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Albion Dreaming: A Popular History Of LSD In Britain

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Contrary to popular belief, LSD is much more connected to Britain than it is to the US. This engaging book looks at the use of LSD in British society, from its arrival in 1952 to the present day. It provides a hidden history of a controversial drug and how it permeated British culture. The author explores LSD's use by the medical profession in treating a variety of psychol ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Marshall Cavendish Limited
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Stewart Home
Dec 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Roberts covers a lot of ground as he details Albionic acid culture from the early days until now... The sweep is impressive but he also provides lots of interesting details. There is material in here that doesn't seem to have been discussed outside very select circles in recent years - the Ladbroke Grove drugs and magic scene (first spliff, then acid) around THE original mod Terry Taylor (the model for the narrator of Absolute Beginners - and the first British writer to mention LSD in a novel, h ...more
Pete daPixie
Dec 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poptastic
Mr Roberts documents the history of LSD from it's discovery in the 1940's, through the involvement of MI5 and the M.o.D. and out into the counterculture of the sixties to the present day. Although a history of acid in Britain, this book should be of interest to readers outside U.K. A controversial subject covered intelligently, makes a very fascinating read. (Oh, and I contribute to the book as well)
Bill Booker
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lysergic acid diethylamide-25 is a wonderful, powerful, mysterious (and for some unfortunate trippers, dangerous) compound. In Albion Dreaming Roberts takes the reader on a fascinating voyage from Hoffmann's synthesis of LSD in 1938 and his first trip in 1943 in Switzerland to the first time it was used in Britain. From there, he delves into the various ways researchers used it, for both medical and military purposes, and then goes on to deal with its dissemination amongst certain elements of so ...more
Andy Bryant
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Albion Dreaming is the British answer to Jay Stevens' Storming Heaven - the definitive account (for me, anyway) of phsychedelica across the Atlantic. The story of LSD in popular culture is primarily an American tale with American protagonists (Leary, Casey, Owsley), and Roberts' Albion Dreaming doesn't have the epic scale and sense of 'History in the Making' that drives the compelling narrative of Storming Heaven. But because LSD's journey into British culture is a far more clandestine affair, i ...more
S.P. Harrison
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the books I read alongside the writing of my book "I'm a 60 Year Old Woman: How Did That Happen?" Albion Dreaming is an historical account of the rise of LSD consumption in Britain; how it was introduced into Britain in the 1950s and its use by the Ministry of Defence as some kind of weapon! Andy Roberts writes vividly about the 1960s counter culture, the busts by the police, the misleading reports by the media about LSD and of course, how intellectuals like Dr. Timothy Leary bel ...more
Tiago Faleiro
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychedelics, owned
Andy Roberts gives a very in-depth history of LSD in Britain, from the very beginning up to now. Very well written and researched, hard to imagine being better. It's a bit long, and due being very heavy in history, it gets a bit tedious sometimes, so it's definitely not a casual read.

I wouldn't recommend as an introductory book on this topic. It's of the most benefit for those who already have a basic knowledge of the topic and want to know more about how LSD progressed culturally and political
Rog Harrison
Sep 02, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a fascinating book about the use of the drug LSD in the UK. It's well written apart from Chapter 11 which deals with the police action "Operation Julie" which I found quite confusing. One has to wonder how LSD became an illegal class A drug despite there being little evidence that it was harmful and why such savage prison sentences were given to the people who manufactured it.
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Occasionally misty-eyed but always interesting account of the history of LSD in Britain. As an editor, I felt this book could have used another proofread or two - a few typos and odd punctuation choices set my pedantic nature on edge. Best bits undoubtedly the author's recollections of the 1970s squat and free party scenes, alongside the details on the Operation Julie raids which were new to me.
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
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