Magic Trip

Magic Trip

Ken Kesey's Search for A Kool Place

DVD - 2011
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1964, Ken Kesey, the famed author of 'One flew over the cuckoo's nest, ' set off on a legendary cross-country road trip to the New York World's Fair, joined by 'The Merry Band of Pranksters, ' a renegade group of counterculture truth-seekers, including Neal Cassady, the American icon immortalized in Kerouac's 'On the Road, ' and the driver and painter of the psychedelic Magic Bus.
Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2011]
Edition: Widescreen
Description: 1 videodisc (107 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: DVD 306.10973 Kes


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Jun 12, 2018

GOOD 2011 film documentary slice of pre-hippie post-beatnik characters on a bus trip across US. Overall, the film was a bit uneven and 'came and went' - just like their bus, but I did find the Neal Cassady character and his non-stop verbal jabbering interesting.

LPL_DanC Oct 15, 2015

No matter how old I get, I never get tired of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, although my take on their adventures is much different at age 42 than it was at age 18. This time around I was fascinated by the travelers' interactions with writers on the journey--a young Larry McMurtry and Robert Stone, and of course Allen Ginsburg and an aging, dour Jack Kerouac. A visit to Goldwater's campaign HQ ("A Vote for Barry is a Vote for Fun!" painted on the bus) is worth the price of admission.

kevfarley Mar 16, 2012

A long over-due historical document. Its better after reading "The Electric Kool-aid Acid Test",.. or if you were actually trying to show up for that era. You can see the brightly promised future falling apart ,. when they just left (the LSD mental breakdown casualty) Babs behind, in the middle of Texas(!),.. and just 'partied on'. The rich writer is paying for everything,
and so its ".. move down, clean cups!". With some 'lets-frek-out-the-strait-people' theatricks thrown in for color.

Dec 17, 2011


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