Lou Hirshman

“The Trip” – 1967

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In 1967, a year branded by the media as the Summer of Love when the psychedelic drug LSD – or acid – became the rage for youth to “turn on, tune in and drop out,” Hirshman made the surrealistic “The Trip.” The images on the hot desert seemed psychedelically inspired – an upper-torsoed baby on the stilt-like legs of a hairpin; a trail under a horseshoe of baby bugs headed by a parent bug with an “Eat at Joe’s” sign on its back; a hard-to-recognize statue head trashed upon the sand.

But Hirshman almost certainly never “dropped acid.” Instead, Hirshman – quietly and with no fanfare – did as he had for years. He “expanded” his mind by immersing himself in Eastern philosophies.

The real source of “The Trip” was most likely a movie of the same name that had premiered in 1967 with an LSD “dropping acid” plot, written by actor Jack Nicholson, that caused a media uproar.

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