The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

by Tom Wolfe
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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

"An American classic" (Newsweek) that defined a generation. “An astonishing book” (The New York Times Book Review) and an unflinching portrait of Ken Kesey, his Merry Pranksters, and the 1960s.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374147044
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 11/01/1987
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 1.11(w) x 1.11(h) x 1.11(d)

About the Author

Tom Wolfe is the author of a dozen books, among them such contemporary classics as The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Right Stuff, and I Am Charlotte Simmons. He lives in New York City.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Date of Birth:

March 2, 1931

Place of Birth:

Richmond, Virginia

Education:

B.A. (cum laude), Washington and Lee University, 1951; Ph.D. in American Studies, Yale University, 1957

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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
CameronWeber More than 1 year ago
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is a first-person dissertation of Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters. After Kesey wrote One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, he discovered the mystical experience of taking LSD (acid). In 1967, He and his Pranksters wanted to share this wonder with the rest of the world, so they bought a 1939 International Harvester school bus, painted it with day-glo, and they were off, traveling the country soaring on acid, speed, and grass. Tom Wolfe rode along on this journey, although he passed on the narcotics in order to bring his readers an accurate representation of their trip. His writing style is like nothing I have ever seen. He sometimes breaks into poems or uses large numbers of colons in succession. His thought process is all over the place and, at times, difficult to comprehend. Overall, I thought this was a GREAT book because it tells about how acid was introduced into mainstream America, and it shows an outsider's perspective of countless trips, highs, hallucinations, and lows. Anybody who has seen and liked The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour would enjoy reading this book. They have similar themes, and The Beatles actually were inspired to make that movie because of the Merry Pranksters' adventure. I would rate The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test at 9.961 out of 10.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! this is most definately my favorite Tom Wolfe book, and probably my favorite book ever! the merry pranksters remind me of a greatful dead-esque typical 60's hippie group. even people born after the time of 'the hippies' (they're still everywhere in Berkeley!) can appreciate the descriptive and unique style of writing posessed by Tom Wolfe.This book gives intellectual qualities to a people thought to be the most unintelligent of their time. Trippy.
fattrucker More than 1 year ago
Once in a great while there is a sociological convergence, a synergy, that leaves it's mark on the world. It often takes an outsider to recognize it, tie it all together and objectively capture it for posterity. Read Hunter Thompson's "Hell's Angels", Kerouacs "On the Road" and Wolfe's "Electric Koolaid Acid Test", and you have a front row seat to the end of the fifties and the early sixties, the end of the beat generation and the beginning of the hippy culture, psychedelic drugs, the Hell's Angels, Nixon, Tim Leary, Kerouac, Neil Cassiday, Allen Ginzberg, the Gratefull Dead, acid rock, and especially the late great Ken Kesey, with "acid test" being the most objective account of the three. It was a magic, almost mythical time. We will never be that free again. EKAT is the best of Wolfe's sociological explorations, largely due to it's larger than life subject matter.
americangirlDLM More than 1 year ago
Was it a good idea for intellectuals, social advocates, musicians and young trendoids to go "further" with LSD and other psychedelic drugs? No matter your opinion, if you are interested in the subject, Tom Wolfe's creative journalistic account will not leave you feeling misinformed. The bliss and the paranoia, the spiritual revelations and the mental breakdowns, Wolfe includes it all; you will understand the powerful pull of "the bus" and also those who feared it. Reading about the charismatic persona and edgy social experiments of Ken Kesey, you will feel as if you have not only encountered his character, you have gone into and through it and come out the other side. For atmosphere, you've got to listen to some psychedelic jamming. The Grateful Dead were the house band for Kesey's Merry Pranksters, but there were others. Wolfe pays tribute in style and voice to Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," which in its time was the touchstone for young intellectuals beginning the journey "further" from middle class comforts, into experiments with drugs and contemplation of new social and sexual mores. Charlie Parker was the master "house musician" for Kerouac's "mad ones".
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been interested in the counter culture of the sixties since my early teens. I read this one about 3 years ago and finished it in 2 days. It's very funny and a real page turner. Kesey and Babbs were quintessential figures of their generation and this is a must read for any 60's lover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a very well researched and organized piece of literature. extremely accessable and interesting. provides a front row seat to the excesses and travelings of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. a remarkable book, highly HIGHLY recomended... amazing style of storytelling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As soon as I came across this book while searching for books about the betnik population, this book struck my eyes first. Not only was it a great and entertaining read, but also gave a lot of information about Ken Kesey and his revolution. I had no idea that Ken Kesey was such a prominant figure in the whole era of the hippies, but after reading this book I now see all that Kesey did to promote the betnik population. The book begins with Kesey leavnig jail, on account for arrests dealing with drug charges. I new Kesey as the authro of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's nest, and the book describes his rise to fame from that book. It then goes on to tell of the early beginning of LSD, which was developed by Timothy Leary. Kesey starts a group, which gains many followers that gain the name The Merry Pranksters. They go on a crazy bus trip all across the United States, live aimlessly in La Honda, meet with the Hell's Angles, get arrested numerous times, and finally begin partying with the Warlocks, who are later to be known as the Greatful Dead. The book sis a time capsule through the sixties, from the time acid was first tested, until finally when Kesey escapes to Mexico. Not only does Tom wolfe vividly describe the adventure, but also along the way describes the scene of the whole American population and how the people of the United States were affected by they new wave of hippies and betnik's during the sixties.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In EKAT, Tom Wolfe, with his superb, flowing dialogue, gives humanity to a group long since thought to have no minds at all. The Merry Pranksters, led by Ken Kesey (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Sometimes A Great Notion), gave rise to a whole new generation of 60's culture, influenced by LSD, love and freedom. Wolfe, although not present for most of the events of the book, beautifully words the breakthroughs and heartbreaks that severely forward thinking can bring. Swirly and surreal, the Merry Pranksters are immortalized by Wolfe with a respect and understanding that few people can bring to the table. Knowing that the Grateful Dead, the Who and even the Beatles took ideas and examples from the Pranksters' lives, one would think by now the whole world would know them, but alas, there are only a sad few. If you want to know about the Magical Mystery Tour, The Magic Bus or Truckin'...read this first, it's a MUST!
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I was intrigued to read a description of the birth of the hippie movement but i found Ken Kesey unlikable; both dogmatic and bigoted. He had a singular vision of how to be enlightened and if you challeged him you found youself off the bus. Also he was paranoid enough to fake an inept suicide ruse and run off to mexico to avoid a marijuana charge. The saving grace was reading about Mountain Girl.
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An interesting read, especially for those intrigued by the psychedelic movement. The first half of the book is a bit more fast-paced and thus causes the second half to drag a bit. Flaws and all, this is a great documentation of a sub-culture and generation.
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Walks in and sits down wishin te older drake would talk to me
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Still holds up...always will
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