By Stewart Tendler, David May

First published in 1984, this booklet turned an immediate bestseller, and in a while, a cult vintage. Now up to date and containing new fabric, it tells a brilliantly researched tale of a bunch of idealists interested by the opportunity of LSD to enhance the standard of life. Called a hippie mafia by means of police, The Brotherhood of everlasting Love got here to represent the increase of LSD, the expansion of the psychedelic circulation, and the heady, confident, progressive days of the Nineteen Sixties.

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Kleps told the senators that if new legislation was brought in they would face mayhem. Leary was a great religious teacher and the day he finally went to prison would be the day religious civil war broke out. Washington was unmoved by the threat. Pressure to take action was not only national but international, with the United Nations calling on all member-countries to legislate speedily. Early in 1966, the United States took the first step when the Drug Abuse Control Amendments became effective, making the unlawful sale or manufacture of the psychedelics into a misdemeanour.

Lynd may have sounded nonchalant about the source of supply in Mexico, but the Brothers worked out a careful system centred on a town near Tijuana, a few miles south of San Diego. The long-haired Brothers may have seemed unlikely company for an officer in the Mexican police, but once a month they met for a quiet chat. There was not much that a policeman missed in a tiny Mexican town. A group of young Americans renting a house, coming and going with battered cars and trucks on the dusty roads in and out of town stood out among the local peasantry and the tourist buses thundering past.

The Angels were not only “policemen” but also purveyors of drugs. What the Angels were selling was Owsley's products. He knew them through Kesey; they offered him a secure network through which to move his LSD around San Francisco. They might seem unlikely allies but their reputation was high in Haight-Ashbury and, on the practical side, the Angels were renowned for never informing on one another. Nor for that matter were they an easy group to infiltrate. “Terry the Tramp,” born John T. Tracey, was at the centre of the dealing operation.

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