Bear: The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III
The creator of the dancing bear logo and designer of the Wall of Sound for the Grateful Dead, Augustus Owsley Stanley III, better known by his nickname, Bear, was one of the most iconic figures in the cultural revolution that changed both America and the world during the 1960s.
Owsley's high octane rocket fuel enabled Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters to put on the Acid Te...more
It's an easy read, which is disappointing. At times I felt like I was reading a book targeted to young adults. The prose is simple, the chapters short, and the stories are brief throughout.
The MAJORITY of this book ...more
Truly entertaining with dates that harken back to my own life when I could say, I remember that; or they were in Egypt on the first day ...more
What is there to say about Bear that hasn't been said? He grew up in Kentucky and discovered a love of bluegrass, was an LSD pioneer, recorded ...more
"During this period, Owsley attended Los Angeles City College. He was also arrested after being caught with a fourteen-year-old girl in a motel room, but was released after being given a lecture by the judge." Pg 30
The more time I spend reading about ...more
Still, it's good to know about Bear's life. He did more acid than I can possibly imagine doing in a hundred lifetimes, and s ...more
Blessings, Bear, wherever you are.
A genius, but oh-so-difficult! Owsley comes across as an extremely exasperating c ...more
The author did a great job of chronicaling many of the highlights of this extraordinary life in a simple, straightforward way. The material came across both in depth, but easy to follow. If you are interested in the Dead ...more
Owsley was both a wild reckless demon and evil genius, but at the same time was a crucial figure to the events of the 60's (and both the good and bad that followed); a man who could pretty much master any endeavor that took his fancy. This book provides a good overview of his life and a glimpse into the inner workings of his mind. ...more
I won a copy of this book during a Goodreads giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. So that others may also enjoy this book, I am paying it forward by donating it to my local library. ...more