Owsley Stanley, R.I.P.

March 14, 2011

Owsley Stanley, the guy who synthesized much of the LSD in circulation back in the 1960s, designed the famous “steal your face” logo, and was also the Grateful Dead’s top soundman, died this week in a car crash:

Mr. Stanley lived on an all-meat and dairy diet. He believed vegetables were toxic and blamed a heart attack several years ago on the broccoli his mother made him eat as a child. He lost one of his vocal cords to cancer in 2006.

What an eccentric. But there’s no disputing that Owsley had an enormous impact on the counterculture. Link.

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