[back cover notes]
What is LSD? Is it a dangerous psychologically-habituating drug from which there may be a point of no return, or is it, as many users would like to believe, a consciousness-expanding chemical which enables one to see himself and his relationship to the universe and his fellow man for the first time? Is it one of the evils of our highly-complicated society symptomatic of its decline, or is it instead a new "religion" which will lead us into greater awareness and accomplishments?
Who should take it, under what conditions, what are its possibilities for good, and what are its dangers? These questions must be faced by all of us at this time when the widespread use of LSD is threatening to "turn on" the world. It is our sincere hope that the information exposed here will be helpful to those who want to understand what is "happening" in our high schools, colleges, and metropolitan communities today and all of the implications involved.
We did much soul-searching before planning this album. Could we possibly be doing any harm by helping to publicize this very subject, regardless of the nature of our approach? We came to the conclusion that so much publicity has already been given to LSD that it would be unlikely that we would be bringing it to the attention of anyone for the first time. We decided further that the phonograph record might be the best medium through which to properly educate and inform those very people who have only surface knowledge, and have failed to read the few books that have been written in depth on this subject.
We looked to Sidney Cohen, M.D. for help - because
he is this country's leading medical authority on the subject of LSD. With 17 years of
research on the subject and a United States Government grant behind him, Dr. Cohen
represents a responsible medical approach to a still very controversial subject. We felt
we had to go further and listen as well to what Dr. Cohen calls the "chemical
visionaries" who are raising their voices in support of LSD. It is our belief that
this album could not have been a true and honest documentary account of the subject
without a presentation of what they have to say. That is why in this album you will hear
the voices of Dr. Timothy Leary, Mrs. Aldous Huxley, and Allen Ginsberg.
There will be a great deal on which the listener will have to draw his own conclusions.