Medical doctor studying Jean-Paul Sartre, ground-breaking researcher, rebel psychiatrist, leftist intellectual: even when considering his status as a media celebrity and an encounter with counter culture in the late sixties, Glaswegian-born Ronald D. Laing, M.D., D.P.M., hardly matches the profile of a recording artist. Until Top 10 hit writer and psychotherapist Alan Blaikley took an interest in Laing’s philosophy and Tony Stratton-Smith suggested a deal with Charisma, the label with the Mad Hatter logo and home of mad hatters like The Liverpool Scene or The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. Labelling accepted views on normality, hierarchy and interpersonal experiences as violent and repressive, dr. Laing’s insights and real-life experiments were instrumental in the search for alternatives in education, personal care, sexuality and family life developed in the late sixties and early seventies.
LIFE BEFORE DEATH
READ THE ARTICLE as published by UK magazine Shindig! (issue 46, www.shindig-magazine.com)