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Turn Off Your Mind by Gary Lachman
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Mar 10, 2012

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While Lachman's book has its share of howlers, misstatements,gaffes and typos, it is nevertheless a fascinating and eminently readable look at the disproportionate influence pseudo-mystics, hucksters and charismatic psychopaths wielded in the quest for altered states of consciousness in the 1960s. Lachman is no prude, but one comes away with a sense that sincere seekers after enlightenment frequently ended up with bad trips, bad counsel, and bad debt. It is hard to imagine how sociopaths like Charles Manson and the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi could so easily insinuate themselves among the entertainment industry's elite today, but they clearly did so with people like the Beach Boys and the Beatles.
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