PSE Presents: Andy Roberts - History of LSD in Britain

Oct 29 2017 18:30 - 21:00

The Melting Pot, (located on fourth floor), EH2 2PR Edinburgh

Andy is a historian of Britain’s LSD psychedelic culture and author of :

Albion Dreaming: A Social History of LSD in Britain (Marshall Cavendish 2008, 2012)


Acid Drops (Psychedelic Press, 2016)

In this fully audio visual supported presentation Andy Roberts, historian of psychedelic culture, will take you through the 77 year history of LSD in Britain. From the drug’s first uses by psychotherapists to the involvement of the Secret Intelligence Services in the 1950s, and the Ministry of Defence, Andy tracks how LSD first penetrated the British Establishment and then helped create the Counterculture, how and why LSD was legislated against, the development of the acid underground and free festival culture, the Establishment’s response to the threat posed by LSD, emergence of MDMA and the current psychedelic renaissance.

Along the way there will also be detours into the early history of LSD in Edinburgh and Michael Hollingshead’s the man who turned on Tim Leary) involvement with acid and Edinburgh, as well as a brief history of Operation Julie, the largest LSD bust in Britain. However much you think you know about LSD culture, this talk will surprise, inform and in places hopefully amuse you. There will also be a chance to win (and buy!) copies of Acid Drops, Andy’s most recent book, as well as the opportunity to ask questions and discuss any aspect of psychedelic history in Britain and beyond.

General Admission

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