A founding member of the rock group Blondie, he wrote some of the band's early hits. Before moving to London in 1996 and becoming a full time writer, Gary Lachman is the author of many books on the counterculture as Gary Valentine, New York Rocker: My Life in the Blank Generation with Blondie, Iggy Pop and Others 1974-1981, a memoir of his years as a musician in New York in the 1970s.
Turn Off Your Mind depicts the late-Sixties subcultural
craze for the occult with graphic precision. --Jonathan Meades in
The New Statesman
A parish priest I know, like a good shepherd, ever vigilant for his flock, recommended Turn Off Your Mind to me, to gain a better understanding of the depths of cultural and moral crisis affecting our society.
--Francis Slobodnik, The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property
There is much in Lachman's book to entertain and inform those who wished they had lived through the Sixties and those who did but can't remember. --Chris Hirst in The Independent's paperback of the week
This revisionist anthology of the dark magic of the Sixties is a night-blooming bouquet of the subversive ideas and practices beneath the superficial innocence of an ambiguous decade. --Ian Finlayson in The Times