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The New Psychedelic Revolution: The Genesis of the Visionary Age

The Genesis of the Visionary Age

James Oroc

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A bold exploration of modern psychedelic culture, its history, and future

• Examines 3 modern psy-culture architects: chemist Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin, mycologist-philosopher Terence McKenna, and visionary artist Alex Grey

• Presents a “History of Visionary Art,” from its roots in prehistory, to Ernst Fuchs and the Vienna School of the Fantastic, to contemporary psychedelic art

After the deaths of Jerry Garcia, Timothy Leary, and Ken Kesey, it appeared that the psychedelic revolution of the 1960s had finally been suppressed. But the opposite was occurring, evident in the popularity of transformational festivals like Burning Man and BOOM!, the media coverage of ayahuasca use, and the growing number of celebrities and Silicon Valley billionaires readily admitting the benefits of microdosing. Along with the return of university research, the revival of psychedelic philosophy, and the increasing popularity of Visionary Art, these changes signify a widespread psychedelic cultural revolution.

Speaking from the forefront of this new revolution, James Oroc explores 21st-century psychedelic culture through three of its main post-1960s architects: chemist Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin, mycologist-philosopher Terence McKenna, and visionary artist Alex Grey. Examining their work in depth, he also explores the work of DMT researcher Rick Strassman, MAPS founder Rick Doblin, consciousness researcher Stanislav Grof, author Daniel Pinchbeck, and new visionary artists such as Amanda Sage and Android Jones. He investigates the use of microdosing in extreme sports and the transformed understanding of spirituality that arises from the psy-trance festival experience. He presents a “History of Visionary Art” from its roots in prehistory and antiquity, to Ernst Fuchs and the Vienna School of the Fantastic, to contemporary psychedelic art and its importance to visionary culture.

The author explains how psychedelics are powerful tools to examine the Ego and the Shadow and induce transpersonal experiences. Building on anthropological evidence for the role of plant-entheogens in the development of human culture, he proposes that our ongoing psychedelic revolution is seeding the beginnings of a new Visionary Age.

Journalist, photographer, and artist James Oroc was born in the small South Pacific nation of Aotearoa. Since 1998 he has been pursuing and reporting on the cutting edge of extreme sports in more than 40 countries around the globe, his work appearing in magazines, films, and on MTV Sports. He has been a member of the Burning Man community since 1999, and he is also involved in the documentation and advancement of "Alternative Culture." Oroc resides in the Dominican Republic.


Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 480
Erscheinungsdatum 16.01.2018
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-62055-662-7
Verlag Simon & Schuster N.Y.
Maße (L/B/H) 22.8/15.1/3 cm
Gewicht 650 g


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    The Second Psychedelic Revolution

    1 The End of Acid?

    2 Alexander "Sasha" Shulgin: The Godfather of Psychedelics

    3 Terence McKenna: The Rise of the Plant Shaman

    4 Alex Grey: The Mystic-Artist

    5 A Short Psychedelic History of the World

    6 A New Earth? The Dawn of the Visionary Age

    What Can Entheogens Teach Us?
    Psychedelic Culture in the Twenty-first Century

    7 Where Is God in the Entheogenic Movement?

    8 5-MeO-DMT: Visions of a Quantum God

    9 The Future of Psychedelics

    10 Psychedelics and Extreme Sports

    11 What Can Entheogens Teach Us? Introducing the Oroc Entheogen Scale

    12 Living in Dangerous Times

    Dreaming of the Light
    A Brief History of Visionary Art and Culture Introduction: What is Visionary Art?

    13 Primitive and Ancient Visionary Art

    14 Visionary Art in Medieval Christianity and the Renaissance

    15 The Genesis of Visionary Art: William Blake and the Romantics

    16 Studies in Light: Impressionism, Van Gogh, and the Birth of Modern Art

    17 Surrealism, Salvador Dalí, and the Roots of Modern Psychedelic Culture

    18 Post-World War II: Ernst Fuchs and the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism

    19 Psychiatry's Darling: The (Brief) Science of Psychedelics and Creativity

    20 The First Psychedelic Revolution: Art in the 1960s and 1970s

    21 Modern Art in the 1960s: Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol

    22 The Architects of Contemporary Visionary Art: Robert Venosa and Alex Grey

    23 The Collectors: Mark McCloud and Jacaeber Kastor

    24 New Psychedelic Tribes: BOOM! and Burning Man

    25 Performance Art and Psychedelic Culture

    26 The Birth of Transformational Festivals and Visionary Culture

    27 The InterDimensional Art Show and the Tribe 13 Collective

    28 The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors

    29 New Perspectives: MOKSHA, Alchemeyez, and The Temple of Visions

    30 A FractalNation

    31 Beyond 2012: Creating the Visionary Age

    32 Akshardham: The Visionary Wonder of the World

    33 Dreaming of the Light: The Promise of Visionary Art and Culture

    34 The Furtherrr Collective and Other Important Contemporary Visionary Artists

    Accidental Ingestions, Amazonian Overdoses, and Other Reports from the Front Lines

    35 A Pilgrimage to the Dance Temple: My Journey to BOOM!

    36 An Accidental Visionary Experience

    37 The Psy-Fi Chronicles: A Harsh Encounter with Rapé

    38 A Death on the Playa Acknowledgments Bibliography Index