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Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 607
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Friday, December 04, 2009 - 6:37 am:   Edit Post

44 years this evening, at the second Acid Test, The Greatest Rock'N'Roll Band In The History Of The Universe debuted their new name, and demonstrated for the first of several thousand times that there is, was, and will be nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.

Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 4183
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Friday, December 04, 2009 - 6:57 am:   Edit Post

Thanks, Peter. I just finished reading "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" It's mind-blowing how events all fell together over 40 years ago that started paving the road that, among other things, led straight to the establishment of Alembic.

Bill, tgo
Advanced Member
Username: paulman

Post Number: 397
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Friday, December 04, 2009 - 1:30 pm:   Edit Post

Bill I just finished that too...weird! Kesey and La Honda sound like a delightfully insane time to experience. Ah...
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 554
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Friday, December 04, 2009 - 3:33 pm:   Edit Post

I remember playing a New Years Eve gig in a place in La Honda . Some of the original Merry Pranksters were at the Venue and invited the whole band over to the Kesey house after the gig.

Ken Kesey was in Oregon at the time so I did not get to meet him but I took lots of pictures of our gathering. It was a memorable experience!
Advanced Member
Username: grateful

Post Number: 316
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, December 05, 2009 - 2:31 am:   Edit Post

Good ol' Grateful Dead: the greatest musical ensemble of all time.

Thank God they recorded so much of it!
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 8984
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, December 07, 2009 - 5:46 pm:   Edit Post

I read that sometime around the time it was first published. I should read it again.
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 2517
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, December 08, 2009 - 4:29 am:   Edit Post

I read it for the first time last year - great book. Time to read it again methinks.

I'm open to reading suggestions along the same lines.

Intermediate Member
Username: phylo

Post Number: 131
Registered: 10-2005
Posted on Tuesday, December 08, 2009 - 9:10 am:   Edit Post

Years and years ago, I bought episodes of the original footage from Kesey himself. I think his son Zane still sells them. Mine is a cool hand painted and signed VHS copy. I was surprised how closely the footage follows Wolf's story.

Babbs, Kesey, Mountain Girl, George and a few others do an intro to it, that I found hilarious.

As far as suggested 'furthur' reading, Sometimes A Great Notion (Kesey) and Man In Full (Wolf) are my two favorite books, but have nothing to do with the Pranksters, so I dunno if that is of any interest....
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 566
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Tuesday, December 08, 2009 - 9:30 am:   Edit Post

Hi phylo. That VHS copy of yours has a limited life before it will start to degrade . I sincerely suggest that it gets transferred to archival quality DVD format to preserve this treasure ; for your own personal use of course. Perhaps it would be prudent to check with the Kesey Family to respect any copyright concerns.
Intermediate Member
Username: benson_murrensun

Post Number: 197
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Tuesday, December 08, 2009 - 10:57 am:   Edit Post

I always thought that On The Road (Jack Kerouac) was a good one to read prior to Electric Kool Aid Acid Test. It's the continuing adventures of Neal Cassady...
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 4189
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Tuesday, December 08, 2009 - 6:48 pm:   Edit Post

Quick beats in an icy heart, catch colt draws a coffin cart,
There he goes and now here she starts, hear her cry.

Bill, tgo
Senior Member
Username: crgaston

Post Number: 564
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Monday, December 14, 2009 - 11:08 pm:   Edit Post

Let your life proceed by it's own design.

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