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NICHOLAS SCHOU is a full-time staff writer for OC Weekly. His writing has also appeared in numerous weeklies over the past decade, including LA Weekly, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Washington City Paper, the Sacramento News & Review, and the Village Voice. Schou is the author of Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack Cocaine Epidemic Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb.


"Nicholas Schou manages -- amazingly -- to penetrate four decades of silence....The result is a mind-blowing scrap of found history, like something buried deep in the earth -- and you cannot avert your eyes....With Orange Sunshine, Schou has crafted a definitive history of the dark side of the 1960s." --Los Angeles Times "'Orange Sunshine, ' is as close to an 'authorized' story as there's likely to be. Much of it reads more like fiction than history....the Brotherhood's story reads like some mystical adventure tale from a long-gone era. But for a peek at those heady times, 'Orange Sunshine' is one worthy flashback." --San Francisco Chronicle "Journalist Nicholas Schou did yeoman's work digging into the story of the band of hippies that became a huge LSD cartel in the 1970s. He interviewed many former members, some of them not that happy to be found, earning their trust over some four years." --San Diego Union-Tribune "Schou interviewed remaining Brotherhood members (who, unlike acid-gobbling pop musicians, seem to have largely retained their memories), gleaning impressive amounts of detail for his discussions of the ins and outs of the era's drug trade and the moving of vast quantities of marijuana and hashish along with the LSD. Loaded with little-known historical mots, this is an excellent chronicle of a piece of history unlikely to be repeated." --Booklist "A fascinating read for any audience and essential history for anyone interested in the roots of psychedelia." --Kirkus Reviews "His book is a roller-coaster ride through many of the Brotherhood's biggest smuggling adventures, and also provides hilarious details into daily life in Dodge City. Most important, Schou finally dispels the myth Tim Leary was the leader of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love." --High Times (Four cannabis review) "Colorful ... the mixture of lively freakery and stoned pomposity gives [Schou's] portrait of countercultural excess an authentic period feel." --Publishers Weekly "OC Weekly reporter Nicholas Schou spent four years uncovering the brotherhood's surreal, largely unknown story, pulling together written accounts of its history and run-ins with the law and persuading brotherhood members to be interviewed decades after its demise....Read Schou's well-researched and compelling book to decide for yourself about the brotherhood's true legacy." --Orange Coast magazine "His reporting is diligent, and his story comes mostly from the mouths of participants speaking for the first time on the record after decades of hiding deep underground. That story deserves to be told." --Reason "Orange Sunshine reads so much like classic Thomas Pynchon--with its mind-bending and hilarious tale of a secret society of mystic surfers who bomb Southern California with LSD--that the reader has to wonder: Is 'Nick Schou' a pseudonym?" --Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz, Planet of Slums, and In Praise of Barbarians "Nick Schou has uncovered a bizarre, wild ride of a story that seems straight out of Easy Rider or Zabriskie Point--except it really happened. Orange Sunshine serves as a valuable time capsule from the American counterculture. It's also one hell of a fun read." --Rob Kirkpatrick, author of 1969: The Year Everything Changed

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