The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

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Macmillan, Aug 19, 2008 - History - 416 pages

One of the most essential works on the 1960s counterculture, Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Test ushered in an era of New Journalism.

This 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 the "Transcontinental Bus Tour" from the West Coast to New York, all 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.

"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, LSD, and the psychedelic 1960s.

 

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Contents

Black Shiny FBI Shoes
1
The Bladder Totem
16
The Electric Suit
24
What Do You Think of My Buddha?
32
The RuskyDusky Neon Dust
55
The Bus
67
Unauthorized Acid
87
Tootling the Multitudes
99
The Frozen Jug Band
214
Departures
227
Cosmos Tasmanian Deviltry
229
The Trips Festival
249
The Electric KoolAid Acid Test
266
The Fugitive
286
Diablo
305
The Red Tide
310

The Crypt Trip
104
Dream Wars
108
The Unspoken Thing
124
The Bust
149
The Hells Angels
167
A Miracle in Seven Days
182
Cloud
198
The Mexican Bust
325
Secret Agent Number One
331
The Cops and Robbers Game
346
The Graduation
371
Epilogue
413
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Tom Wolfe (1930-2018) was one of the founders of the New Journalism movement and the author of such contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, and Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, as well as the novels The Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full, and I Am Charlotte Simmons. As a reporter, he wrote articles for The Washington Post, the New York Herald Tribune, Esquire, and New York magazine, and is credited with coining the term, "The Me Decade."

Among his many honors, Tom was awarded the National Book Award, the John Dos Passos Award, the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence, the National Humanities Medal, and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his B.A. at Washington and Lee University, graduating cum laude, and a Ph.D. in American studies at Yale. He lived in New York City.

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