It’s been another slow week of intake at the Terence McKenna Archives. Only one item came through this week. Check out our crowdfund if you’d like to see more weekly acquisitions coming in.
Jim de Rogatis’ book Turn on Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock contains a quote by and a paragraph mentioning Terence Mckenna.
“The power of sound is almost an archetypal conceit of all theories of magic anywhere in the world. For us, magic means stagecraft and illusion, but for many people, it simply means another way of doing business with reality. Rave culture, to some degree, can be seen as a nostalgia for archaic and so-called primitive lifestyles….Music has to be percussive to address human physiology. I mean, you wouldn’t want to listen to too much Schoenberg on acid.” -Terence McKenna
“Another hugely influential English act was the Shamen, who shifted gears in 1989 from post-punk psychedelic rock to more dance-oriented sounds while breaching the mainstream with the acid house hit, “Move Any Mountain.” In 1993, the group started a trend by recording Boss Drum with Terence McKenna, the American ethnobotanist who no less an authority than Timothy Leary called “the Timothy Leary of the ’90s.” The author of poetic pro-psychedelic tracts such as True Hallucinations, The Archaic Revival, and Food of the Gods, McKenna was the closest thing rave culture had to a guru. Although ravers failed to adopt all of his theories, he showed a keen understanding of the rock ‘n’ roll mindset with his central tenet that going to the grave without having a psychedelic experience is long going to the grave without ever having sex. Samples of such pronouncements delivered in McKenna’s lovably nasal voice would soon show up on tracks by Psychic TV, Coil, Youth, and the Orb, among other techno artists. One of the most lucid and enlightened authorities on the subject of drugs in the ’90s, he sadly died from brain cancer in April 2000.” -Jim de Rogatis
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For the first time in many weeks, there have been no new additions to the Terence McKenna Archives! As such, I thought it might be appropriate to introduce something that I mentioned in a few past blog posts, something that can help ensure that the acquisition process can continue apace and so that we continue to have newly acquired material to share with you each week. You may recall that in the past weeks, I found out about, inquired about, received, and scanned a set of photographs by Chip Simons that he took of Terence at his house in Occidental in the early 90s. Well, I’m pleased to say that I can now offer prints of that photoshoot with all funds going to support the acquisition, preservation, storage, and sharing of Terence McKenna’s legacy. Here’s a low-res example of a collage print with 16 of the 17 photos from the shoot…
I currently have a shop open at Etsy (with individual and collage prints, magnets, buttons, and a couple posters). The scans are very high quality 600dpi reproductions. This is a way that you can both receive a great product (the prints look great framed on the wall!) and contribute to an important effort. And, in fact, in the long-run, it is not only the photo product that you will get, but as the acquisition process continues and more archival material comes in, that newly acquired material will also continue to be shared. So, you are really helping to fund more Terence McKenna material coming your way in the future. In fact, there are plans underway to host the TM Archives and Transcription Project at the official Terence McKenna website owned by his estate as a permanent online location to where people will be able to access an array of his work and related material.
There is actually a much larger crowdfunding campaign for the Terence McKenna Archives coming down the pipeline in the coming months with other tantalizing incentives, but this initial effort with these photos will serve as prelude to that larger campaign. Once that later crowdfund launches, the Etsy shop will probably come down. Here’s a provocative teaser of a page from one of the documents that I’m creating for that larger campaign (from ‘A Companion Guide to Terence McKenna’):