Who Was Alan Watts?

Alan Watts (1915-1973) was a philosopher, writer, and speaker.  He wrote over twenty books and numerous articles on subjects such as personal identity, the true nature of reality, and the pursuit of happiness, relating his experience to scientific knowledge and to the teachings of Eastern and Western religions and philosophies.  He also gave many lectures, seminars, and radio talks which are now on audio tape, and a number of TV and film talks which are now on videotape.

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In addition, a number of books have been published since his death that contain transcripts of recorded lectures and/or articles not included in the above.  They include:

Sources of Recordings:

Recordings of Alan Watts can be ordered from several sources.  Two outlets that specialize in them are:

Alan Watts Electronic University
P.O. Box 2309
San Anselmo, CA USA 94979
1-415-459-7670 (fax)
1-800-96-WATTS (toll free)
e-mail:  watts@alanwatts.com
World Wide Web:  http://www.alanwatts.com

Alan Watts Recordings
c/o Mastering Enlightenments Arts
P.O. Box 303
Olema, CA USA 94950
1-866-492-8446 (toll-free number for placing orders)
e-mail:  henry@alanwattsrecordings.com
World Wide Web:  http://www.alanwattsrecordings.com

Additional recordings may also be gotten from:

Hartley Film Foundation, Inc.
49 Richmondville Avenue -- Suite 204
Westport, CT USA 06880
1-203-227-6938 (fax)
1-800-937-1819 (toll free)
e-mail:  CustomerService@HartleyVideos.org
World Wide Web:  http://www.hartleyvideos.org

Mystic Fire
P.O. Box 422
New York, NY USA 10012-0008
1-212-941-0999 (general office)
1-212-941-1443 (fax)
1-800-292-9001 (toll free number for consumer orders)
1-800-999-1319 (toll free number for wholesale orders)
e-mail:  mysticfire@echonyc.com
World Wide Web:  http://www.mysticfire.com

Pacifica Radio Archive
3729 Cahuenga Boulevard West
North Hollywood, CA USA 91604
1-800-735-0230 (toll free)
e-mail:  ppspacific@pacifica.org
World Wide Web:

Special Interest Book and Video
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Sebastopol, CA USA 95473
1-707-829-9542 (fax)
1-800-9-TANTRA (toll free)
e-mail:  e-sensuals@tantra.com
World Wide Web:  http://www.tantra.com

Wellspring Media
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New York, NY 10012
1-212-425-1790 (fax)
1-800-538-5856 (toll free)
e-mail:  mail@wellmedia.com
World Wide Web:

In addition, Alan Watts made at least two record albums:

In 1995, "Om:  The Sound of Hinduism" was re-released on compact disc by Infinite Zero/American Recordings, however it appears to be unavailable at this time.

Radio Broadcasts:

Radio broadcasts featuring recordings of Alan Watts can be heard in the following U.S. cities:

City Station Phone
Alamosa KRZA (719) 589-9057
Athens (GA) WUOG (706) 542-7100
Austin KAZI (512) 836-9544
Boston WZBC (617) 552-3511
Boulder KGNU (303) 449-4885
Crested Butte KBUT (303) 349-5225
Detroit WDTR (313) 596-3507
Duluth KUMD (218) 726-7181
Honolulu KIFO (808) 955-8821
Johnson City (TN) WETS (615) 929-6440
Los Angeles / Santa Barbara KPFK (818) 985-2711
New York City WFMU (201) 678-8264
Olympia KAOS (206) 866-6000
Pittsburgh WDUQ (412) 396-6030
Plainfield (VT) WGDR (802) 454-7762
Plattsburgh (NY) WCFE (518) 563-9770
San Francisco Bay Area KKUP (408) 253-6000
San Luis Obispo KCBX (805) 544-5229
Scranton WVSR (717) 941-7648
St. Louis KDHX (314) 664-3955
Tampa WMNF (813) 238-8001
Telluride KOTO (303) 728-3334
Trenton WTSR (609) 771-2554
Tucson KXCI (602) 623-1000

Watts on the Web:

On Thursday nights the tapes are played during the "Something's Happening" show, which airs Monday-Thursday from Midnight to 5:30 a.m.  To subscribe to the Something's Happening Program Guide, which is sent out every weekend with program information for the coming week, go to the Something's Happening Website and follow the instructions to sign up.


The entire text (but not the photographs) of the 1970 revised edition of "The Joyous Cosmology..." (in which Watts added several pages to the Prologue of the original 1962 edition) is at:


In addition, two articles by Watts:

are at:


Another article by Watts:

    A Psychedelic Experience - Fact or Fantasy?
    (from "LSD, The Consciousness-Expanding Drug," David Solomon, Editor, 1964)

is at:


And an excerpt from "In My Own Way..." is at:







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