JOHN WILCOCK: (LSD History) Michael Hollingshead Turns on the World

A package sent in 1960 from Albert Hoffmann of Sandoz Labs, containing one gram of powdered LSD, goes on to provide the first acid experiences for many in New York. A comic by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall.

By Persoff and Marshall

Supplemental Material:

Read the entirety of Michael Hollingshead's autobiography THE MAN WHO TURNED ON THE WORLD at the Psychedelic Library.

The Beatles were first introduced to acid by their dentist, John Riley. (Riley had received his acid from Hollingshead) — Read George Harrison's first wife Pattie Boyd recall THE DENTIST WHO SPIKED MY COFFEE WITH LSD. (Moral: Even if you're a dentist, don't UNKNOWINGLY spike people's coffee with acid!)

For more on John Riley and Hollingshead, see:
John Lennon's Song "Help!" - The Real First LSD-Oriented Beatles Song.

Additional Item: Before being banned, LSD was emerging in research as one of the more effective treatments for alcoholism and other difficult habits. Read the recent article on hallucinogens as therapy, Scientists Study What Psychedelics Do to the Brain, and It's Not What You've Been Told.

For a list of various experiences and LSD information, visit Erowid's LSD Vault.
Hollingshead Erowid Vault | Hollingshead Wikipedia | Make a Donation to Erowid

From an ongoing comic book biography of underground publisher John Wilcock's years in New York. View previous installments of the John Wilcock comic here and here.

Published 1:39 pm Thu, May 29, 2014

About the Author

From the comic book biography of John Wilcock, by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall. See previous installments here and here.)

Ethan Persoff (Twitter) is a cartoonist, based in Austin TX. His other comic project is Radio Wire.

Scott Marshall (Facebook) is an illustrator, sound artist, and art director, based in New York City. Previous projects include audio work for Woody Allen (Small Time Crooks), and two scores for full-length dance pieces by choreographer Lar Lubovitch (Men's Stories, The Black Rose).

NEWS: John Wilcock recently celebrated his 88th birthday. He welcomes your email.