The American Family Guide To Drug Abuse
Original release: Educational Resources Inc, ERI 211-04 (4LP box set)
Released by Educational Design Inc, 1971
Producer: no credit
Booklet: no credit
Participants: dozens of shrinks, professors and cops
Comments: Ambitious and respectworthy attempt to grasp the whole chaotic youth drug scene as it looked in good old 1971. All manners of street drugs are examined by learned men, while a myriad of anonymous heads describe their experiences and the pros and cons. An appealing documentary feel evolves out of these brief testimonies, which are similar to those found on Capitol's "LSD" album; some users sounding brain-dead and wasted, others delivering no-nonsense summaries of the crass reality of dope-land.
Specifically for LSD and hallucinogens there is about 15 minutes worth of material, the "anti" spokesmen being reasonably honest and straightforward, while the acidhead interviews from streets and crashpads are very entertaining, be it scary bummer stories or starry-eyed Learyisms. One unknown guy delivers one of the best summaries of lysergics I have heard in a few succinct sentences. The 4 LP box set is worth tracking down for these 15 minutes alone, which also provides a smorgasbord for those looking for trip-related samples.
According to the front cover the box came with a booklet but it was missing from my copy. The back cover is blank.
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