Owsley Stanley

Chemist, Visual Artist

1935 – 2011

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Who was Owsley Stanley?

Owsley Stanley also known as Bear, was a figure of the San Francisco Bay Area counter-culture, playing a pivotal role in the counterculture of the 1960s. As a crafts-person, he became best known simply as 'Owsley' – the LSD "cook". Under the professional name of "Bear", he worked with the psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead's international fan "family".

Bear was an early soundman for The Grateful Dead, a band he met when Ken Kesey invited them to an Owsley Acid test party. As their sound engineer, Bear frequently recorded live tapes behind his mixing board.

Stanley was the first private individual to manufacture mass quantities of LSD. Between 1965 and 1967, Stanley produced more than 1.25 million doses of LSD.

Stanley died in an automobile accident in Australia on March 12, 2011.

Famous Quotes:

  • ... the bears on the album cover are not really 'dancing'. I don't know why people think they are, their positions are quite obviously those of a high-stepping march.

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Jan 19, 1935
  • United States of America
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Virginia
Mar 13, 2011

on July 23, 2013


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