The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

by Tom Wolfe | Nonfiction |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by charbono of Creswick, Victoria Australia on 5/23/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by charbono from Creswick, Victoria Australia on Sunday, May 23, 2004
This book is an historical account of the people who started the hippie movement in the sixties - the Merry Pranksters. Everything in this book actually happened. LSD was discovered partly by accident in 1938 by Albert Hofmann. It was later tested extensively by the US government and CIA for about 20 years, on both paid volunteers and unknowing citizens. Ken Kesey (author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) was one person who (voluntarily) took part in several experiments using different drugs. The subjects were never told what they were taking - but at some stage they were given LSD. This particular drug was different from the others, and many of the subjects had life-changing experiences as a result of 'seeing through new eyes'. Acid was still legal at that stage so it was only a matter of time before people got their hands on some and were able to start making their own and distributing it. So there you have the background to the book. Basically what happened next is that all the 'acid heads' moved to a particular area (Haight-Ashbury, in San Francisco) and began turning more and more people onto LSD. Some of these people formed a group, called themselves the Merry Pranksters, bought a bus, painted it psychedelic colours and then drove around America making a movie, holding "Acid Tests" and introducing people to LSD. The revolution had begun and the world would never be the same..... this is THE essential book for anyone interested in hippies, the sixties, or alteration of consciousness.

I find it incredibly frustrating that a substance which the government themselves used to test on unwitting citizens is now illegal. Oh, so it was alright to put it onto people who had no idea they were taking it, but if someone *wants* to take it, they get thrown in jail. Hypocrisy!

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Journal Entry 2 by charbono at by mail in by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, June 08, 2004
Released on Tuesday, June 08, 2004 at International Post in postal mail, A Bookray Controlled Releases.

posted to silverstarry as part of the bookray.

Journal Entry 3 by silverstarry from Berkeley, California USA on Saturday, June 19, 2004
Just received this from Charbono - can't wait to read it!

Journal Entry 4 by silverstarry from Berkeley, California USA on Wednesday, June 30, 2004
I loved reading about the Pranksters - one of the best classes I took in college was history of the United States in the 60s, so this was another great primary source of what was going on during that era. I probably would have been able to relate a little bit more if I was doing some serious drugs, but it was an enjoyable read nonetheless.

Mailed to djfil today.

Journal Entry 5 by djfil from Atlanta, Georgia USA on Monday, July 05, 2004
Received today! Am putting aside my current read to start this right away. I'll update once finished.

Journal Entry 6 by djfil from Atlanta, Georgia USA on Saturday, July 10, 2004
Just wanted to check in- I'm getting involved in this story now. The road trip was a good build up, but the novel gets much more interesting and fun once they land back in Cali. I especially like the Hell's Angels chapter. I'm at about page 200. Should have it finished in a few more days.

Journal Entry 7 by djfil from Atlanta, Georgia USA on Monday, July 12, 2004
I enjoyed the book. It took a bit to get used to the style, but once the novel progressed I noticed the tell-tale signs of enjoyment. On top of the entertainment value, I learned much about Kesey I did not know and the slice of history comprised of the years before I was born. I appreciate being able to read this. Thanks charbono! I will pm paradigm9x for address.

Journal Entry 8 by djfil from Atlanta, Georgia USA on Thursday, July 15, 2004
Sending to mom-of-one

Journal Entry 9 by Mom-of-one from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, August 02, 2004
Got this in the mail last week. I'm just finishing up one other book and I'll get on to reading this one! I can't wait! I've been wanting to read this for years!

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