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The Charlatans Tim Burgess on Lance Armstrong
01.22.2013
06:09 pm
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The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess on Lance Armstrong.

Can’t we give Lance Armstrong a break? I tried riding a bike once on drugs. If anything it was a lot harder. I was in a hedge within seconds.

 
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Tim released a rather superb album Oh No I Love You at the end of last year, and is touring in February more info here.

Tim Burgess on twitter.
 

 

Posted by Paul Gallagher
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01.22.2013
06:09 pm
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At the age of 19 Thomas De Quincey wrote this opium-induced revery
01.22.2013
10:20 am
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While under the influence of laudanum (tincture of opium), a young and very stoned Thomas De Quincey put pen to paper and attempted to capture the elusive moment:

In a clock-case housed in a warm chamber of a spacious English mansion (inevitably as being English, so beautifully clean, so admirably preserved, [noise there is none, dust there is none, neither moth nor worm doth corrupt] how sweet it is to lie! – If thieves break through and steal, they will not steal a mummy; or not, unless they mistake the mummy for an eight-day clock. And if fire should arise, or even if it should descend from heaven is there not a Phoenix Office, able to look either sort of fire (earthly or heavenly) in the face ... Mummy or anti-Mummy, Skeleton or Anti-Skeleton, the Phoenix soars higher above both, and flaps her victorious wings in utter defiance of all that the element of fire can accomplish—making it her boast to ride in the upper air high above all malice from earthly enemies….

Bonhams Fine Books And Manuscripts in San Francisco was offering De Quincy’s ode to O for sale but it appears to have been sold. The expected going price was between $800-1200.
 
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Posted by Marc Campbell
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01.22.2013
10:20 am
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1960s Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs Identification Kit
01.22.2013
08:43 am
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I doubt these displays ever convinced any kids to abstain from drugs (come on, who just walks around with a poppy?), but they’re sort of beautiful in a Joseph Cornell meets Hunter S. Thomspon kind of way. I’d put one on my wall, anyways.
 
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More photos after the jump…
 

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Posted by Amber Frost
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01.22.2013
08:43 am
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‘Celebration At Big Sur’: A music fest and the last gasp of the Summer Of Love
01.20.2013
05:17 pm
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Celebration (aka Celebration At Big Sur) was a concert/gathering held in September of 1969 (one month after Woodstock) at the Esalen Institute in the Big Sur mountains of California. The musical line-up included Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, John Sebastian, Mimi Farina and Dorothy Morrison & the Combs Sisters. The Incredible String Band were there but sadly do not appear in the film.

I spent some time at the Esalen Institute in 1969 when I played the mridangam in the orchestra of hippie theater company The Floating Lotus Magic Opera. I remember soaking in the steamy hot tubs that overlooked the Pacific ocean, mystical fog rolling up the cliffs as the sun shimmered and melted into the west. The experience was greatly enhanced after eating a tab of licorice-flavored Batman acid.

With its upbeat energy and ageing, dancing flower children, Celebration may have been the last wisp of 1967’s Summer Of Love vibration before the Aquarian Age was beaten into the ground by a pool stick three months later at Altamont.

Having been at both Big Sur and Altamont, the experience was as different as peyote is from meth.
 

Posted by Marc Campbell
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01.20.2013
05:17 pm
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Turn on the tube: Timothy Leary and William Buckley arguing about L.S.D. on TV
01.19.2013
04:35 pm
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William F. Buckley preens and licks his lips lasciviously as he attempts to wrap his head around Timothy Leary’s vision of a world turning day-glow.

Everybody trips in the end with a Beatlesque twist.

From a 1967 (the Summer of Love) episode of Firing Line.
 

Posted by Marc Campbell
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01.19.2013
04:35 pm
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Charles Bukowski tells his worst hangover story: ‘The strangest thing just happened…’
01.18.2013
12:26 pm
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It involves a lot of cheap wine, puking and… well, I don’t want to spoil it, I’ll just let him tell it.
 

 
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Posted by Richard Metzger
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01.18.2013
12:26 pm
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Double Gonzo: Hunter S. Thompson interviews Keith Richards
01.15.2013
11:40 am
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Keith Richards and Hunter S. Thompson muse on The Beatles, the afterlife, getting a full blood transfusion and using the Hells Angels for concert security.

Wayne Ewing, who shot this video, writes of the behind the scenes goings on at the Hunter Thomson Films website:

The interview itself was, like most of Hunter’s interviews, quite disappointing. You can begin to see why it took me so many years to shoot and piece together enough material with Hunter to make intelligible films – Breakfast with Hunter & the work-in-progress Breakfast with Hunter: Vol. Two. Old television interviews with Hunter like these abound on the internet, except this one has Keith.

At 4am we stopped shooting, and I urged the crew from Denver to wrap as quickly as possible. Rather than splitting asap as you expect, Keith hung around while we wrapped, sitting on the couch in the kitchen, not wanting to leave the inner sanctum of Gonzo quite yet. Hunter clearly wanted to get the Denver crew out so he could have more private time with Keith, who by now had fallen asleep on the couch, looking exactly like the famous 1972 Annie Leibovitz shot of him splayed out in a chair. As the crew endlessly wrapped cables, an unconscious Keith began to slide off the couch onto the floor.

Good luck understanding much of what the good Doctor says. Keith speaks the Queen’s English compared to mush-mouthed Thompson.
 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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01.15.2013
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Timothy Leary interviewed by uber nerd Nardwuar in 1994
01.09.2013
03:10 pm
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It’s 1994, a year and a half before he died, and Timothy Leary is being interviewed by the obnoxious Nardwuar in British Columbia. Like most interviewees approached by the Tam- wearing asshole, Leary displays tremendous cool in the face of Nardwuar’s grating dweebishness.
 

Posted by Marc Campbell
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01.09.2013
03:10 pm
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Like ‘The Wicker Man’ on heroin: Nico and a young Iggy Pop in ‘Evening of Light,’ 1969
01.07.2013
12:29 pm
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Promo video for Nico’s “Evening of Light” (actually the alternate version, as heard on the Frozen Borderline set) directed by François De Menil in 1969, but probably finished much later. There was a tantalizingly brief clip of this in the Nico: Icon documentary and ever since the invention of YouTube, I’ve been hoping to find the complete piece online.

The story is told in Richard Witts’ (fantastic) Nico biography, Nico: The Life and Lies of an Icon, that De Menil, heir to the Schlumberger Limited oil-equipment fortune via his mother’s family, who knew Nico via Warhol associate Fred Hughes, had become besotted by the Teutonic ice queen and proposed making a film with her.

At this time Nico was having a brief affair with a then 21-year-old Iggy Pop, who she met through John Cale, then producing the first Stooges album in New York. (Iggy once revealed to a French interviewer that Nico taught him how to “eat pussy.”) Nico told De Menil that he had to follow them to Ann Arbor, Michigan if he wanted to do it. De Menil obliged, shooting the film behind the house where the band lived.

The way Witts tells the tale is that De Menil seemed to want to get revenge on Iggy because he was Nico’s boyfriend, making the Stooges singer wear white mime make-up and frolic around in a field to embarrass him, but to my mind, this film is absolutely stunning.

Turn it up loud for the full effect!
 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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01.07.2013
12:29 pm
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O.D. in style: ‘Valley Of The Dolls’ pill boxes
01.07.2013
03:58 am
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Well these didn’t last long at the Ruby Lane website. Damn, they could have really come in handy. I’m tired of keeping my uppers and downers scattered like baby teeth in the rusted-out medicine cabinet of my mind. I need to get organized. I need order in my life! Screw you Ruby Lane, you diabolical temptress you.

Posted by Marc Campbell
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01.07.2013
03:58 am
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