Welcome to the Owsley Stanley Foundation, dedicated to preserving and sharing the experience of the psychedelic era through Bear’s Sonic Journals.

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The Owsley Stanley Foundation was created by Owsley's immediate family on August 25, 2011 as a California non-profit corporation dedicated to fostering diverse charitable, artistic, musical, and scientific endeavors for the public benefit.  We were granted official 501c3 non-profit status by the IRS in December 2012.

The founding Board of the Owsley Stanley Foundation is comprised of his widow, Sheilah; a son, Starfinder; a daughter, Redbird; renowned California artist and colleague Al Farrow; and renowned audio equipment colleagues John & Helen Meyer, founders of Meyer Sound Laboratories.

The Foundation’s primary purpose is to arrange for the preservation and eventual production and public distribution of Owsley Stanley’s “Sonic Journals,” a unique (and rapidly deteriorating) archive of more than 1,300 live concert soundboard recordings from the 1960s and 1970s, including rare recordings of performances by such prominent artists as Miles Davis, Johnny Cash, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Santana, Taj Mahal, Fleetwood Mac, The Allman Brothers, Steve Miller, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Thelonious Monk, Dr. John,  Dan Hicks, Chuck Berry, Country Joe and the Fish, Janis Joplin, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Electric Flag, Blue Cheer, The Youngbloods, David Grisman, Old and in the Way, and others.

The family has dedicated their rights to the production value of the recordings to the Foundation; all profits returned from the development of the recordings will go to the Foundation to further its continuing charitable purpose of perpetuating Owsley's legacy.


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