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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