Few tales within the annals of yank counterculture are as interesting or dramatic as that of the Brotherhood of everlasting Love.
Dubbed the "Hippie Mafia," the Brotherhood all started within the mid-1960s as a small band of peace-loving, adventure-seeking surfers in Southern California. After gaining knowledge of LSD, they took to Timothy Leary's mantra of "Turn on, music in, and drop out" and resolved to make that imaginative and prescient a fact by means of turning into the most important staff of acid buyers and cannabis smugglers within the country, and actually delivering the gas for the psychedelic revolution within the process.
Just days after California grew to become the 1st kingdom within the union to prohibit LSD, the Brotherhood shaped a legally registered church in its headquarters at Mystic Arts global on Pacific Coast road in Laguna seashore, the place they bought blankets and different countercultural paraphernalia retrieved via browsing safaris and highway journeys to unique locales in Asia and South the United States. sooner than lengthy, in addition they started to promote Afghan cannabis, Hawaiian pot (the storied "Maui Wowie"), and finally Colombian cocaine, a lot of which the Brotherhood smuggled to California in mystery booths within surfboards and Volkswagen minibuses pushed around the border.
They additionally befriended Leary himself, enlisting him within the aim of shopping for a tropical island the place they can set up the previous Harvard philosophy professor and acid prophet because the excessive priest of an experimental utopia. The Brotherhood's so much mythical contribution to the drug scene used to be do-it-yourself: Orange Sunshine, the group's nickname for his or her trademark orange-colored acid capsule that occurred to supply a particularly strong journey. Brotherhood foot squaddies handed out handfuls of the capsules to communes, at thankful useless concert events, and at love-ins up and down the coast of California and past. The Hell's Angels, Charles Mason and his fans, and the unruly crowd on the notorious Altamont song pageant all tripped out in this acid. Jimi Hendrix even seemed in a movie starring Brotherhood individuals and played a personal express for the fugitive band of outlaws at the slope of a Hawaiian volcano.
Journalist Nicholas Schou takes us deep contained in the Brotherhood, combining particular interviews with either the group's surviving individuals in addition to the law enforcement officials who chased them. A wide-sweeping narrative of intercourse, medications, and rock 'n' roll (and extra medicinal drugs) that runs from Laguna seashore to Maui to Afghanistan, Orange Sunshine explores how the US moved from the period of peace and loose love right into a darker time of tough medicinal drugs and paranoia.