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RIP Owsley Stanley




Charles Perry displays a rug given to him by the late Owsley Stanley.
Charles Perry displays a rug given to him by the late Owsley Stanley.
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Owsley Stanley died Sunday in Australia. He designed the Grateful Dead's logo, was their sound man, and was the inspiration for their "dancing bear" logo. He was Steely Dan's "Kid Charlemagne," with artistic license, because he was the main LSD manufacturer in the drug's early days in San Francisco ("every A-Frame had your number on the wall...").

And he was friend and roommate to Charles Perry, longtime LA Times food writer, who took his first acid trip courtesy Stanley. Perry told us about Stanley in 2008. Listen here and CLICK THROUGH for his remembrance of Stanley for LA Observed.