LSD & PULP
What would paisley, tie-dye, Nehru jackets, body painting, psychedelic posters, light shows, and seeing god have been if not for the magic tabs which would throw you down the rabbit hole? They probably would all have seemed a lot less cosmic and more mundane. After all, didn't the scare tactic reports of chromosome damage, insanity, and suicide keep the youth, and some not so youthful, from trying the love drug?
It's time to take a look at how the sleaze merchants peddled their wares with the sensational stories of LSD use running amok causing insanity and horniness.
As evidence of the hip aspect linked to LSD use at the time that the magazine Puff #3 came out in 1969, one of the girlie layouts inside was titled, "Portrait of a Hip Tripper." Puff looked like a Press Arts/Sari knock-off but it didn't list a publisher. The model in the photos in "Portrait of a Hip Tripper" didn't look like a hippie nor did the room she was in look like a hippie pad, it was probably a house in the San Fernando Valley. The model was wearing only nylons and heels in most of the pics, hardly hippie attire. The text that accompanied the layout was of more retro interest though, and is copied verbatim below, typos and grammer left intact. And it is interesting to note that the "Lucy Johnston" in the text below was probably a jab at Lucy Baines Johnson daughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Sort of LBJ on LSD.
"Portrait of a Hip Tripper" read as follows:
"In our typically timely fashion, allow us to present to you a dedicated LSD user. Despite an extremely sheltered childhood, Lucy Johnston managed to successfully cast tradition to the wind in order to rationally decide that induced hallucinations are not really a thing of the devil. Conversely, Lucy is certain that it is the devil who is the hallucination.
"And then she met our wife.
"But leave us not depart from the element of Lucy which separates her from the mainstream of American models. Lucy sides with renowned LSD spokesman Timothy 'King' Leary in claiming that the drug has unjustly become a whipping boy for the forces of blind conformity. Naturally, our mod with the groovy bod disclaims the charge that LSD is apt to transport the consumer to the psychotics land of no return. Frankly, if LSD land is populated by many more like Lucy, only someone of General MacArthur's ilk would want to return.
"But Lucy moderately calls herself a kind of sojourner in the outer limits of the widely publicized chemically-concocted never-never land. In other words, the LSD 'trips' she takes can be roughly analogized to the vacation upon we less adventurous organism rely to periodically break the stranglehold of our humdrum lives. A major difference, judging from Lucy's attire in these candid shots, is that the LSD tripper travels light.
"If you end to look askance at what you may call Lucy's excessive habit, you might do well to remember the words of one who founded what has been called the greatest mass hallucination in the history of man: 'Judge not lest ye be judged yourself!' As for us, we liberally grant Lucy the freedom to choose a hallucinatory world over the real one, even though the latter's loss is definitely the former's gain."
"Lucy Johnston" from Puff #3 1969