Bear Stanley: Reflections on Life, LSD and DMT
Saturday 7 November 2009
Entheogenesis Australis Conference
Considered by many as one of the legends of the sixties counterculture, Bear Stanley denies his heroic status, and spends his days working on various sculptures and writing essays on subjects such as the importance of carbon dioxide, the primary and only ‘plant food’, to the expansion of food crops and life on earth, fair and equitable taxation (equal and low percentage on all ‘income’), a proper run-off method to determine the results of elections and how to unify and balance law making. Writing laws in ordinary language rather than legalese. Including ‘sunset clauses’ to allow change to adjust to the rapid changes in today’s world– amongst others. He is renowned for his contribution to sound engineering, particularly working with live gig iconoclasts, the Grateful Dead, and perfecting the idea of on-stage monitors and high quality PA’s. A tireless archivist, he kept a ‘diary’ of his front-of-house mixes, including hundreds of Grateful Dead performances, and has seen the release of a number of albums from his “sonic journal” tapes of PA mixes. Bear was a minor participant in the Acid Tests of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. He was the first underground cook to produce high-purity LSD in the 1960s, when it was legal, including the famous White Lightning and Monterey Purple.
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This recording was made on 14 November 2009 at the University of Melbourne at the follow up talks to the outdoor Entheogenesis Australis (EGA) 4 day conference, (6-9 November 2009). The main conference, and this mini EGA follow up event, were both headlined by Bear (Owsley) Stanley and also Bob Jesse from The Council on Spiritual Practices.
The following recording of the Bear, introduced by Martin W and Rak Razam, is an abridged version of a talk scheduled to be released on DVD at the forthcoming EGA conference in December 2011.
This edited talk offers a glimpse of this amazing counter-culture icon, who had a lot more to offer countless generations than he is often given credit for. The Bear was a gifted and highly intelligent individual who went about things his own way. But above all, the Bear was a true artist on many levels, who possessed the drive to create in numerous mediums from sculpture, sound and alchemy – to list just some.
This recording has been released at this reflective time, in memory of the Bear, and offers a unique encounter with a remarkable individual in his later years. Sadly, our dear friend Denis Shaw, the pioneer filmmaker of the EGA DVD series, shared a similar fate to the Bear himself, in that they both died in accidents before their time.
EGA is grateful for the time and energy that the Bear shared with us during his stay with the EGA family. We feel very privileged to have hosted a wise elder of the psychedelic community.
You will be greatly missed, Bear Stanley. Rest in Peace.
Our thoughts are with you, Sheilah and Starfinder.
Also see – http://entheogenesisaustralis.podomatic.com/entry/2011-03-22T03_20_23-07_00