Counter-culture

Timothy Leary’s Hitchcock Estate

 

The Hitchcock Estate in Millbrook, New York is a historic mansion and surrounding grounds. The 64-room Bavarian baroque mansion was built in the early 20th century by German-born gas magnate Charles F. Dieterich and eventually sold to the Hitchcock family in 1963. The siblings Billy Hitchcock and Peggy Hitchcock who have both tried LSD would open the doors of their estate to Timothy Leary and the Psychedelic Movement.

In September of 1963, Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert and Ralph Metzner (their colleague at Harvard) moved into the Hitchcock Estate, along with thirty or so of their followers. There Leary established what he called the League for Spiritual Discovery.

Timothy Leary

1967. © Getty Images

 

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During Leary’s residence at the mansion (1963–1968) the culture and ambiance there evolved from scholarly research into psychedelics to a more party-oriented atmosphere, exacerbated by an increasing stream of visitors and guests included R. D. Laing, Allen Ginsberg and Charles Mingus. Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters visited in their bus Further.

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The mansion was the target of drug raids. In April 1966, a squad of police investigators headed by G. Gordon Lilly, later to achieve notoriety and a criminal conviction in the Watergate affair, arrested Leary and three other people at mansion for possession of marijuana. Leary and his group were evicted in 1968; Leary moved to California.

The Writings On The Wall

Roger Perry’s The Writing on the Wall was last published in 1976. The book featuring black & white images documenting London’s political and counter-culture graffiti scene or the 1970s.

To mark the 40th anniversary, the book is now being re-released. The republication was funded through Kickstarter.

An exhibition of photos from “The Writing On The Wall” will be showing at The Horse Hospital, 11th July – 1st August.

Notting Hill Gate, c.1974

Basing Street, Notting Hill, London, c.1974

Elgin Avenue, Maida Vale, London, c.1974

Hammersmith and City Line (between Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park), c.1974

Richmond roundabout, c.1974

Near Portobello Road, Notting Hill Gate, London, c.1974

King Henry’s Road, Chalk Farm, London, c.1974

Flats near Arsenal football ground, Highbury, c.1974

All photo courtesy @ Roger Gerry/Guzelian