Julio Mario Santo Domingo was a collector and visionary fascinated by altered states-drugs, sex, magic, and rock and roll. He filled a Swiss warehouse with a secret library of rare first-edition books, manuscripts, photographs, posters, bottles, letters, and other ephemera relating to these colorful subjects, including the world's largest collection of opium pipes. Through his passions-and family fortune-Santo Domingo traveled in circles with the likes of the Rolling Stones and other cultural icons. Such connections and relationships afforded him access to mementos from some of the world's most intriguing personalities-from Sigmund Freud to Andy Warhol, from Allen Ginsberg to Keith Richards, and from Jack Kerouac to Lenny Kravitz. This beautifully designed book uses highlights of the collection to explore the ways artists, writers, and musicians have used mind-enhancing drugs as a tool to expand their own creativity, to investigate the outer limits of inner space, and to reproduce the experiences of altered states through art and literature.
A visually stunning and endlessly surprising celebration, The LSD Library brings an unprecedented insight into the influence of drugs in America and abroad. It is the perfect gift for students and fans of sex, drugs, and rock and roll-and the fascinating world that created this iconic culture.