Despite the fact that there has been an inadequate level of support to sustain the archiving project through completion, everyone involved is committed to finishing the job as we believe it is important. So going forward, a couple of necessary changes are occurring so that we can achieve our shared goal of digitizing the work of Alexander and Ann Shulgin.
First, the Shulgin Archive is ceasing to exist as an independent organization. This applies only to the conceptual organization and does not refer to the physical Shulgin Archive that will someday house the actual artifacts after screening, cataloguing and indexing. That might sound sad but it is necessary to enable the successful completion of digitizing the archive so it should rightly be regarded as a really positive change.
And there is an even more exciting change.
Completion of the digital version has become a project of our good friends, the Erowids. Anyone wanting to support this project is encouraged to support Erowid and say thanks to them for their interest and their help with the Shulgin Archives.
Fri Oct 14 – 7:15 PM: Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th St., S.F. Sat Oct 15 – 9:30 PM: Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Tues Oct 18 – 7:15 PM: Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th St., S.F.
Friday Oct 14 screening followed by an Opening Night Party at CellSpace (2050 Bryant at 18th). Featuring Siamese Stereo, Placentaur, and DJ Violent Vickie. $6 or Free admission with your Dirty Pictures ticket stub. The party is 21up.
About the Film: From a lab in his California home, using himself and wife Ann as test subjects, Dr. Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin is on a quest: to unlock the complexities of the human mind…with psychedelic drugs. Targeted by some and revered by many, this genius “rogue chemist” has synthesized and researched over 200 compounds, including his most famous: MDMA. Great scenes, from cutting-edge neuroscience facilities to Burning Man, add to Sasha’s considerable star power, illustrating the many sides of our great drug debate.
Last Saturday, June 18, friends and fans of Shulgin research turned up in surprising numbers to the UC Berkeley campus bookstore for a signing of The Shulgin Index, Vol. I.
University of California neurobiologist David Presti introduced the authors, Sasha Shulgin, Tania Manning, and Paul Daley. After a reading from the book and a brief Q&A session, the authors greeted guests and personalized copies of their latest work.
The audience was peppered with notable researchers amongst the supporters. Chilean psychologist Claudio Naranjo, a pioneer in the use of MDMA and other psychedelics in therapeutic work (and longtime friend of the Shulgins), was introduced. He was received with warm applause.
Transform Press reported a record number of one-day sales at the event. Proceeds from books purchased will directly support further Shulgin research and publications.