Tim Leary (October 22, 1920 – May 31, 1996) believed LSD showed therapeutic potential for use in psychiatry. He popularized catchphrases that promoted his philosophy, such as “turn on, tune in, drop out”, “set and setting”, and “think for yourself and question authority”. He also wrote and spoke frequently about transhumanist concepts involving space migration, intelligence increase and life extension.
President Richard Nixon once described Leary as “the most dangerous man in America.”
In 1955, Leary’s wife committed suicide, leaving him to raise their son and daughter alone. He described himself during this period as “an anonymous institutional employee who drove to work each morning in a long line of commuter cars and drove home each night and drank martinis … like several million middle-class, liberal, intellectual robots.”
In August 1960, Leary traveled to Cuernavaca, Mexico with Russo and ate psilocybin mushrooms for the first time, an experience that drastically altered the course of his life. In 1965, Leary commented that he “learned more about… (his) brain and its possibilities… (and) more about psychology in the five hours after taking these mushrooms than… (he) had in the preceding fifteen years of studying and doing research in psychology.”
Upon his return from Mexico to Harvard in 1960, Leary and his associates, notably Richard Alpert (later known as Ram Dass), began a research program known as the Harvard Psilocybin Project.
While in exile in Switzerland, Leary and British writer Brian Barrett collaborated with the German band Ash Ra Tempel, and recorded the album Seven Up. He is credited as a songwriter, and his lyrics and vocals can be heard throughout the album.
excerpted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Leary
Erotic poet, Lenore Kandel and LSD guru, Timothy Leary are talking together on stage at the “Gathering of the Tribes: The Human Be-In.” (1967) Golden Gate Park, San Francisco 1967
description by Larry Keenan
Allen Ginsberg, Peggy Hitchcock, Tim Leary, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Seven Up Album Jacket (wish I still had my LP!)