Robert Anton Wilson, was born January 18, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York. Amongst other things he is a satirical author, conspiricist, Libertarian, guerilla ontologist, futurist and stand up comedian.
A former associate editor of Playboy magazine from 1966-1971, he is best known for his many books including underground classic The Illuminatus! Trilogy (1975), co-written with Robert Shea, and winner of the 1986 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award.
His recent "social activist passion" is legalizing medical marijuana of which he is a patient. Although in poor health, suffering from post-polio syndrome, he remains active and has a new site up called The Official Lamp Site. LAMP stands for League of Armed Marijuana Patients.
Media Underground is running links to a series of audio interviews with Robert Anton Wilson. During the recordings he talks about his childhood roots, influences, literary works and ideas.
RINF has the R.A.W: Robert Anton Wilson, FNORD & Discrodian Portal which is an extensive collection of links to media files, texts and all things R.A.W.
Maybe Logic is a feature-length documentary about the universe of Robert Anton Wilson featuring video of Bob spanning over 25 years & interludes w/ RU Sirius, Paul Krassner, Tom Robbins, Rev. Ivan Stang & Douglas Rushkoff. The soundtrack includes music from Boards of Canada, Animals On Wheels, Tarentel, Funki Porcini, The Supplicants, Pullman, Matt Elliott, The Cinematic Orchestra, Ognen Spiroski and Amon Tobin.
Future Hi has audio downloads titled "Robert Anton Wilson – Consciousness, Drugs, Yoga And More". The site also has mp3 files of Albert Hoffmann, Houston Smith, Joseph Campbell, Marilyn Ferguson, Mark Pesce, Terence McKenna, music from LVX23 and Paul Hughes.
The 23 Enigma
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The Golden Horde founding member and guitarist Des O’Byrne scored the music for Wilson’s "Wilhelm Reich in Hell" play, which debuted in 1986 at the Edmund Burke Hall in Trinity College, Dublin. The Golden Horde disbanded in 1994.
There’s also Secrets of Power (9.3mb) 1986. A record of RAW’s stand-up comedy act recorded at Chelsea Town Hall, London on 24th Jan 1986. Some techno tracks, interviews and stuff from Timothy Leary plus rare recordings of the beast himself, Aleister Crowley. The links page has a good selection of websites and resources.
Issues and further exploration