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On The Bus
The complete guide to the legendary trip of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters
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Paul Perry & Ken Babbs
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Thunder's Mouth Press
The fabled 1964 cross-country bus trip of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters--on a psychedelically painted school bus crammed with amplifiers, cameras, costumes, and assorted contraband as cargo and Beat legend Neal Cassady at the wheel--marked the irreversible end of the "Eisenhower Era," and set an American cultural revolution in motion.

On the Bus is a celebration of the unforgettable exploits of the Merry Pranksters, on the 25th anniversary of their "Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" adventures immortalized in Tom Wolfe's bestselling book. In this engrossing popular history, the spirit of the era is captured in a remarkable living chronicle, combining analysis and history with colorful additional narrative by Kesey sidekick Ken Babbs. It features over 100 never-before-seen photos by Prankster photographer Ron Bevirt, Allen Ginsberg, and others, alongside candid and insightful interviews with participants and leading countercultural figures.

"The Bus is perhaps the artifact of the entire psychedelic era, the very embodiment of the trip."
-- Tom Wolfe

"It was a whole new world. 'Do it now' was the motto, anything not naked was wrong . . . There were no rules, fear was unknown, and sleep was out of the question."
-- Hunter S. Thompson