The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Book - 2008
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One of the most essential works on the 1960s counterculture, Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Test is the seminal work on the hippie culture, a report on what it was like to follow along with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters as they launched out on the "Transcontinental Bus Tour" from the West Coast to New York, all the while introducing acid (then legal) to hundreds of like-minded folks, staging impromptu jam sessions, dodging the Feds, and meeting some of the most revolutionary figures of the day.
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2008
Edition: 1st Picador ed
ISBN: 9780312427597
031242759X
Characteristics: 416 p. ; 21 cm

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Chapel_Hill_KenMc Nov 19, 2014

A freewheeling, adrenalin- (and other substances) fueled joyride into the 60s hippie/acid culture. Wolfe was there, right in the mix with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, and comes back with an often hilarious and always entertaining account of his observations.

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pattyskypants
Jan 05, 2012

"In ordinary perception, the senses send an overwhelming flood of information o the brain, which the brain then filters down to a trickle it can manage for the purpose of survival in a highly competitive world. Man has become so rational, so utilitarian, that the trickle becomes most pale and thin. It is efficient, for mere survival, but it screens out the most wondrous part of man's potential experience without his even knowing it. We're shut off from our own world."

daymakerdave Feb 19, 2011

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mburke26 Jul 06, 2009

An excellent read as a follow up to Jack Kerouac's "On the Road". The two encompass similar time frames and characters.

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