Tuesday, 12 April 2016
LSD Book Covers of the 1960s
Faced with the new phenomenon of the mass use of LSD, a new, powerful, intriguing and elusive psychoactive substance, many publishers of the second half of the 1960s decided to publish shoddy pulp books on the footsteps of articles and books about the "opium orgies" of the previous century.The old titillating combination of 'drug' and sex - the usual obsession of the petty male bourgeoises - seemed the easiest and more profitable way to gain readers and money. Obviously the book covers of that genre played an important role in this work of exploitation and cheap spreading of bullshit.....
The usual cool Dangerous Minds publishes a nice and funny gallery of those colorful covers: see and read on their website (keeping in mind that few of the books, for example "LSD: The Consciousness-Expanding Drug" or "LSD - Problem Solving Psychedelic", were serious and documented books written by serious and unbiased experts of those pioneering times....)