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Gábor Szabó 
Gábor István Szabó (1936 – 1982) was a Hungarian American guitarist whose style incorporated jazz, pop, rock and Gypsy music. After attending the Berklee College of Music, Szabó became a member of a quintet that was led by Chico Hamilton and included Charles Lloyd, playing what has been described as chamber jazz. Szabó was influenced by the rock music of the 1960s, particularly the use of feedback. The song “Gypsy Queen” from Szabó’s debut solo album Spellbinder became a hit for rock guitarist Carlos Santana. During the late 1960s, Szabó started the label Skye Records with Gary McFarland and Cal Tjader. He continued being drawn to more popular music in the 1970s and regularly performed in California, combining elements of Gypsy and Indian music with jazz, returning regularly to Hungary to perform. It was there that he died just short of his 46th birthday. (Wikipedia)
Skye Records, 1968

Yoko Ono
85-year-old Yoko is always radical. Then there is that voice of hers, as Japanese as it is haunting. Yoko is always courageous, an artist who acted things out when nobody knew what a performance was, who conceives herself and everything she does as a total work of art, with a consequence only few can afford, let alone live. When Yoko Ono married John Lennon, it was fine by me. In Toronto, she spent a week in bed with my favorite Beatle at Rochedale College, where I also happened to live. With Klaus Voormann and the Plastic Ono Band, at the famous Rock & Roll Revival, she performed the entire act screaming in a bag. I thought it was groovy. The rest is history. Here we are dealing with a fabulous late work. Bravo! (sgs)
Sony Music, Juli 2018

Wanderer – Stay
Cat Power
Charlyn Marie “Chan” Marshall (1972), better known by her stage name Cat Power, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, occasional actress and model. Cat Power was originally the name of Marshall’s first band, but has become her stage name as a solo artist. Wanderer is her tenth studio album. She says: «The course my life has taken in this journey – going from town to town, with my guitar, telling my tale; with reverence to the people who did this generations before me, folk singers, blues singers, and everything in between. They were all wanderers, and I am lucky to be among them». Marshall broke with cycles of substance abuse and stage fright in 2012 and has reinvented herself many times.
Domino Records, October 2018

La Fenice (trailer + other pieces)
Keith Jarrett
This double album, long anticipated, presents Keith Jarrett’s concert at the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, from July 2006. La Fenice (the phoenix) finds him channeling the flow of inspiration into a suite of eight spontaneously created pieces referencing everything from the blues to atonality. From the first flurry of notes, it is a consistently captivating journey. Between Part
VI and Part VII, Jarrett surprisingly but very touchingly segues into «The Sun Whose Rays», from Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera The Mikado. Encores are the traditional tune «My Wild Irish Rose», previously recorded by Jarrett on The
Melody At Night With You, the timeless standard Stella By Starlight. The concert ends with a tender version of Keith’s tune «Blossom».
ECM, October 2018

The Gypsy Fairy Queen
Marianne Faithfull
Since her latest record, Negative Capability, featuring Nick Cage, will only be released on November 2nd, here is the lead single. Faithfull has promised that her twenty-first album, the most honest to date, will have a «folky» feel. «Marianne has long been unsurpassed when it comes to reinterpreting other people’s songs, gifted in making them her own as she digs into the words to grip the composition’s heart, then provides her own unique spin by injecting every syllable with clearly enunciated but a gut level emotional response. Even if she wasn’t yet aware of it, this process started with As Tears Go By as she plugged into its character looking back at her life. The album emphasises her unique place as a force of nature in the beating heart of modern music». (Total Entertainment)
Panta Rei, September & November 2018

goodnews editorial

Everyone has probably wondered what happiness and joy are made of. Likewise, what brings us to affirm life, sometimes against all odds. Fortunately, we have our daily little pleasures, our achievements and successes to push us forward. Our families, friends and loved ones may support us, but there is also a compelling inner force, our life instinct, that keeps us going. Furthermore, we live from our memories of the beautiful and sublime and of the all good times we had. As a rule, they distinguish themselves more than the not so good things that have happened to us. Thus we have reason to be grateful because all these factors contribute to our happiness and satisfaction. The weather is also a decisive element, whether we feel good or bad and promotes our joie de vivre. (We are experiencing a golden autumn this year, at least in the part of Europe where our goodnews are at home.) Ultimately, however, our attitude counts the most. So let us remain positive!

Confidently Yours
Susanne G. Seiler

Sonnet 73

That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou see’st the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west;
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou see’st the glowing of such fire,
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the deathbed whereon it must expire,
Consumed with that which it was nourished by.
This thou perceiv’st, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well which thou must leave ere long.

William Shakespeare

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The Psychedelic Renaissance, Second Edition: Reassessing the Role of Psychedelic Drugs in 21st Century Psychiatry and Society

Ben Sessa
Psychiatrist Dr. Ben Sessa makes a persuasive case for the reevaluation of psychedelics—LSD, MDMA DMT, psilocybin, ayahuasca, peyote, ibogaine, and more—as he explores their clinical potential for treating a range of conditions from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression to autism and cluster headaches. Based on a thorough review of the evidence, Sessa corrects some common misconceptions about psychedelics and makes a clarion call for their responsible therapeutic use, with appropriate set and setting, in psychotherapy, psychiatry, and personal growth. «Sessa enthusiastically progresses his account of the potential of psychedelic drugs into spirituality and creativity, bringing his unique clinical background to consider concepts too often neglected in psychiatric illness». (The Lancet )
Muswell Hill Press, March 2018

Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Tim Mohr
It began with a handful of East Berlin teens who heard the Sex Pistols on a British military radio broadcast to troops in West Berlin, and it ended with the collapse of the East German dictatorship. Punk rock was a life-changing discovery. The buzz-saw guitars, the messed-up clothing and hair, the rejection of society and the DIY approach to building a new one: in their gray surroundings, where everyone’s future was preordained by some communist apparatchik, punk represented a revolutionary philosophy—quite literally, as it turned out. This secret history of East German punk rock is not just about the music; it is a story of extraordinary bravery in the face of one of the most oppressive regimes in history.
Algonquin Books, September 2018

So Far So Good

Poetry by Ursula Le Guin
Legendary author Ursula K. Le Guin was lauded by millions for her groundbreaking science fiction novels, but she began as a poet, and wrote across genres for her entire career. In this clarifying and sublime collection―completed shortly before her death in 2018―Le Guin is unflinching in the face of mortality, and full of wonder for the mysteries beyond. Redolent of the lush natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, with rich sounds playfully echoing myth and nursery rhyme, So Far So Good bookends a long, daring, and prolific career.
Copper Canyon Press, October 2018

Psychedelic Medicine – The Healing Powers of LSD, MDMA, Psilocybin & Ayahuasca

Dr. Richard Louis Miller 
The author and his contributors cover the history of early psychedelic research as well as offering summaries of the most recent studies with MDMA, psilocybin, LSD, and ayahuasca. They explore the biochemistry of consciousness and the use of psychedelics for self-discovery and healing as well as the use of psilocybin for releasing fear in the terminally ill and the potential for MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in the treatment of PTSD. They examine Dr. Charles Grob’s research on the indigenous use and therapeutic properties of ayahuasca and Dr. Gabor Mate’s attempt to transport this plant medicine to a clinical setting with the help of Canada’s Department of National Health. They also cover the shifting political climate and the push for new research. A milestone!
Simon and Shuster, November 2018

Acid for the Children

A Memoir by Flea
Michael Peter Balzary was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1962 and, as a child, moved with his conservative family to Westchester, New York, where life as he knew it was soon turned upside down. His parents split up and he and his sister moved into the home of his mother’s free-wheeling, jazz musician boyfriend, Walt. When Michael’s family moved to Los Angeles in 1972, his home situation was rockier than ever. At Fairfax High School, he met another social outcast, Anthony Kiedis…
Grand Central, November 2018

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Tactical Tech
A Berlin-based non-profit organisation working at the intersection of technology, human rights and civil liberties providing training, conducting research and creating cultural interventions that contribute to the wider socio-political debate around digital security, privacy and the ethics of data.

Newsletter Frontiers in Psychedelic Science
Published by Milan Scheidegger, Resident physician at the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics of the University of Zurich and member of the Swiss Society for Psycholitic Therapy (SAPT) and the MIND European Foundation for Psychedelic Science – to subscribe, click on the link.

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eco | Brand eins, current issue
Recycling reloaded

Six Psychonauts
psychoactive | Podcast, 16 June 2018
At the Virtual & Augmented Reality Conference in Toronto

Cosmic puzzle
science | National Geographics, 5 October 20118
Axion dark matter

science | British Psychological Society, 8 October 2018
Not all in the head

science | Independent, 10 October 2018
Extraterrestrial intelligence?

Animal welfare
nature | Guardian, 11 October 2018
Multinationals unite forces

Portable medication
life | Empa News, 11 October 2018
Healing textiles

science | Greenmed Info, 15 October 2018
Far-reaching epigenetic memories

psychoactive | BBC, 17 October 2018
Influential LSD

R.I.P. Ian Kiernan
eco | NYT, 17 October 2018
A debt of gratitude

Flying on air
science | Nature, 17 October 2018
Propulsive dandelions

psychoactive | Forbes, 17 October 2018
Marihuana legalised by dems in 2019?

science | Psysorg, 17 October 2018
Large scale hydrogen production

A matter of genes
science | New Scientist, 18 October 2018
Genetic changes during pregnancy

life | Collective Evolution, 18 October 2018
Real Magic (goodnews April 2018) endorsed

science | Quanta Magazine, 18 October 2018
Incoherent theory of multiple realities

From the inside
nature | IFL Science, 18 October 2018
Amazing animal X-rays

Bending backwards
culture | Reality Sandwich, 18 October 2018
Yoga in Egypt

A woman’s work
eco | Mongabay, 19 October 2018
Conservationists use exorcism

Art Bank
eco | Eco Hustler, 23 October 2018
Rubbish recycling

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The Mind Foundation
Promotes the development of psychedelic science in order to facilitate human development, health and well-being through high quality research, evidence based interventions, policies and participative practices.


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