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Jesse Jarnow is the author of Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock (2012) and Wasn't That a Time: The Weavers, the Blacklist, and the Battle for American Pop (2018). His writing on music, technology, and culture has appeared in the New York Times, Pitchfork,, Rolling Stone, Dupree's Diamond News, and elsewhere. He is a contributing editor at Relix, and hosts the weekly Frow Show on independent Jersey City radio city station WFMU. He tweets via @bourgwick and @HeadsNews and lives in Brooklyn.


"[Jarnow] is our generation's foremost Grateful Dead chronicler, and something of a cultural ambassador to the punks and indie kids who might not otherwise pay the band any mind."--Spin

"A brilliant study of the transformative impact of LSD on a half-century of US art, music, movies, spirituality, and technology."--Uncut, "Book of the Year," December 2016
"Engaging and deeply researched... Generously illustrated with archival photos and artifacts."
--Ugly Things
"If you are a fan of books dealing with the history of salt, timber, or something more exotic like sex, you will delight in Heads, a book about psychedelics.... [A] well-documented spiraling history of how these drugs transformed our present culture."--Bookcase TV
"Music, history, and psychopharmacology blend together in Heads.... Jarnow describes in colorful and scrupulously researched detail how psychedelic music fused with actual psychedelics to create a ceaselessly regenerating 'hip economy' that persists to this day.... It's a head trip and then some."--Rolling Stone, "10 Best Music Books of 2016"
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