Bear: The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III
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Bear: The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III


Augustus Owsley Stanley III, better known by his nickname, Bear, was one of the most iconic figures in the cultural revolution that changed both America and the world during the 1960s.

Owsley's high octane rocket fuel enabled Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters to put on the Acid Tests. It also powered much of what happened on stage at Monterey Pop. Owsley turned on Pete Townshend of The Who and Jimi Hendrix. The shipment of LSD that Owsley sent John Lennon resulted in The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour album and film.

Convinced that the Grateful Dead were destined to become the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band, Owsley provided the money that kept them going during their early days. As their longtime soundman, he then faithfully recorded many of the Dead's greatest live performances and designed the massive space age system that came to be known as the Wall of Sound.

Award-winning author and biographer Robert Greenfield’s definitive biography of this Grateful Dead legend masterfully takes us through Owsley's incredible life and times to bring us a full picture of this fascinating man for the first time.

Title:Bear: The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages

    Bear: The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III Reviews

  • James McCallister
    Oct 01, 2016

    In 1985, when I became initiated into my new life as a latter generation Deadhead—it’s called “getting on the bus,” referencing a lyric from the Dead’s psychedelic classic “That’s It for...

  • Joe Fahey
    Mar 16, 2017

    Interesting read about LSD pioneer and Grateful Dead sound guru Owsley "Bear" Stanley. I was familiar with much of the history of the Acid Tests and the Dead's long strange trip from other books and o...

  • Jon
    Feb 01, 2017

    Pretty disappointing, if I'm being honest. Greenfield may have had some good personal insight from Bear himself, but this never feels like it goes beneath the surface. Having read a lot of books about...

  • Brian
    Mar 13, 2017

    An entertaining and diverting account of Owsley's life. Of primary interest to fans of the Dead and maybe those of sixties psychedelia, you'll know if this appeals to you by the title and cover alone....

  • Edward Sullivan
    Jan 11, 2017

    A lively biography of the LSD King, sound wizard, and all around colorful and uniquely weird character....

  • Dean
    Feb 07, 2017

    Great biography about the life and times of Owsley. A must for all fans of the San Francisco hippie times of the 1960's...

  • Goatville9
    Mar 11, 2017

    This book was a gift from a dear friend. I picked it up the lead through it and didn't put it down again until I was finished. Like LSD the book is an experience that some how leaves one wanting for m...

  • Jeanne Field
    Feb 04, 2017

    Hi Bob - 24 hours after I started your book, interrupted only by dinner with friends, a bebop play at the Beyond Baroque poetry center and sleep, I closed it, fully mindful of another great trip thru ...

  • Erik
    Feb 15, 2017

    Overall, I liked this book and its looks behind the curtain of the Grateful Dead scene. Unfortunately, if you've read any of the Grateful Dead books out there, there's not a lot of new information to ...

  • Thomas Dean
    Feb 11, 2017

    Gave me new respect and insight into the Greatful Dead and their dedicated sound man who collected thousands of hours of the Dead's performances, recorded directly from the sound mixing board. This pe...

About Robert Greenfield

Robert Greenfield

A former Associate Editor of the London bureau of Rolling Stone magazine, Robert Greenfield is the critically acclaimed author of several classic rock books, among them S.T.P.: A Journey Through America with the Rolling Stones, as well as the definitive biographies of Timothy Leary and Ahmet Ertegun. With Bill Graham, he is the co-author of Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock and Out, which