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This Weekend in 1968

This Weekend in 1968: The Kool-Aid Acid Test

Ann Heppermann

Kara Oehler

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Forty years ago this weekend, people across the country cracked open a brand new book by Tom Wolfe called "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test." In the mid-60s, Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters hosted big parties where people got together, played music, and dropped acid. What happened at those parties spilled over into pop culture and ultimately defined the day-glo painted, summer-loving, acid rock, psychedelic '60s.

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  • By Shady Backflash

    From Psychedelphia, 08/19/2008

    books, videos and prankster artifacts can be purchased via zane kesey's website: http://www.key-z.com -- tell 'em "shady sent me!"

    By Wendy Miller

    From Culver City, CA, 08/18/2008

    I heard the broadcast RE: "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" on August 16, 2008 on KPCC FM 88.9 in Los Angeles. I heard on the broadcast that copies can be purchased on-line of the Acid Tests. Can you tell me how these can be purchased and which ones you have available? Thank you.

    By j w

    From Lexington, KY, 08/17/2008

    you can see colors!? you can hear colors.. and see sounds.. that's what someone told me anyway.

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