Another feelnumb.com post about stickers on instruments….This time it’s Ryan Adams who played this Gibson Acoustic with sticker with letters spelling out OWSLEY.
We have not found the reason for the sticker so I can only assume that it is for Owsley Stanley (born Augustus Owsley Stanley III, January 19, 1935) also known as “The Bear”, who was an underground LSD cook, the first to produce large quantities of pure LSD. Stanley was also an accomplished sound engineer, and the longtime sound man and financier for The Grateful Dead.
His total production is estimated at around half a kilogram of LSD, or roughly 5 million 100-microgram “hits” of normal potency, although accounts vary widely. Availability of Stanley’s high-quality LSD in the San Francisco area in the mid-1960s was crucial for the emergence of the hippie movement during the “Summer of Love” in the Haight-Ashbury area, which one historian of that movement has described as “one big LSD party.”