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Can't find my way home : America in the great stoned age, 1945-2000, Martin Torgoff

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Can't find my way home : America in the great stoned age, 1945-2000
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Can't find my way home
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America in the great stoned age, 1945-2000
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Martin Torgoff
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Summary
Can't Find My Way Home is a history of illicit drug use in America in the second half of the twentieth century and a personal journey through the drug experience. It's the remarkable story of how America got high, the epic tale of how the American century transformed into the great stoned age. Martin Torgoff begins with the avant-garde worlds of bebop jazz and the emerging beat writers, who embraced the consciousness-altering properties of marijuana and other underground drugs. These musicians and writers midwifed the age of marijuana in the 1960s even as Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (later Ram Dass) discovered the power of LSD, ushering in the psychedelic era. While President John Kennedy proclaimed a new frontier and NASA journeyed to the moon, millions of young Americans began discovering their own new frontiers on a voyage to inner space. What had been the province of a fringe avant-garde only a decade earlier became a mass movement that affected and altered mainstream America. And so America sped through the century, dropping acid and eating magic mushrooms at home, shooting heroin and ingesting amphetamines in Vietnam, snorting cocaine in the disco era, smoking crack cocaine in the devastated inner cities of the 1980s, discovering MDMA (Ecstasy) in the rave culture of the 1990s. Can't Find My Way Home tells this extraordinary story by weaving together first-person accounts and historical background into a narrative vast in scope yet rich in intimate detail. Among those who describe their experiments with consciousness are Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Robert Stone, Wavy Gravy, Grace Slick, Oliver Stone, Peter Coyote, David Crosby, and many others from Haight Ashbury to Studio 54 to housing projects and rave warehouses. But Can't Find My Way Home does not neglect the recovery movement, the war on drugs, and the ongoing debate over drug policy. And even as Martin Torgoff tells the story of his own addiction and recovery, he neither romanticizes nor demonizes drugs. If he finds them less dangerous than the moral crusaders say they are, he also finds them less benign than advocates insist. Illegal drugs changed the cultural landscape of America, and they continue to shape our country, with enormous consequences. This ambitious, fascinating book is the story of how that happened
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HV5825
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.T68 2004
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non fiction
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Can't find my way home : America in the great stoned age, 1945-2000, Martin Torgoff
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 509-524) and index
Contents
Fearless, immune, and ready for all -- Bop apocalypse -- Psychedelic spring -- Everybody must get stoned -- White light, white heat -- Next stop is Vietnam -- Find the cost of freedom -- Golden age of marijuana -- Out of the closets and into the streets -- Last dance -- Hangin' bangin' and slangin' -- Spiritus contra spiritum -- Nouveau psychedelia -- Just say know -- Temple of accumulated error
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24 cm.
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vii, 545 p.
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9780743230100
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2004042904

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