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Albion Dreaming: A Popular History of LSD in Britain by Andy Roberts

By Andy Roberts

Opposite to well known trust, LSD is far extra hooked up to Britain than it truly is to the united states. This enticing ebook appears to be like on the use of LSD in British society, from its arrival in 1952 to the current day. It presents a hidden historical past of a arguable drug and the way it permeated British culture.The writer explores LSD’s use by way of the scientific career in treating numerous mental and psychological difficulties. while, The Ministry of Defence believed they have been close to harnessing LSD as a battlefield incapacitation drug which might permit wars to be received with out death. yet LSD’s reputation rose with its use one of the British counterculture, from the Fifties beatniks via to the past due 80s acid condo events. At its top, while it used to be criminal, LSD affected the lives and philosophies of important contributors (politicians, scientists, writers, educators, entertainers, artists, newshounds) in addition to traditional humans for sturdy and undesirable. This e-book is the 1st to discover LSD’s remarkable effect on British tradition and society.

Andy Roberts is a characteristic author for the Fortean instances journal. he's the writer of thirteen books and is a expert to the BBC. He lives in Flintshire, North Wales.

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Duran Duran and Depeche Mode had managed to score hits with guitar-driven LPs pitched vaguely at America, but Very – with its techno references, eccentric lyrical flourishes and almost parodically English vocals – suggested the Pet Shop Boys had little interest in winning over the Seattle crowd. Between them, the album and single spent two months in the UK top ten. The Pet Shop Boys had gloriously outstayed their welcome; Tennant and Lowe had been awarded extra time and they were jolly well going to make the most of it.

The ins and outs (you wince) of your past are none of her business.  . you know. This weather is absurd. It’s a Bank Holiday. Surely it should be raining. Anyway, saying what she said – and in front of all those people – well, that was taking it too far. It wasn’t that they had laughed. Actually, hardly anyone had laughed. That was kind of the problem. No one had seemed particularly surprised. How can it be this hot? This is the West End, not the West Coast. Your body is shutting down. You feel like you’re wading through the streets.

These glimpses of trauma and delight were conceived as part of the Pet Shop Boys’ most artificial album. With its abstract packaging, surreal wardrobe and references to videogames and theatre, Very doesn’t exactly strive to appear natural. Grunge, with its unwashed hair and everyman clothes, was the flavour of the decade. The Pet Shop Boys found it uninspiring. Far more exciting to them were the recent advances in computer technology that allowed youngsters to escape into virtual reality. As bands began to unplug for MTV, the Pet Shop Boys were plugging in – not only synthesisers, but also games consoles and graphics cards.

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