Revisiting the CounterculturewithMatthew Ingram

matthew ingram


Alan Ginsberg Aldous Huxley altered states of consciousness Buddhism Charles Tart Chögyam Trungpa crazy wisdom Germaine Greer Jack Kerouac John Lilly Ken Kesey macrobiotics Maharishi Marcuse meditation Milarepa Muktananda Norman O. Brown Primal Scream R. D. Laing Ram Dass sensory deprivation sexual revolution Stanislav Grof Theodore Roszak Timothy Leary William S. Burroughs yoga Zen

Matthew Ingram is known for throwing raves in West Africa in 1993, writing for Teletubbies, his cult music blog Woebot, writing for the Wire and FACT magazines, setting up the Dissensus forum and putting out a series of LPs. His “Vitamin C” animated documentary was shown at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. He is author of Retreat: How the Counterculture Invented Wellness.

Here the discussion focuses on the many personalities who contributed to the cultural wave that swept the western world, particularly the United States, during the 1960s (many of whom have been interviewed by Jeffrey Mishlove). Matthew’s book specifically focuses on the period from 1955 to 1975. Topics include the role of the Vietnam war, LSD, new psychotherapies, eastern religions and the idea of enlightenment, the anti-establishment protests, the sexual revolution, and feminism. There were, of course, important historical antecedents as well as consequences.

(Recorded on October 19, 2020.)

Stanley Kubrick, 2001: A Space Odyssey (video) –

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Published on November 4, 2020