Shall we go, you and I? "Wake Up to Find Out" wants you to share your psychedelic Grateful Dead story with the world

The music of the Grateful Dead combined with a psychedelic experience created some of the most magical moments ever experienced. Deadheads traveled coast to coast, living no particular way, but our own.


If psychedelics and Grateful Dead were integral in the joyous and expansive way you live, please tell me everything in 700-1200 words, and submit your story to this collaborative collection before you escape through the lily fields.

"They weren't playing what was on the music sheets, they were playing what was in the air." - Ken Kesey

I will contact you to sign a release before this “Wake Up To Find Out” collection is published. It is my intention to give everyone submitting a story used in the final draft of the book a free copy of the published book.

Without love in the dream it'll never come true.


1. Tell a powerful story illuminating your connection to psychedelics and Grateful Dead. Your story should be told from your perspective. The story also needs to be a true story. It needs to convey the same energy and vibration as a song, or a show, or a moment on the Golden Road.

2. Tell your story in a way that will make the reader laugh, say “Wow!”, fantasize their own perfect Tour, sing along to the band beyond description, and know there is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.

3. The story should start “in the action” and draw in the reader. Do not start your story with an introduction about what you are going to say, or end with a concluding paragraph about what you just said. Type it in the box below or copy and paste and enter.

4. Speak from the heart. Many people tell personal stories for the first time when they are writing it down, and they find it to be a cathartic and a productive experience. Recall the unbridled passion you felt when you decided to ditch work or school for Tour. THAT’S the feeling!

5. A story written in the first person is powerful.

An example can be seen in my Thank You Plant Medicine interview on this site. This example has a mix of setting up the feel of the story, conversation, internal dialogue, etc. And is told in the moment the story is happening.

6. Keep your story between 700-1200 words.


What a “Wake Up to Find Out“ story is not:

1. A story written about someone else’s experience.

2. A term paper, thesis, letter or journal entry.

3. About politics or controversial issues.

4. A biography.

5. A journalistic article about a third party that reads like a newspaper article.


A few more tips about submitting:

1. After your story’s rough draft is finished, go back through and refine it.

2. Have 2-3 Deadheads read your story and give you feedback.