On The Bus
The complete guide to the legendary trip of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters
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Thunder's Mouth Press
BACK COVER #The fabled 1964 cross-country bus trip of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters--on a psychedelically painted school bus crammed with amplifiers, cameras, costumes, and assorted contraband as cargo and Beat legend Neal Cassady at the wheel--marked the irreversible end of the "Eisenhower Era," and set an American cultural revolution in motion.
On the Bus is a celebration of the unforgettable exploits of the Merry Pranksters, on the 25th anniversary of their "Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" adventures immortalized in Tom Wolfe's bestselling book. In this engrossing popular history, the spirit of the era is captured in a remarkable living chronicle, combining analysis and history with colorful additional narrative by Kesey sidekick Ken Babbs. It features over 100 never-before-seen photos by Prankster photographer Ron Bevirt, Allen Ginsberg, and others, alongside candid and insightful interviews with participants and leading countercultural figures.
BLURBS #"The Bus is perhaps the artifact of the entire psychedelic era, the very embodiment of the trip."
-- Tom Wolfe
"It was a whole new world. 'Do it now' was the motto, anything not naked was wrong . . . There were no rules, fear was unknown, and sleep was out of the question."
-- Hunter S. Thompson