For months, the mayor of Richmond, California has been searching the city for a very unusual house. The building, if it’s still standing, isn’t exceptional — it’s just a one bed, one bath with a one-car garage. But the mayor thinks the house may have actually helped birth the Bay Area hippie movement of the late 1960s. Only problem is, he can’t find it.
This is the first of a series of three pieces in Cat Schuknecht’s search for Owsley’s lab.
Episode 2: Owsley, can you hear me now?
Episode 3: Baby, you can drive my carCREDITS:
REPORTER: Cat Schuknecht
MUSIC: “White Rabbit” and “Mexico” - Jefferson Airplane, “Magical Mystery Tour” by The Beatles, "Alice D. Millionaire" - The Grateful Dead, “Kid Charlemagne” - Steely Dan, "Champion" - Kanye West
ADDITIONAL AUDIO: “LSD” - 1966 Capitol Documentary Vinyl
PHOTO CAPTION & CREDIT: When he wasn’t cooking acid in his Richmond lab, Owsley Stanley worked as a soundman for the Grateful Dead. He recorded their live shows and famously set up a giant on-stage sound system called the “wall of sound.” Photo by Richard Pechner (rpechner.com)