2008 will stand as an anniversary year for many milestone events but the one that stands out for me tonight will occur in August when we celebrate the 40th birthday of Tom Wolfe's THE ELECTRIC KOOL-AID ACID TEST which was first published in August of '68.
This afternoon I finished reading THE ELECTRIC KOOL-AID ACID TEST & it caused me to seriously reflect upon the cultural & artistic impact of Kesey & The Pranksters.
The book reminded me a lot of the story of Elvis:
a regular cat from Memphis who started off with an idea of what he wanted to do with his life and before he knew it, his personal vision completely changed the world.
[just had a flashback of little crippled Forrest Gump teaching Elvis how to shake it up on stage- now I'm craving to hear
Elvis sing some gospel like THIS OLD HOUSE-
OH I FOUND THIS J.D. Sumner tribute to Elvis http://video.aol.com/video-detail/jd-sumner-this-old-house/1425229417
OHHHHHHHHHhhhh but dis beeeeze dah dope! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiAyrXCjU_I&mode=related&search=
So I'm searching the Web for Prankster stuff tonight and I find where my Tuscaloosa neighbor Philip Beidler wrote a book back in '94 where he argued that the '60s would stand as the last time the printed word would create a cultural revolution and that future cultural change would originate from audio-visual or electronic sources.
I liked what Beidler had to say about THE ELECTRIC KOOL-AID ACID TEST:
We have come back more or less where we came in.
And what a trip it has been, aboard a vehicle named "FURTHUR",
In honor of Fidel's 77th birthday, August 13,2003, I am giving Cuba a rest and looking at Kesey
stuff on the Web. Check it out at http://www.lib.virginia.edu/speccol/exhibits/sixties/list.html
with Kesey and the Pranksters. It has been one last great pilgrimage in the old American tradition, a pilgrimage, as always, to discover America and
to invent it.
We have been on the Bus.
We have all taken all the tests.
We have attended the graduation.
We have had a total '60s trip.
Thanks to Wolfe, and the style he invented, we have also had the
total '60s trip. Compatriots in '60s reading and writing would go on to stake out new areas of this garish, teeming geography.
But Wolfe, the first Prankster-king of what he called the New Journalism,
remained largely responsible for making the textual explorations possible.
image courtesy of http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/082031787X
Got this terrific email from Tommy Mann of the K-Otics:
I PROBABLY HAVE BEEN TOLD THIS BEFORE BUT
FORGOT THAT STEVE YOUNG ,WHO WROTE THE
SONG " SEVEN BRIDGES ROAD" WAS A ROOMMATE
OF MY GUITAR PLAYER, MARVIN TAYLOR. I REMEMBER
A PARTY IN MONTGOMERY AFTER THE K-OTICS
PERFORMED AND I BELIEVE STEVE WAS THERE
AND WAS INSPIRED TO WRITE "SEVEN
BRIDGES ROAD". MARVIN CONFIRMED THIS TODAY.
DUH SWAMPMANN ON LAKE MARTIN
My niece Leslie's December 7 graduation from Nurse Anesthetist School in Memphis
left to right: Brad,Buddy,Leslie,Becky
The Duck Observation Deck From Across Cowarts Creek
The chairs & footrests are made out of deadhead cypress. I'm pretty sure it was pulled out of Cowarts Creek.
LESLIE AND LANA
Y'all take a few precious moments out of yo'
'08 & dare to shoot me something GREAT!