In 1960 Timothy Leary was not yet famous—or infamous—and Allen Ginsberg was both. Leary, eager to expand his psychedelic experiments at Harvard to include accomplished artists and writers, knew that Ginsberg held the key to bohemia’s elite. “America’s most conspicuous beatnik” was recruited as Ambassador of Psilocybin under the auspices of an Ivy League professor, and togeIn 1960 Timothy Leary was not yet famous—or infamous—and Allen Ginsberg was both. Leary, eager to expand his psychedelic experiments at Harvard to include accomplished artists and writers, knew that Ginsberg held the key to bohemia’s elite. “America’s most conspicuous beatnik” was recruited as Ambassador of Psilocybin under the auspices of an Ivy League professor, and together they launched the psychedelic revolution and turned on the hippie generation. A who’s who of artists, pop culture, and political figures people this story of the life, times, and friendship of two of the most famous, charismatic, and controversial members of America’s counterculture.Peter Conners is the author of Growing Up Dead, The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead....
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White Hand Society: The Psychedelic Partnership of Timothy Leary & Allen Ginsberg Reviews
"Leary's life, and his fruitful collaboration with the poet Allen Ginsberg, has been illuminated in Peter Conners' recent study, White Hand Society: The Psychedelic Partnership of Timothy Leary and Allen Ginsberg, an engaging narrative which spans several decades, as well as the entire U.S., with side trips to Europe and North Africa."Prague Post"Conners maps the trail of where Ginsberg’s paths intersected with Leary’s over three-hundred readable, well-paced, straightforward pages." Popmatters"Conners writes like a poet and researches like a scholar. He pored over hundreds of letters, FBI files and other primary sources to shed new light on these two avatars of altered consciousness. He argues convincingly that Leary 'would have just been some square Harvard professor' without the introductions and connections that Ginsberg provided."San Francisco Chronicle"At first glance they seem to be an unlikely pair, the iconoclastic, highly radical Allen Ginsberg, eager to break down many of the conventions of his times, and the Ivy League college professor, Timothy Leary, all collar and tie and with a career in academia ahead of him. Yet Leary reinvented himself and took a path that was, at least for a time, to make him as much a radical figure as Ginsberg. In [White Hand Society] Peter Conners investigates the coming together, the alliances that these two figures had for a time. It is a story of the 1960s that flowered briefly as America's secret services closely monitored the duo as they threatened to play a significant part in breaking up society as it was." Beat Scene"The 'White Hand Society' is a truly exciting book in the sense that Conners has managed to bring forward the pulsing energy of those exciting times and textually reintegrate the feelings for a modern audience. And, on a personal note, I’ve always found Ginsberg and Leary’s individual stories fascinating but having them presented in conjunction not only makes a lot of sense, it makes a wonderful read."The Psychedelic Press"A full account of the two 1960s icons who made it their cause to launch the psychedelic age. . . . an entertaining overview of an era whose echoes still ring." Kirkus Reviews“Through the years City Lights has brought us seminal work by Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and now, this detail-rich double bio of Allen Ginsberg and Timothy Leary. I knew both these men pretty well, and the times intimately, and Peter Conners has been true to it all. I don’t know how he amassed the trunks of data he must have used to find the jillions of details which were new to me, but I’m certainly glad that he did. This book wins a well deserved spot on my shelf, and belongs with anyone who wants an intimate view of the Sixties-Seventies spinning of the Great Wheel of the Dharma.”Peter Coyote, actor/author, Sleeping Where I Fall"Peter Conners has given us a wondrous tale of picaresque adventure and authentic friendship--between Leary the trickster-explorer-scientist and Ginsberg the activist-bard-philosopher, two seminal figures who pioneered new pathways through the cultural maelstrom of the sixties." Ralph Metzner, co-author, with Ram Dass & Gary Bravo, of Birth of a Psychedelic Culture"The Psychedelic Revolution of the Sixties began with the meeting of two visionary explorers into the unmapped regions of inner consciousness--Timothy Leary and Allen Ginsberg. In the White Hand Society Peter Conners charts the course from the earliest dirt roads of laughing gas to the superhighways of LSD in one compelling story. It is a thrilling ride on what Ginsberg called the Trackless Transit System, going where no one else had dared venture. Take this as a new kind of guidebook into the mystery of the mind." Bill Morgan, author of The Typewriter Is Holy: The Complete, Uncensored History of the Beat Generation"This is an important addition to the literature on the beat generation, documenting the collaboration between two remarkable visionaries who took America on the ride of her life. If you're a beat generation fan, a hippie, a child of the 60s, or a fan of biographies, you'll be turned on by White Hand Society." The Daily Beat Blog"Peter Conners' White Hand Society is a gripping account of a key event in 20th Century history, the decision to actively promote strong psychedelics to the population at large. Conners tells the Timothy Leary story from the traditional perspective of the West Coast counterculture, but he emphasizes the egalitarian influence that the Beat movement had on him and, in particular, the huge Blakean personality of Allen Ginsberg. The result is a portrait of two remarkable figures who came together and changed our culture forever."John Higgs, author of I Have America Surrounded: The Life of Timothy Leary"In White Hand Society, [Conners is] an historian and a group biographer. The individuals in the group that he profiles include not only Ginsberg, Leary, and the Weather Underground fugitives, but also many of the figures of the drug and countercultures of the 1960s, such as Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady, Ram Dass, Andrew Weil, and more. Jack Kerouac makes a brief and vivid appearance; his comments about his experiments with psychedelic drugs are well worth reading and pondering." Jonah Raskin, The Rag Blog"Conners (Growing Up Dead: The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead) splendidly brings these two mavericks [Ginsberg and Leary] back to life as he chronicles that first meeting at Leary's house and traces their growing bond as they built the bridges between the 'holy trinity' (Albert Hofmann, the father of psychedelics; Aldous Huxley; and William Blake) of visionary consciousness expansion and the 1960s psychedelic movement." Publishers Weekly "White Hand is notable for both the tremendous amount of new information it provides and they way that it's presented. Conners not only tells us the whens and whys but he does so by-way of a seamless narrative that puts history into relevant perspective. Obviously, Conners instinctively understands the sensibilities of both Leary and Ginsberg and he writes from the 'inside,' giving a voice to the secret details of a movement that would come to influence the course of every art form." Electric Review "Combining strong archival research (especially in the Ginsberg archives at Stanford) with a narrative flair that animates, say, a lecture Leary made in Copenhagen into something out of Kinsey. Conners traces Leary’s progress from philandering West Coast researcher to psychedelic convert and Harvard lecturer alongside Allen Ginsberg’s progression from clean-shaven Blakean to hirsute Blakean. On the way, the two join forces to convince the Youth of the virtues of acid." Washington City Paper
3 1/2 stars
Hold onto your brain. Very good book. Mr. Conners does NOT hold back on the way things were.He also gives us insight into what the CIA had and has to do with the freedom to do psychedelic experimentation. I made notes and now will track down more knowledge through the names he names and areas of research.I have two pieces of advice. If they're blue chew. And tap the mushroom over the close area from which you have plucked it. The spores will grow more for the next lucky man who finds this argot. Ah!
Excellent book! Peters Conners' writing kept me reading eagerly, bringing the action to life. Even though from time to time the actual lives of Leary and Ginsberg and their coterie might not of be intrinsic interest, yet somehow Conners makes it interesting. This may be because of the huge amount of research that must have gone into the book. I believe someone else wrote to the effect that Conners writes like a poet and researches like a scientist - I could not agree more.
For those who have read biographies of these men, there is nothing new here. The author skates over well-worn territory, making use of secondary sources and adding almost nothing in the way of original research. It is really a lost opportunity for answering questions about why many in this era were looking to psychedelics as a means of self-improvement. The book does re-print the important "houseboat debate," but this can be found online already.