Jay Stevens

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Jay Karl Stevens is a poet, historian, and journalist with a special interest in states of consciousness. He is the author of Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream,[1] and co-author of Drumming at the Edge of Magic with Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart and ethnomusicologist Fredric Lieberman.[2] He is the founder of Applied Orphics, a revolutionary DIY for the marketing and distribution of digital media, and of Rap Lab, a program bringing at-risk teenagers and professional musicians and poets together.[3][4]


  • Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream (Grove Press 1998) ISBN 0-8021-3587-0
  • Drumming at the Edge of Magic (with Mickey Hart & Fredric Lieberman) (1990 Harper San Francisco) ISBN 1-888358-18-1
  • Planet Drum: A Celebration of Percussion and Rhythm (with Mickey Hart & Fredric Lieberman) (1998 Harper San Francisco) ISBN 1-888358-20-3


  • Dance House by Jay Stevens and Derek Young (2012) [1]
  • Orphic Revival by Jay Karl Stevens and The Raven (2013) [2]


  1. ^ Strassman, Rick J. (March 1989). "Acid Dreams: The CIA, LSD, and the Sixties Rebellion; Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream". The American Journal of Psychiatry. American Psychiatric Association. 146 (3): 395–396. 
  2. ^ Dunham, Elisabeth (November 14, 1990). "Drummer goes back to his roots". Lawrence Journal-World. Associated Press. pp. 1–2. 
  3. ^ Rap Music Used in Court Diversion Program by Jane Lindholm and Matt Bushlow for Vermont Public Radio
  4. ^ Video about Rap Lab and audio clip in Vermont Life


  • The Sixties edited by Peter Stine, Jay Stevens contributor. Wayne State University Press (January 1, 1996) ISBN 0814325580, ISBN 978-0814325582
  • Acid Christ: Ken Kesey, LSD, and the Politics of Ecstasy by Mark Christensen. Schaffner Press (November 1, 2011) ISBN 1936182270, ISBN 978-1936182275
  • Sex, Death, and God in L.A. edited by David Reid. University of California Press (1992) (Reissued 2013 by Random House)
  • Drunk the Night Before: An Anatomy of Intoxication by Marty Roth. University of Minnesota Press (2005)
  • The Sex Revolts: Gender, Rebellion, and Rock 'n' Roll by Simon Reynolds. Harvard University Press (1996)
  • San Francisco: A Cultural and Literary History by Mick Sinclair. Interlink Books (2004)
  • Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD : the CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond by Martin A. Lee and Bruce Shlain. Grove Press (1992)

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