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Shroom : a cultural history of the magic mushroom

Author: Andy Letcher
Publisher: London : Faber and Faber, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The 'magic mushroom' was only rediscovered fifty years ago, but has accumulated all sorts of folk tales and urban legends along the way. In this timely and definitive study, Andy Letcher strips away the myths to get at the true story of how hallucinogenic mushrooms, once shunned in the West as the most pernicious of poisons, came to be the illicit drug of choice." "Chronicling the history of the magic mushroom from  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andy Letcher
ISBN: 0571227708 9780571227709
OCLC Number: 69733170
Description: xiv, 360 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Agaricus --
The mushroom people --
Science and magic --
The archaeology of ecstasy --
Much disordered --
Feasts and revelations --
Wasson --
Amanita --
The fly-agaric --
Soma --
Chemistry and conspiracy --
Psilocybe --
Academic exercise --
High priests --
Ripples and waves --
Underground, overground --
The elf-clowns of hyperspace --
Muck and brass --
Epilogue : love on a puffball.
Responsibility: Andy Letcher.

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