The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test from Taschen publishing is a-first-hand account of famed writer Ken Kesey and his band Merry Prankster’s antics and ethos, by Tom Wolfe, wunderkind of the New Journalism movement. In 1964, they set off across America on a “Transcontinental Bus Tour,” headed for the New York World’s Fair, drinking (still perfectly legal) LSD-laced orange juice along the way. This journey lies at the heart of this book, celebrating American literature as well as the hippie movement. This book explores both the esoteric experience of hallucinogens and fundamental societal shifts of 1960s America.
This Collector’s Edition is published in traditional letterpress, with facsimile reproductions of Wolfe’s manuscript pages, as well as Ken Kesey’s jailhouse journals, handbills, and underground magazines of the period. Included are photographic essays from Lawrence Schiller, whose coverage of the acid scene for Life magazine helped inspire Wolfe to write his story, and Ted Streshinsky, who accompanied Wolfe while reporting for the New York Herald Tribune.
Marking the year of original publication, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is limited to 1,968 signed copies, including:
- Collector’s Edition of 1,768 numbered copies, each signed by Tom Wolfe, featuring:
- Silk-screened hardcover with an embossed paper case Tom Wolfe, Lawrence Schiller, Ted Streshinsky Hardcover in a slipcase, letterpress-printed text, two different paper stocks, and tip-ins
- 356 pages