Billy Wells had a cockney upbringing, a Grammar school education, and rebellious tendencies.
Setting off naively, at 21, to travel the world in 1965, Bily went searching for adventure and the realm of the Beat traveller. The journey back and forth to India, takes him five years. He finds, firstly monetary wealth, then cultural empathy and then spiritual awakening. Recklessness, impatience, romance, and a passion for drugs, takes him to places few have been to and from where fewer have returned. From Bombay opium dens to a monastery in Sri Lanka, many paths are trod.
He eventually returns to the underground world of his fellow travellers, and along with some great characters met along the road, he attempts to smuggle hashish in a beat up VW van, bought in Kabul, with the intention of selling it to American Vietnam Vets in Munich. He gets back home with enough money to make it to the first Isle of Wight music festival.
A grass roots tale of the Sixties.
Also by this author ‘Racing in the Street’ The Cafe Racer years ’60-’63