Regardless, his re-creation of the famous stories is legend and has earned him a most respectable title as a founder and pioneer of “new journalism.” I believe that Wolfe had a heartfelt connection, as many of us do, with Kesey and the Merry Pranksters and through his research and many first person accounts he was able to understand enough of their state-of-mind to portray himself as a medium between their world and what he describes as “the outside world.” There is an interview about the book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test with Ken Kesey and Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead by Tom Snyder in which they state that they believe they started a revolution which is still happening today. Tom Wolfe captured that revolution and gave it to the world in a safe paperback vessel through which we could all hop on the bus and go for a trip. I think it is evident through the generations of amazing music, writing, and art that has been inspired by Ken Kesey and his LSD induced revelations that he made one of the biggest contributions to American culture we’ve seen today. Without the parading of the Merry Pranksters and the scattering of LSD we may have never discovered the undeniable connection between music and psychedelic drugs that many artists have exemplified. The Grateful Dead, The Beatles, Janice Joplin, The Mamas and the Papas…I could go on but the point is that all of these musicians and more have made mention of psychedelic drug use and how it contributed to their ability to create art.
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