The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Signed, limited edition (1 of 1,968) of Tom Wolfe's recounting of the Merry Prankster's escapades. Celebrated as a classic of American literature as well as the hippie movement, the text explores both the esoteric experience of hallucinogens and fundamental societal shifts of 1960s America. Includes an abridged version of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test published in traditional letterpress, with facsimile reproductions of Wolfe's manuscript pages, as well as Ken Kesey's jailhouse journals, handbills, and underground magazines of the period. Interweaving the prose and ephemera are photographic essays from Lawrence Schiller, whose coverage of the acid scene for Life magazine helped inspire Wolfe to write his story, and Ted Streshinsky, who accompanied Wolfe while reporting for the New York Herald Tribune. These photographs together with those of poet Allen Ginsberg and other photographers who covered the scene paint a vivid picture of the counterculture world that set Wolfe's scene: acid parties, the hippie-filled streets of Haight-Ashbury, the abandoned pie factory the Pranksters called home, and the infamous Acid Tests, Kool-Aid and all.