NPR: Tom Wolfe: Chronicling Counterculture's 'Acid Test'

August 12th, 2011


Tom Wolfe: Chronicling Counterculture’s ‘Acid Test’

August 12, 2011

The new documentary Magic Trip: Ken Kesey’s Search for a Kool Place gathers never before seen footage shot during the Merry Pranskters’ LSD-fueled bus trip across America in 1964. Kesey, the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, was the ring leader. The bus was driven by Neal Cassady, who was the inspiration for the main character in the Jack Kerouac novel On the Road.

On Friday’s Fresh Air, we’ll hear interviews with Kesey in 1989; with Robert Stone, who met the bus and hung out with Kesey, Cassady and the Pranksters when they arrived in New York; and with Tom Wolfe, who chronicled the bus trip in his best seller The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Read More…