August 14, 2011 |
Novelist Ken Kesey, who penned "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," and his compatriots the Merry Band of Pranksters didn't have a clue how to operate a 16-millimeter movie camera or a Nagra audio recorder. But that didn't stop them from trying to make a movie out of their fabled 1964 LSD-fueled cross-country road trip from La Honda, Calif., to the New York World's Fair, which Tom Wolfe famously wrote about in his book "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. " Kesey, his Pranksters and Beat Generation figure Neal Cassady captured some 40 hours of filmed footage and sound recording during their venture on a fluorescent-painted school bus they called "Further.
August 12, 2011 |
The documentary "Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place" seems intended as a pleasant nostalgia tour that cycles through some of the hoariest conventional wisdom about the 1960s. Directed by Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood, the film is constructed in part from recently restored color film footage and out-of-synch audio initially created during a 1964 cross-country bus trip undertaken by author Ken Kesey, flush from the success of his "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," as he made his way from California to New York around the time of the publication of his second novel "Sometimes a Great Notion.
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March 15, 2011 |
Nearly everyone familiar with the history of the 1960s has heard of Timothy Leary and Ken Kesey , the pranksters who spread the gospel of psychedelics to the countercultural generation. But far fewer remember Owsley Stanley. Stanley, who died Saturday at age 76, was arguably as pivotal as Leary and Kesey for altering minds in the turbulent '60s. Among a legion of youthful seekers, his name was synonymous with the ultimate high as a copious producer of what Rolling Stone once called "the best LSD in the world ?
March 30, 2008 |
Before Ken Kesey wrote "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" or stocked a psychedelic school bus with LSD and the Merry Pranksters to look for America, he was a wrestler. He might never have written "Cuckoo's Nest," the 1962 novel that launched him to literary stardom, if he hadn't dislocated his shoulder wrestling for the University of Oregon. The injury kept him out of the military draft, allowing him to go to Wallace Stegner's writing seminar at Stanford University, where his job at the local veterans hospital gave him the setting for "Cuckoo's Nest" and the prototype for mean Nurse Ratched.
January 1, 2007 |
Dreams of getting author Ken Kesey's original psychedelic bus back on the road again have hit a pothole. The Kesey family is looking for a new sponsor to finance restoration work and a TV documentary after breaking things off with Hollywood restaurant owner David Houston, who had hoped to raise $100,000 to restore the bus made famous in Tom Wolfe's 1968 book, "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test."
January 17, 2006 |
Zane Kesey picks at clumps of moss and swirls of brightly colored paint and patches of rust covering the school bus that his father, the late author Ken Kesey, rode cross-country with a refrigerator stocked with LSD-laced drinks in pursuit of a new art form. "This comes off pretty easy," Kesey says, a smile playing over his face. "It's amazing, some of the things that are coming out -- things I remember." He continues tidying the keepsake. "It's going to take a lot of bubble gum," he says.