Salon2 056 – “The Harvard Psychedelic Club”


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Guest speaker: Gunther Weil

Gunther Weil

Gunther Weil


Today’s podcast from our Psychedelic Salon 2.0 track features some epic stories from a psychonaut who’s seen it all. His name is Gunther Weil.
Gunther escaped the Holocaust, worked with Tim Leary on the LSD Concord Prison Experiment, worked on Aerosmith’s first album, recieved a Ph.D. from Harvard, and hung out with Alan Watts, Alan Ginsberg, and Ram Dass.
These are his tales of adventure, curiosity, betrayal, and triumph. Gunther Weil shares with us a life of stories and adventures from political uprisings, government drug experiments, and his first-hand view from the start of a cultural revolution.

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  1. Hopefully your Salon discussions with Gunther will be transcribed and published. His insights and historical treasures of memory of those times is priceless. Please don’t let any opportunity to be lost in this . . . I think he said he’s 81. He sounds perfectly healthy but still, such a voice is one of the last still around.

    How interesting to learn that it was Alpert that got fired and that Leary left on his own accord. I loved hearing about Leary’s parting gift to West Point. Gunther’s recollections are full of such treasures. ‘

    This is really core material, touching everything and everyone from Andrew Weil to the black sand beaches of Dominica. Close associations with Maslow, the Mexico and Millbrook and India experiences, his invaluable insights regarding Grossman, the Concord subjects, and so many others! I kept wanting him to go into more detail and to include even more territory, but I’m sure it gets tiring for the speakers and interviewers after a while,. Hopefully he’ll be back.

  2. Aww, damn about Port Townsend — it’s a fantastic little city filled with many many interesting people on a peninsula that’s pure magic. Hope you make it out here some day!

    [COMMENT by Lorenzo: After the Imagine Festival in September, I’m planning on traveling to Port Townsend and spend a few days there. However, I’ve now made my final decision: My final destination: Eventually, I’ll be living on Orcus Island.]

  3. Terrific interview. At the end of TWO(!) hours, you feel like another two hours of conversation could be generated.

    [COMMENT by Lorenzo: I’m trying to arrange for Gunther to join us for a Live Salon one Monday night in the near future. … stay tuned!]

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