Albion Dreaming: A Popular History of LSD in Britain

Front Cover
Marshall Cavendish, 2008 - History - 265 pages
4 Reviews

Contrary to popular belief, LSD is much more connected to Britain than it is to the USA. This engaging book looks at the use of LSD in British society, from its arrival in 1952 to the present day. It provides a hidden history of a controversial drug and how it permeated British culture.

The author explores LSD's use by the medical profession in treating a variety of psychological and mental problems. At the same time, The Ministry of Defence believed they were on the brink of harnessing LSD as a battlefield incapacitation drug which would enable wars to be won without loss of life. But LSD's popularity rose with its use among the British counterculture, from the 1950s beatniks through to the late 80s acid house parties. At its height, when it was legal, LSD affected the lives and philosophies of significant individuals (politicians, scientists, writers, educators, entertainers, artists, journalists) as well as ordinary people for good and bad. This book is the first to explore LSD's amazing influence on British culture and society.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: Albion Dreaming: A Popular History Of LSD In Britain

User Review  - SP Harrison - Goodreads

This was one of the books I read alongside the writing of my book "I'm a 60 Year Old Woman: How Did That Happen?" Albion Dreaming is an historical account of the rise of LSD consumption in Britain ... Read full review

Review: Albion Dreaming: A Popular History Of LSD In Britain

User Review  - Andy Bryant - Goodreads

Albion Dreaming is the British answer to Jay Stevens' Storming Heaven - the definitive account (for me, anyway) of phsychedelica across the Atlantic. The story of LSD in popular culture is primarily ... Read full review


Turn on Tune in Drop out
The Cure of Souls?
A Cure for the Common Cold?

11 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

Andy Roberts is a feature writer for the [i]Fortean Times[/i] magazine. He is the author of 13 books and is a consultant to the BBC. He lives in Flintshire, North Wales.

Bibliographic information