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One Step “Furthur.”

Posted by: | October 4, 2011 | No Comment |

What’s your freak?

Cassady controls the room, with his sledge hammer and his mile-a-minute ramblings about… nothing?

Shh, everybody quiet down. Here comes The Chief.

It’s FINALLY here!

Torn from the pages of “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test,” Ken Kesey and his Merry Band of Pranksters are brought to life and, for the first time, available to mass viewing audiences the world over.

Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney has acquired the 16mm color film shot by Kesey and the Pranksters during their 1964 cross-country, psychedelic bus trip, and turned it into a feature-length film that brings fans of Tom Wolfe’s groundbreaking piece of gonzo journalism face to face with the characters they’ve likely immortalized in their own heads.

And while this film may not be as disturbing or as awe-inspiring as Hunter S. Thompson’s cult classic gonzo piece “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” it provides the much-desired visual element to round out Wolfe’s historical literary classic.

Take note, journalism students. This is gonzo journalism. By immersing himself into the life of Kesey and the Pranksters, and experiencing this trip first hand, Wolfe gave the public an inside look at one of the most iconic groups of the 60s and the entire hippy movement.

Read the book, watch the film, and groove on the story of a man whose fate launched a thousand trips.

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