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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Nicholas Schou presents Orange Sunshine at Book Soup

A few months ago I wrote a review of Nicholas Schou's Orange Sunshine, which is reprinted below. Tomorrow night (June 30th) at 7:00pm, Mr. Schou will be appearing at Book Soup to present and sign Orange Sunshine. Please join us as the author tells of one of the lesser-known stories of the psychedelic 60s.

...Orange Sunshine tells the story of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, a band of surfers in Laguna Beach who became the world's biggest acid and hashish smugglers and dealers in the 1960s. When Sandoz Labs acid was increasingly hard to come by, the Brotherhood synthesized "Orange Sunshine," the most potent acid of the time. Apparently they dropped thousands of hits of this LSD from an airplane onto a crowd of 25,000 in a three-day Laguna Beach celebration. The occasion? An apocalyptic birthday party for Jesus Christ. They also wanted to buy a tropical island and install Timothy Leary as the high priest of a new spiritual Utopian society.

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