OWSLEY AND ME: My LSD Family
is a love story set against the background
of the psychedelic revolution of the ’60S.

OWSLEY “BEAR” STANLEY met her in Berkeley in 1965, when LSD was still legal and he was the world’s largest producer and distributor of LSD. Rhoney found herself working in an LSD laboratory, and the third corner in a love triangle. We have all heard the stories from the ’60s—but never from the point of view of a woman finding her way through twisted trails of love, jealousy, and paranoia, all the while personally connecting to the most iconic events and people of her time. Bear supported the Grateful Dead in their early years and gave away as much LSD as he sold—millions of hits. He designed and engineered the infamous Wall of Sound system of the early ’70s, just before he began his two years in prison, with Rhoney raising their infant son. He died one year ago, but the era he helped create is now being rediscovered by a new generation interested in the meaning of it all.

CLICK HERE to listen to Rhoney Stanley's interview originally broadcast live on KPFA's Dead to the World with host David Gans May 29, 2013.

Rhoney Stanley's psychedelic memoir of the 1960s is getting plenty of hype across the board. Huffington Post said on March 29, "Owsley was a key 1960s figure, who some would say 'turned on' a generation more so than even Tim Leary, but his own life has long been shrouded in mystery. Here's a firsthand recollection, as 'intimate' as is likely to be penned. . . . Here are firsthand backstage accounts of the Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock, Altamont, and much more . . . with various Beatles, Stones, San Francisco musicians, of course, and other famed counterculture figures popping in and out." Bookgasm also reviewed on March 29, stating, "Think of it as the real Breaking Bad, just with more peace and love, and a whole lot less guns and dead bodies."

Vanity Fair included the title in the "Hot Type" section of its April issue. Woodstock Times praised, "My LSD Family is an oddly sweet-hearted and heartwarming tome, while also bringing back enough memories to hopefully fuel many memories long forgotten on others' parts." On March 25, Blogcritics said "Stanley isn't preaching about redemption, salvation, or crawling out of the pits of drug abuse. She's taking us on a tour of her youth and, fortunately for us, the sights and sounds are colorful and vividly described. If you weren't there yourself, after reading this memoir, odds are, you'll wish you had been." Reviews also came from Shroomery, a psychedelic mushroom message board, on March 26; Chronogram on March 1; and The Village Voice on February 26. There are forthcoming reviews in the April 15 issue of Booklist, the June issue of High Times Magazine (on stands in April), and in the San Francisco Book Review (tba).

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"Owsley & Me: My LSD Family by Saugerties-based Rhoney Gissen Stanley and the late Tom Davis, will be the big splash of the lot...a first-ever account of what it was like to be the common-law wife of Acid King and Grateful Dead family legend Owsley "Bear" Stanley, who not only made all that Lysergic acid diethylamide in the mid-1960s that fueled the various Trips Festivals, the San Francisco scene's wildest music-making, and the Summer of Love, but also designed and built the Grateful Dead's massive sound system while simultaneously initiating their history of immaculate mixing board live recordings, whose release continues to this day."

—Woodstock Times

"Stanley isn't preaching about redemption, salvation, or crawling out of the pits of drug abuse. She's taking us on a tour of her youth and, fortunately for us, the sights and sounds are colorful and vividly described. If you weren't there yourself, after reading this memoir, odds are, you'll wish you had been."

—Blogcritics

“Owsley was a key 1960s figure, who some would say "turned on" a generation more so than even Tim Leary, but his own life has long been shrouded in mystery. Here's a firsthand recollection, as "intimate" as is likely to be penned…Here are firsthand backstage accounts of the Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock, Altamont, and much more … with various Beatles, Stones, San Francisco musicians, of course, and other famed counterculture figures popping in and out.”

—Huffington Post

“OWSLEY AND ME is totally geared toward people who have an interest in the music of the time, but also one of the most influential characters of all of drug culture. Think of it as the real BREAKING BAD, just with more peace and love, and a whole lot less guns and dead bodies.”

—Bookgasm

“Famous people—Timothy Leary, Jerry Garcia, Ravi Shankar, Jimi Hendrix, Ken Kesey—wander in and out of the story, which delivers a vivid, behind-the-scenes look at the 1960s counterculture. A nostalgia trip for many, to be sure, but also an involving love story that chronicles the sometimes turbulent relationship between Rhoney and Owsley.”

—Booklist

“ ‘”SO GOOD . . . I love your honesty. Really liked the descriptions of the mysteries and subtleties of the substance. I FEEL TRANSPORTED BACK, missing everybody.”

—CAROLYN (MOUNTAIN GIRL) GARCIA

“My writing partner Tom Davis was greatly excited about his last literary project helping to edit Owsley and Me. Rightly so. A LEGENDARY FIGURE who was central to an induplicable period in U.S. cultural history is depicted in AN EXCITING AND ENTERTAINING MEMOIR from a true intimate insider!”

—DAN AYKROYD

AMAZING PSYCHEDELIC TALES from Bear’s then-partner Rhoney. Eyewitness accounts of inner space can’t come from a more credible source . . . READ THIS BOOK!”

—DENNIS MCNALLY

author of A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead