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If you're not familiar with Kesey, this review might not be for you. Go read up a little or talk to an old hippy friend. If you are and find that era interesting, take a peek.
In some ways, this movie mirrors Electric Koolaid Acid Test. There's a little before the trip. A little about the Acid Tests after, and a nice short post script about his life afterward in Oregon. It's not just about the bus trip, but that is the central focus of the movie. It's a documentary, but not in the sense that anyone familiar with the story will learn much new, rather, it's a long awaited peek into the actual event, told through the original footage and recordings taken on the trip along with some short recreations and narratives.
Most of the world has heard the story, many have read it, but most of this footage has rarely been seen. It puts a face on the characters, fills in some blanks not covered by the book, (while leaving much out) and is a truly nice, humble homage to one of the true psychedelic pioneers.
How many people toured the country on LSD, met with greats like Alpert, Leary, Ginsberg, while Dean Moriarty (actually Neal Cassidy in real life) is driving a LSD and drug fueled bus filled with proto-hippies across the US to see the Worlds Fair in NYC in 1964?
Only one man could have pulled it off, because only one did.Read more ›
The most common criticism of the book, which apparently is fairly accurate, is that most of the book is written from the point of view of one Prankster: Sandy Lehmann-Haupt, who was a little crazy, and who had an ongoing disagreement with Kesey during the bus trip and after. But there are also other, non-Prankster, voices in the book. One of my favorite parts came from an interview with a woman who later became a journalist, if I rightly recall. She was at an acid test an accidentally took too heavy a dose. Luckily she bumped into a male friend of hers, and the two of them held onto each other to weather the psychedelic storm they were standing in the middle of. They pulled each other through, and the experience left an indelible impression on both of them. They became instant friends for life.
Kesey and Oswley and others resented Wolfe's mischaracterizations, whether they were inadvertent or not. Wolfe just didn't get it. He had no concept of what these states of consciousness were like and he never found out. I think he lived his whole life without even trying marijuana, which is fine. But he didn't have a clue to what he was actually writing about.Read more ›
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My boyfriend and family are all deadheads. After a recent dead and company concert, I fell in love with bob weir and decided to study him a bit. that is what lead me to this movie. Read morePublished 2 months ago by erika989
A great opportunity to see the footage from the original acid tests and the trip Kesey took on further.Published 2 months ago by Gabriel J. Hernandez
5 stars if you are interested in the subject matter.Especially good if you read Tom Wolfes "The Electric Koolaid Acid Test". Long Live Ken Kesey!Published 3 months ago by Marc Bernicker
Well if you're a hippie I say five stars! Good place to start if you want to see how the whole long hair, freaky deakey thing started.Published 3 months ago by Bill
A fun overview of the Merry Pranksters amazing bus trip across the country in 1964. Nice historical footage and recordings. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Unhinged17