London Month of the Dead - Present, Present and Future, October 2017, A series on death curated by Antique Beat and A Curious Invitation supporting Brompton and Kensal Green cemeteries

Joey Mellen and Andy Roberts in conversation with Mark Pilkington
Sunday 29th April 2018 from 1:00 pm

London has been a crucible for recreational LSD use and manufacture since the late 1950s. In the heady years before 1966 when LSD was outlawed, groups of intrepid psychonauts and acid adventurers slowly set the scene for the psychedelic explosion of 1967 and beyond. It’s a long, strange trip featuring musicians,  LSD chemists, occultists, spiritual seekers, and people who just wanted to see how high they could get. Andy Roberts and Joe Mellen, in conversation, talk about what’s been hid and what’s been did.

Please note this event has been postponed and will no longer take place on the 29th April. All of the Saturday and Sunday evening London Esoteric events will go ahead as usual.

Joseph 'Joey' Mellen
Joey Mellen was born in September 1939. He was educated at Eton and Oxford but in 1963 he dropped out of square life to become a beatnik. His first psychedelic journey was in 1964 with mescalin and his first acid trip was in 1965. In 1970 while he decided to attempt a more profound way to permanently alter his consciousness: auto-trepanation, the act of drilling a hole into your skull.

He is the author of Bore Hole, his memoir about his attempts at self-trepanation and maker of the 1970  film Heartbeat in the Brain about his then partner Amanda Fielding’s own self-trepanation. 

Andy Roberts
Andy Roberts is an historian of Britain’s LSD psychedelic culture and author of Acid Drops: Adventures in Psychedelia, as well as Albion Dreaming: A Social History of LSD in Britain. He first fell down the rabbit hole in 1972 and has been exploring the labyrinth of passages ever since. His views on the psychedelic experience are: 'You take a psychedelic and you get high. What happens after that is largely the result of dosage, set and setting’

The Venue - Bromptoon Cemetery