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The big book I'm working on, Cronies,
is a burlesque, a legitimate literary genre defined as "an historical
with inventions and exagerations." Gets me off the hook of being
factual or totally made up, for the book is neither a memoir
nor fiction, but a series of adventures starting with meeting Kesey at
Stanford in 1958 and ending with his death in 2001.
An example of a burleque is "Knickerbocker's History of New York City",
supposedly written by Daedalus Knickerbocker, which
caused quite a scandal when it came out in the late (i think) 1700's
with things like, "why does the mayor of new york city meet
the boats bringing in immigrants and hires the young good looking girls
to work in city hall?"
Finally the true author was revealed: Washington Irving, the most
popular author of the day and the first author in America to
make his living solely by writing books.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2019
Questions from Danny Waxkirsh
and my answers:
What was/were the biggest influences
which inspired you and the Pranksters to use acid, drive across America
and start the Acid Tests?
Ken Kesey first took acid in the early sixties at the VA hospital in
Menlo Park, California where the government paid 25 dollars a session
to some grad students at Stanford, giving them pills, studying the
effects of different drugs. Kesey managed to bring home a bottle of
Swiss Sandoz Lab LSD and that's when I and our friends (we weren't the
Prankster then, that came a couple of years later) started using
acid. In 1964, Kesey bought a school bus converted into a motor home
and he and the Pranksters (we had our name by them) drove it to
Madhattan for the coming out party of his new book, Sometimes A Great
Notion. We decided to film the whole trip and edit it and release
it in theaters, a revolutionary film genre, neither documentary nor
madeup, but a combination of the two for we would take acid, stop
somewhere, people would flock to the bus, we'd get out and join them,
play our musical instruments, be part of the local drama, filming
the whole thing. When we returned to California we started editing the
film but were arrested. The cops raided Kesey's and found some
marijuana. We decided then to do the acid tests, get the action out of
Kesey's house. The band first known as the Warlocks joined in.
Was there any political motivation for your actions?
None, other than by example, living the life of the free, free to do
your own thing, free to dip in and out of business, performance art,
life at home, look any person in the eye, shake hands, be he or she a
down and outer or the president of the U.S.
How much did your group interact with the Leary camp and how similar
was your ideology? (Other than the awkward summit between your
groups described in 'The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test).
We spent a couple of days at Leary's placein Millbrook, New York while
on the bus trip to Madhattan. They were coming down and we were
getting high. It was awkward at first but we meshed nicely. EKAT laid a
false impression that we didn't get along and Leary told Kesey and me
as we were leaving we were doing the same good work and would continue
to do so, together or apart. Leary became a good friend and we did
do some works together. Check out the film on youtube: Leary's Last
Lastly, do you think we can still 'turn on the world'?
We were not the only ones doing the work of keeping the world a great
place. Many rode that first wave and contributed, and many many more
did their part to keep this bumpy ride moving along; still do, world
wide, working to restore our water and air and land and the minds of
troglodytes. Kesey said, "The only true currency is that of the
spirit." Our work has always been to raise the spirits high.