Altered States

The Library of Julio Santo Domingo


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Peter Watts


Julio Mario Santo Domingo (1957-2009) was a collector and visionary who filled his homes and warehouses with the world’s greatest private collection related to the subjects of drugs, sex, magic, and rock and roll. A library of more than 100,000 items, it contained everything from rare manuscripts and photos to posters, bottles, letters, opium pipes, and pinball machines. Exploring the innumerable influences of mind-enhancing drugs on art, science, and politics over the centuries, Santo Domingo’s collection contained work by diverse figures including Andy Warhol, Timothy Leary, Sigmund Freud, the Marquis de Sade, Charles Baudelaire, Allen Ginsberg, the Rolling Stones, Aleister Crowley, and many more. This extraordinary collection is vividly documented in Altered States: The Library of Julio Santo Domingo.

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Weight 3420 g
Dimensions 25.1 x 33.4 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 12 August 2020
Number of pages 480
Format Hardback
Dimensions 25.1 x 33.4 cm
Weight 3420 g


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Julio Mario Santo Domingo was born in Rio on October 20, 1957, the eldest son of Julio Santo Domingo, a Colombian businessman, and his Brazilian wife, Edyala Braga. Julio was raised in Colombia, moved to Brazil, then New York and finally Paris before he was nine. He studied law, then moved to New York to obtain a degree in comparative literature at Columbia University, the home of the Beats, whom he came to idolize. It was in New York that he met Vera Rechulski. They married in 1983.

Peter Watts has been a journalist since he was 17. He has written for The Sunday Times, The Times, The Guardian, Observer, New Statesman, Daily Telegraph, Uncut, Time Out and many more. His first book was Up in Smoke: The Failed Dreams of Battersea Power Station, published by Paradise Road.