Timothy Leary bibliography

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The following is a list of works by Timothy Leary. The majority of Leary's works were put into the public domain by his estate in 2009. [1] [2]



Dr. Leary introduces and explains his famous psychedelic mantra "turn on, tune in, drop out". Supposedly the first installment of a regular column, but apparently this was the only one.

Academic journals

"The studies on which this paper is based have been sponsored by Permanente Foundation Hospital, Oakland, California, under the codirection of Hubert S. Coffey, Ph.D, and Harvey Powelson, M.D. The current expanded research project is in part supported by the U.S. Public Health Service under the direction of Saxton T. Pope, Jr, M.D. The authors are grateful to Dr. Jean Walker Macfarlane for her editorial contributions to this article." (p. 143). [3]
"The studies on which this paper is based have been sponsored by Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Oakland, California, under the direction of Harvey Powelson, M.D., and were supported in part by Research Grant MH-331 from the National Institute of Mental Health, Public Health Service, under the direction of Hubert S. Coffey, Ph.D., and Saxton T. Pope, Jr., M.D." (p. 129). [4]



The original 1967 version was privately published. It is not to be confused with a compilation of Leary's writings compiled, edited, and published posthumously under the same title.
The first eleven chapters were re-published as Politics of Ecstasy in 1990 and the final eleven chapters as Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out in 1999. [5]
His only novel, revised and reprinted in 1987 by New Falcon Publications in Tempe, Arizona.
Republished as Info-Psychology in 1987 by Falcon Press Publications in Tempe, Arizona.
Edited by Daniel Gilbertson and George A. Koopman, designed and illustrated by Cynthia Marsh.
Republished in 1996 by New Falcon Publications in Tempe, Arizona.
Revision of Exo-Psychology: A Manual on The Use of the Nervous System According to the Instructions of the Manufacturers. Los Angeles: Starseed/Peace Press (1977). ISBN   1561841056.
Limited-edition publication includes the 1960 letter.
"Collector's Note: The original edition of The Politics of Ecstasy has been divided into two books. This abbreviated edition carries the original title of Politics of Ecstasy and contains chapters 1 to 11 of the original. The remaining material appears in a companion book entitled Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out containing Chapters 12 to 22 of the original text." [5]
The original edition of The Politics of Ecstasy was divided into two books by Ronin Publishing. The first abbreviated edition carried the original title of Politics of Ecstasy and contained chapters 1 to 11 of the original. The remaining material appeared in this companion book entitled Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out, and contained Chapters 12 to 22 of the original text. [5]

Book contributions

Other publications


Journal issues as editor

Issue edited with Hubert Coffey and Mervin Freedman. Published by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. [6]

Non-print creative works


Reissued on CD in 2003.
Ostensibly a "user manual" for a self-guided LSD "trip". While the album did poorly in general release, it has become one of the rarest "memorabilia" items from Leary's work. One track, "All The Girls Are Yours" has been performed repeatedly by others, and was re-recorded in 2004.
"Beyond Life with Timothy Leary celebrates the life, death and after-life of Timothy Leary. The spiritual quality of this album, both musically and lyrically, characterizes it as a conceptual album, one that must be experienced from start to finish, in the tradition of a Pink Floyd album. Its ethereal quality makes this album a unique collection of dance-trance masterpieces intermixed with the best of Timothy Leary. The album features the Moody Blues' new version of their classic "Legend of a Mind," a new cut by Al Jourgensen (Ministry), and a tribute from Allen Ginsberg." [7]
Recorded and released on cassette in 1992, and later released on CD in 2001.
Recorded in 1985.

Also appears on

A CD that celebrated the invention of LSD. Recorded in Los Angeles by Genesis P-Orridge and Doug Rushkoff on March 14, 1993. Written by Dr. Timothy Leary for the special publication Lysergic Times, edited by Michael Horowitz to commemorate 50 years of LSD, and launched on April 16, 1993 in San Francisco, USA.
  • Guest vocalist on "Gila Copter", the opening track of the Revolting Cocks' album Linger Ficken' Good... and Other Barnyard Oddities (1993)
  • Ancient Lights and the Blackcore, with Scorn, Seefeel, Yanomami Shamans from the Amazon, and DJ Cheb I. Sabbah (1995)
  • Krautrock. Various [Polygram] (1997)
  • Sub Rosa Underwood, Vol. 3: A Sampler. Various (1998)
  • Intermenstral. Various (2001)


Multimedia performances

Computer games

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