The Electic Kool-Aid Acid Test

Discussion in 'Beat and Hippie Books' started by charbono, May 23, 2004.

  1. charbono

    charbono Member

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    What do you think of this book?
     
  2. Chodpa

    Chodpa -=Chop_Chop=-

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    Such a great read. This and Monkeywrench Gang are my two favorite hippie thrillers.
     
  3. We_All_Shine_On

    We_All_Shine_On Senior Member

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    my friend bought it for 5 cents out of the basement of a church
     
  4. superNova

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    my fave book of all time. i want a hardback copy with the same trippy cover that the one i checked out from the library so long ago had..
     
  5. Fractual_

    Fractual_ cosmos factory

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    was a very interesting book to say the least.
     
  6. hello

    hello ~*resonance*~

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    one of the most influential books i've read.
    it is seriously part of who i am.

    what else can i say...
    everything about it is right on. :)
     
  7. gnrm23

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    remember, the pranksters felt that "the ice-cream suit man" presented a skewed picture of what really went down...
    check out these sites:
    www.key-z.com
    www.interpidtrips.com
    www.wavygravy.net
    www.thebear.org
    www.dead.net


    ~
    "the bus came by
    and i got on
    that's where it all began
    there was cowboy neal
    at the wheel
    of the bus to never-ever land"

    (from "(that's it for) the other one"/the grateful dead)
     
  8. staples420

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    So, what does everyone think about it? I am absolutely in love with it. Definately one of my all time favorites. I think there is really some amazing stuff in there, alot of which I found to be really inspiring.
    Kesey was amazing!

    But, hey just my thoughts.. I'd love to hear from everyone else!
     
  9. charbono

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    so perfectly describes what cannot be described.
     
  10. tiki_god7

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    I read the electric kool aid acid test a couple of years ago and loved it, its a great book about the 60's just recently I read what a long strange trip the second half of the book is kinda dull but the first half I think describes the electric kool aid acid tests a lot better. To me it seems as though the acid test was written from an outside observer writing what he saw where as a long strange trip was written from somebody who experienced the magic of the time. To me it has a lot better feel for what was really going on
     
  11. ladyvanilla

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    I very much enjoyed this book. I actually wrote a historical paper last quarter using this book as a neo-journalistic source, and my teacher gave me an A on it. It was actually the second time I had read it, and Tom Wolfe really is an excellent writer. He has a way of making you feel like you were there. Good stuff.
     
  12. DrDooblittle

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    good stuff!!!! i read the book, and i definitely loved it. not to mention my grandfather was at a few of the acid tests, and even became acquaintences with Stanley Augustus Owsley III !!!!!!
     
  13. MeAgain

    MeAgain Dazed & Confused Lifetime Supporter Super Moderator

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    My God DrDo,

    Your grandfather!

    I feel old.
     
  14. paintedjames

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    thanks for the tip bout the sequal, i had no idea...
     
  15. lildeadheadash

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    Read it and it was awesome book. My friend's dad was born during the Acid Tests, but has met the famous Oswley before. I love him because he was the creator of the SYF :)
     
  16. keowyn

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    Don't forget the prequel... sorta.


    I read Jack Keroac's On The Road before reading Acid Test. One of the main characters follows thru from one book to the next. It is amazing. But I can't remember his name, lol. Crap, I'm trying to describe the character and I realise it has been way to long since I read the books. Guess i should read 'em again.
     
  17. staples420

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    Neal Cassady? He was Dean Moriarty in 'On the Road'... Yea I read that before the acid test also. I don't think I would call it a "prequel" to the book, but it was rather interesting to follow Cassady's character from his days with Kerouac to those with the Pranksters.
     
  18. keowyn

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    yeah, thats what I was talking about, lol


    Its been maybe 3 years since I read 'em and well, I read alot, and, um, sometimes suffer from memory loss, lol
     
  19. staples420

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    lol


    Hey, I understand.. I'll be doing good if I even remember reading them 3 years from now, haha!
     
  20. UnspokenThings

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    i thought the book was good but towards the end i found it went on and on and got a bit boring. the info and vibe of the thing was good though. maybe i think at the time i thought it was like an imitation of "on the road". i think i only liked it coz it was about hippies and stuff.
     

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