New York: Farrar Straus and Giroux, 1968 First edition, first printing. Publisher's white cloth, lettered in metallic orange, purple, and blue to spine with publisher's device stamped in metallic green to spine foot, bright orange endpapers, top edge stained gray; in the original pictorial dust jacket featuring Milton Glaser's iconic multi-colored illustration of the Merry Pranksters to front panel and spine, photograph of the author by Jacques Lowe to rear panel. A very good copy with some soiling to boards and toning to extremities, a few spots to text block edges; in a very good dust jacket, unclipped with some wear to extremities including a few small tears to spine ends and some creasing to edges. Overall, a nice copy. Often considered the premier non-fiction text on hippies and the American counterculture movement of the 1960s, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test provides a detailed account of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters from their "communal living," "exuberant costume dress," and "psychedelic mixed-media happenings," to "orgies of drugs" and, of course, "lights and rock and roll." Specifically, Wolfe looks at their "Acid Tests," which he describes as "Bacchanals in the original sense of the word." Wolfe, known for his bizarre and somewhat erratic writing style, use of many unusual literary techniques, and pervasive distaste for the "old elite," is at his best in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test; his kaleidoscopic writing style perfectly mirrors the erratic and colorful lifestyles of the Merry Pranksters.. Illus. by Glaser, Milton. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/Dust Jacket Included. (Inventory #: TW021c)
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