Timothy Leary's Last Trip (1997)

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Author, educator, and philosopher Dr. Timothy Leary was wildly controversial throughout his life, so it came as no surprise he would also choose a controversial way to die. Timothy Leary's Last Trip documents Leary's life and career, from his days at West Point through his years as an LSD guru (he coined the phrase "Tune in, turn on, drop out") to his final days as he prepared for his death by broadcasting his last days over the internet.
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NR
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Documentary , Special Interest
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WinStar Home Entertainment

Cast

O.B. Babbs
as Himself (Narrator)
Ken Kesey
as Himself
Ken Babbs
as Himself
Neal Cassady
as Himself
Neal Cassady
as Himself
Hugh Romney
as Himself (Wavy Gravy)
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Tune in, turn on and drop out..... Tim Leary's advice during the turbulent sixties of race riots, protests and counter-culture ways championed at the first Woodstock. Lots of great film footage of an era in the mid to late 1960s. Primarily about Harvard professor Tim Leary, [img]http://ia600202.us.archive.org/0/items/Timothy_Leary_Archives_82/Timothy_Leary_Archives_82.thumbs/82_000012.jpg[/img] early proponent and founder of mind altering drugs, principally LSD. [img]http://ia600202.us.archive.org/0/items/Timothy_Leary_Archives_82/Timothy_Leary_Archives_82.thumbs/82_000004.jpg[/img] Also details author Ken Kesey [img]http://ia600202.us.archive.org/0/items/Timothy_Leary_Archives_82/Timothy_Leary_Archives_82.thumbs/82_000019.jpg[/img] (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) beliefs as a west coast leader of mind altering drugs, primarily LSD. SEE the trailer at: http://thetrailersbay.com/movie/8574/Timothy-Leary's-Last-Trip/ OR the entire hour film at: http://www.archive.org/details/Timothy_Leary_Archives_82 The C.I.A., who hired Kesey to be a patient in their studies about the mind altering drug LSD,(he needed money during college) and you have quite a eye opening look into the mid to late 1960's craze which influenced The Beatles and was specifically championed by The Greatful Dead, a west coast band who's guitar member Jerry Garcia [img]http://ia600202.us.archive.org/0/items/Timothy_Leary_Archives_82/Timothy_Leary_Archives_82.thumbs/82_000044.jpg[/img] made no excuses for applauding the use of the forbidden "acid". His early band was a regular at Kesey's "meetings". See this if you want to know more of the sixties anti-materialism movement that had The Greatful Dead band as an early follower of Ken Kesey's/Leary's ideas about free thought, freedom of expression fueled by LSD, ie acid. Leary predicted that the Internet was the LSD of the future, that computers would be in every school. He became very interested in cyberspace. The documentary, made and narrated by son [img]http://ia600202.us.archive.org/0/items/Timothy_Leary_Archives_82/Timothy_Leary_Archives_82.thumbs/82_000006.jpg[/img] of the father [img]http://ia600202.us.archive.org/0/items/Timothy_Leary_Archives_82/Timothy_Leary_Archives_82.thumbs/82_000016.jpg[/img] and mother followers of west coast Ken Kesey, details the life of ex-Harvard professor Tim Leary (the only Harvard professor besides Ralph Waldo Emerson to be fired from Harvard). His "mind exploring" interests, prompted by no less than the C.I.A. (who were then avid researchers into LSD). QUOTES from Leary: 1 "People use the word "natural" ... What is natural to me is these botanical species which interact directly with the nervous system. What I consider artificial is 4 years at Harvard, and the Bible, and Saint Patrick's cathedral, and the sunday school teachings." ---- Tim Leary from LSD: Methods of Control (1966) 2 "You're only as young as the last time you changed your mind." 3 " I am 100 percent in favor of the intelligent use of drugs, and 1,000 percent against the thoughtless use of them, whether caffeine or LSD. And drugs are not central to my life." Chaos and Cyber Culture (1994) 4 We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. They are a hundred times better educated than their grandparents, and ten times more sophisticated. There has never been such an open-minded group. The problem is that no one is giving them anything fresh. They've got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go.---- Interview by David Sheff in Rolling Stone Twentieth Anniversary Issue (1987) [img]http://ia600202.us.archive.org/0/items/Timothy_Leary_Archives_82/Timothy_Leary_Archives_82.thumbs/82_000010.jpg[/img] 5 "Drop Out" meant self-reliance, a discovery of one's singularity, a commitment to mobility, choice, and change. Unhappily my explanations of this sequence of personal development were often misinterpreted to mean "Get stoned and abandon all constructive activity." -- Leary [img]http://ia600202.us.archive.org/0/items/Timothy_Leary_Archives_82/Timothy_Leary_Archives_82.thumbs/82_000048.jpg[/img] NOTES about the film: 1 Kesey coined the phrase The Acid Test. 2 Leary [img]http://ia600202.us.archive.org/0/items/Timothy_Leary_Archives_82/Timothy_Leary_Archives_82.thumbs/82_000007.jpg[/img] was the only Harvard professor to be dismissed by the school in a hundred years. The other was poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. 3 Timothy Leary was a West Point cadet who really chaffed at the regimented thinking demanded by the academy. He advised everyone to think for yourself above all else and after much consideration decide to obey authority or better, question it. 4 Leary died of cancer but felt he was on the mind's last great journey. [img]http://ia600202.us.archive.org/0/items/Timothy_Leary_Archives_82/Timothy_Leary_Archives_82.thumbs/82_000008.jpg[/img] 5 "We always have urged people: Don't take LSD unless you are very well prepared, unless you are specifically prepared to go out of your mind. Don't take it unless you have someone that's very experienced with you to guide you through it. And don't take it unless you are ready to have your perspective on yourself and your life radically changed, because you're gonna be a different person, and you should be ready to face this possibility." ---- Leary, CBC Documentary: How To Go Out of Your Mind: The LSD Crisis (1966) Features soundtrack music of The Moody Blues with thier tribute song "Timothy Leary".

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