"An American classic" (Newsweek) that defined a generation. “An astonishing book” (The New York Times Book Review) and an unflinching portrait of Ken Kesey, his Merry Pranksters, and the 1960s.
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They say if you remember the '60s, you weren't there. But, fortunately, Tom Wolfe was there, notebook in hand, politely declining LSD while Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters fomented revolution, turning America on to a dangerously playful way of thinking as their Day-Glo conveyance, Further, made the most influential bus ride since Rosa Parks's. By taking On the Road's hero Neal Cassady as his driver on the cross-country revival tour and drawing on his own training as a magician, Kesey made Further into a bully pulpit, and linked the beat epoch with hippiedom. Paul McCartney's Many Years from Now cites Kesey as a key influence on his trippy Magical Mystery Tour film. Kesey temporarily renounced his literary magic for the cause of "tootling the multitudes"--making a spectacle of himself--and Prankster Robert Stone had to flee Kesey's wild party to get his life's work done. But in those years, Kesey's life was his work, and Wolfe infinitely multiplied the multitudes who got tootled by writing this major literary-journalistic monument to a resonant pop-culture moment.
Kesey's theatrical metamorphosis from the distinguished author of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest to the abominable shaman of the "Acid Test" soirees that launched The Grateful Dead required Wolfe's Day-Glo prose account to endure (though Kesey's own musings in Demon Box are no slouch either). Even now, Wolfe's book gives what Wolfe clearly got from Kesey: a contact high. --Tim AppeloFrom the Publisher:
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Book Description Littlehampton Book Services Ltd, 1969. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. First edition. Sent within 24 hours. Expedited UK delivery available. Edition: First British Editi. No Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # BBI2458171
Book Description weidenfeld & nicholson,uk, 1969. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. uk1st.edition.1st.printing.vg hardback in a good edge chipped dustwrapper. Bookseller Inventory # 25rrpvg
Book Description Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1969. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. First Edition. 416 pages (complete). First edition of one of the most influential books of its generation. The dustjacket has a clear cellophane protective cover. The dj itself is worn, marked. But it is secure and sure and comfortable. The boards have very light shelving wear; they are sound and healthy. The papertrims have mild foxing. Within, the contents are mild, clean, clear, relaxed, assured and most agreeable. fk. Bookseller Inventory # beng