Wolfe takes a walk on the wild side with Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters and writes about the 1960s hippie culture.Wolfe takes a walk on the wild side with Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters and writes about the 1960s hippie culture.Read Less
New. 031242759X New. No dust jacket as issued. Brand New! Support Radical Pacific Northwest Booksellers! Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 416 p. Audience: General/trade. Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is a work of literary journalism by Tom Wolfe, published in 1968. Using techniques from the genre of hysterical realism and pioneering new journalism, the novel tells the story of Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters. book follows the Pranksters across the country driving in a psychedelic painted school bus dubbed "Furthur, " reaching what they considered to be personal and collective revelations through the use of LSD and other psychedelic drugs. novel also describes the Acid Tests, early performances by Grateful Dead, and Kesey's exile to Mexico.
Certainly it seems a bit dated with the levels of media stimuli we are now confronted but taken into account of the time, Wolf nails the trend setters.
Jan 14, 2010
This book captures the spirit of those on an adventure in time and space. I highly recommend it. How do you know where you are going without knowing where you've been? It is amazing how history is truly on a loop - sometimes almost an identical loop.
Oct 14, 2007
UNDERSTANDING THE 60'S
This is the quintessential account of how it all began - the "drugs, sex, rock" scene that plagues us still.
I purchassed this particular volume for another, but I have a copy and have given away several more - and I never fail to recommend it at the least opportunity.
Wolf's style will take some readers a while to get used to, but the effort is worth it.
Wolf makes no judgments, he merely accurately describes; that's plenty enough.
This is a very serious funny book by one of the best writers of our times. For any reader of taste or sense, not being familiar with the works of Tom Wolf is an egregious act of self-denial.
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