosmos...while loaded to the gills on LSD. Pig did not partake. He found himself not just playing in a band, but navigating a world of merry pranksters, acid tests, and long, strange trips.
Jerry Garcia & Sandy Rothman travel down south (Woodstock Records)
Kepler's Books 60th Anniversary (Metro Silicon Valley)
Grateful Dead Guide: Pigpen Solo (Dead Essays)
'Apparently Useless': The Accidental Discovery of LSD (The Atlantic)
What a Trip (Stanford Magazine)
Ken Kesey & The Merry Pranksters (University of Virginia)
A brief history of psychedelic psychiatry (The Guardian)
Ken Kesey's First LSD Trip Animated (Open Culture)
Doors of Perception: How Aldous Huxley Brought LSD Therapy to His Readers (Psychedelic Times)
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