En route vers Woodstock Éditeur : Mot et le reste (Le) Avec la musique comme fil conducteur, c'est une Amérique en mutation qui est ici décryptée, rythmée par un cortège auquel prennent part Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, Joan Baez, Jimi Hendrix, et surtout Bob Dylan mais également Jack Kerouac, James Dean, Ken Kesey, Martin Luther King, le clan Kennedy… With LSD as the cocktail, black lights, strobe lights, fluorescent paint, video cameras, tape recorders, and the music of the Grateful Dead combined to make a grand experiment. The story became part of Tom Wolfe’s famous Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Author Ken Kesey and The Merry Pranksters were a group of people who formed in 1964, living communally in California and Oregon. The result was The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Ken Kesey, né Kenneth Elton Kesey à La Junta (Colorado) le 17 septembre 1935 et mort à Eugene (Oregon) le 10 novembre 2001, est un écrivain américain. Beat poet Allen Ginsberg shows up in the book. Journalist Tom Wolfe, who created a new literary approach called New Journalism, later caught up with Kesey (author of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest), who happened to be in jail at the time, and asked if he could write about his experiences at the forefront of the LSD-laced counter-culture movement. Being one of the Merry Pranksters required belief and dedication, you couldn't half-ass it. It was there that the so-called Acid Tests emanated. [NYT obit], Your email address will not be published. En route vers Woodstock est le témoignage des espoirs et des combats d'une génération en rupture avec le rêve américain, les babyboomers, retraçant ses mouvements, expliquant ses racines et analysant ses révolutions. The Merry Pranksters’ Bus, which pulled out of Ken Kesey’s house in La Honda on my June 14th birthday in 1964, came to Max Yasgur’s farm where Woodstock was born in 1969. Many other people and groups who would become increasingly important in the late '60s play roles in Wolfe's book. She spends her days with her firefighter husband and four daughters on a hobby farm with an assortment of animals, including a goat named Atticus, a turkey named Gravy, and a chicken named Chickaletta. Inspired by Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, Kesey and the Pranksters took to the highway in their tricked-out bus, which they called Furthur (the misspelling was intentional), seeking to go “furthur” than ever before. Kesey’s crew, known as the Merry Pranksters, fixed the bus with video and audio equipment. The bus already had bunk beds, a small kitchen, and a bathroom from its previous owner. They expected wondrous things from him. Famed acting coach Del Close, hippie celebrity Wavy Gravy, and author Paul Krassner all ride the bus for a time. Cette fois, ce fut une frénésie collective, une orgie entraînant tous les excès avec des dizaines de blessés et plusieurs morts. Richie Havens Memorial Service 2013-08-18, http://woodstockwhisperer.info/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Ken-Kesey-on-LSD.mp3. Furthur was featured heavily in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, with only helped increase the popularity of Kesey’s counter-culture movement. Musician blowing his joyfully-cacophonous blasts of trombone. Furthur, Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters' second bus. After his graduation from Oregon, Kesey began a non-degree program in creative writing at Stanford University. In a disappointing chapter called "The Crypt Trip," Kesey and the Pranksters, who embody the far-out LSD culture of the west coast, attempt to drop in on Timothy Leary, the professorial LSD advocate based in Millbrook, New York. The counterculture movement was still in its infancy when Tom Wolfe wrote The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Trip about Kesey and his travels on the Furthur. Required fields are marked *. The 50th anniversary of Woodstock was celebrated this summer, and it brought back memories for the Rev. He later wrote that LSD provided him with enlightenment and allowed him to tap into the unknown recesses of his brain. He’d even qualified for the Olympics, but an injury prevented his participation. Despite the intolerance, Kesey continued taking classes. With his new-found creativity and freedom of expression, Kesey wrote his first novel, the groundbreaking One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Also living there was Ken Babbs and Larry McMurtry, two people who would play a huge part in Kesey’s future adventures. Voilà comment Ken Kesey définissait les Merry Pranksters, mouvement contre-culturel à l’origine de l’utopie sixties. The Grateful Dead were supposed to topline a massive road trip like the one Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters had embarked on … It detailed how the gifted writer accidentally ignited the social movement that was then thriving all over the country. Les vaches, les chiens, les moutons et les poussins semblent être partout à Woodstock. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Kesey, the Pranksters, and Furthur first traveled to Los Angeles. In the summer of 1969, the Hog Farm was asked to help with security and a free kitchen for Woodstock. His life’s journey has taken Babbs from birth in Ohio, to California and Vietnam, to Woodstock and other notable happenings over the years. The travelers hope for a happy and important east-meets-west confab of the altered minds -- instead, they feel indifference and even rejection from Leary's group, who are notably un-merry. Hell's Angels, who would be a constant fascination of the counterculture (and would play a role in the "death" of the '60s at Altamont) are there. Writer Ken Babbs, Kesey's best friend, was there; he would become a leader in the counterculture movement. 'Shot the day The Pranksters' Bus invaded the Woodstock museum (Saturday, August 16th, 2014). Ken Kesey takes the Grateful Dead on a field trip. “I’ve got to get back to the land and set my soul free … “ Two of the coolest events of the ’60s just came together in the 21st century — and I lived it from start to finish. https://woodstockwhisperer.info/2015/09/17/kenneth-elton-ken-kesey He smuggled LSD to his group of literary friends so they, too, could feel the world open up to them. At that point in time, LSD hadn’t yet been classified as an illegal drug. His preference for Ray Bradbury’s science fiction expanded to include Ernest Hemingway and other modern fiction writers. On June 17, 1964, Kesey and 13 Merry Pranksters boarded Furthur at Kesey's ranch in La Honda, California, and set off eastward.Kesey wanted to see what would happen when hallucinogenic-inspired spontaneity confronted what he saw as the banality and conformity of American society. May 22, 2012 - This Pin was discovered by David Mamo. Those two characteristics are often and unfairly viewed as opposites of each other. The bus, immortalized in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, had served as the literal vehicle for spreading the counterculture movement across the U.S., with help from the writings of Tom Wolfe and Ken Kesey. He continued to be an active writer and activist, but mainly from his Oregon home. your own Pins on Pinterest By then, the bus had been painted and repainted in a graffiti-like manner, complete with colorful peace signs. It broke the rules and was more intimate than traditional journalism. Not until 2011 were the disjointed audio and filmed pieces put together and released as the documentary Magic Trip. The experience was like an awakening for Kesey. Traditional writers and the established literary circles shook their heads at Kesey’s decisions. 1969 Woodstock. This was 1964, when the Beatles were still wearing suits and ties and Jim Morrison was a freshman at UCLA. 60 Timeless Photos Sure To Cause Major Nostalgia, Entertaining Historical Images From The Groovy Era, Charlie's Angels, The Curvy Crime Fighting Trio, Nostalgic TV Sitcoms That Would Be Censored Today. Woodstock était le «coup de génie» d’Artie Kornfeld, ... L’idée de ce concert vint de Ken Kesey, le responsable du projet MK-Ultra de la CIA. your own Pins on Pinterest On the Road hero Neal Cassady was the driver. As anyone who has the wonderful tool of Spellcheck knows, our ability to spell correctly runs up against the English language’s failure to pronounce words as spelled. Avec la musique - notamment le rock - comme fil conducteur, c'est une Amérique en profonde mutation qui est ici décryptée, rythmée par un … Learn how your comment data is processed. Avec la musique – notamment le rock – comme fil conducteur, c’est une Amérique en profonde mutation qui est ici décryptée, rythmée par un … That was writer Ken Kesey and his "Merry Pranksters," who traveled around the country in a multi-colored bus called Furthur and spread the gospel of freedom, non-conformity, and enlightenment through the wonders of LSD. Karen left the world of academic, quitting her job as a college professor to write full-time. Though some faculty members saw Kesey as an emerging talent, others thought him a threat. Ken Kesey was a bright and athletic person. Everywhere they went, they meet fun-loving locals who were inspired by their wild, drug-induced parties and carefree lifestyle. Ken Kesey was a good student and an excellent wrestler who wanted to write. Cassady often drove, as he had with Kerouac in their legendary adventures a decade earlier, and was generally just an awe-inspiring presence among these young proto-hippies. Furthur is a 1939 International Harvester school bus purchased by author Ken Kesey in 1964 to carry his "Merry Band of Pranksters" cross-country, filming their counterculture adventures as they went. But somebody had to do it first -- somebody had to get the ball rolling that led to that trippy day-glo explosion of 1967's Summer of Love and afterward. A mixture of filmmakers and friends rounded out the core on-the-bus crowd. In the only first hand accounts of the bus story (Larry Hankin's tale of Cathy's disappearance, the flashbacks of Ken "Intrepid Traveler" Babbs in On The Bus , and a short piece by Larry McMurtry in Spit In The Ocean #7 ) nowhere is there any mention of Cathy going … I was going to do a doc for the daughter of Paul Foster who was a Merry Prankster. She celebrated her third birthday with her family at Woodstock. Kesey’s use of these drugs, his job at the Menlo Park Veteran’s Hospital, and creative ability led to his final draft of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the book that put Kesey’s name on the literary map. On pense au poème populaire du début du roman classique de Ken Kesey, datant de 1962, alors que cette jeune femme capte l’ambiance émanant de tous ces petits poussins. But in some ways this romantic idea of the '60s is inaccurate -- that's really only the late '60s. 4. With the psychedelic artwork the Pranksters added, Furthur became the perfect symbol of the anti-establishment, free love, enlightenment vibe that characterized Kesey’s life. You didn't see tie-dyes, long hair on men, Jesus sandals and peace signs in 1961, 1962, or 1963. View of the performers and audience at the Free Stage area of the Woodstock Music Festival, Bethel, NY, August 1969. 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