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Acid Hype: American News Media and the Psychedelic Experience

Stephen Siff


Now synonymous with Sixties counterculture, LSD actually entered the American consciousness via the mainstream. Time and Life, messengers of American respectability, trumpeted its grand arrival in a postwar landscape scoured of alluring descriptions of drug use while lesser outlets piggybacked on their coverage with stories by turns sensationalized and glowing. This book offers the untold tale of LSD's wild journey from Brylcreem and Ivory soap to incense and peppermints. As the book shows, the early attention lavished on the drug by the news media glorified its use in treatments for mental il ... More

Keywords: LSD, drug use, mental illness, treatment, psychedelic drugs, contemporary pop culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039195
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039195.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Siff, author
Miami University