Bear Stanley in Fatal Car Crash

Augustus Owsley Bear Stanley

Yesterday, March 13th, Owsley “Bear” Stanley, godfather of psychedelic and  manager of the Grateful Dead, died in a fatal car crash near his Queensland home.

Bear Stanley came to prominence as one of the more prominent producers of LSD, during the hippie/Summer of Love/psychedelic era. Many artists went on to write songs about Stanley and his infamous batches of acid. He also managed the Grateful Dead for sometime, and helped invent their Wall of Sound speaker system for their live shows.

Stanley was a mainstay in the hippie movement and cemented himself as one of the founders along with the likes of Ken Kesey, the Grateful Dead and others, in San Francisco.

Ripple (Live) – Grateful Dead

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