You’ve heard of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, right? It’s Tom Wolfe’s chronicle of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters’ bus trip across the States in the 1960s – until now, the best record we had of their extraordinary, psychedelic adventure.
But did you know that over 100 hours of film were shot of the bus, its inhabitants and their adventures during the journey, and that the footage has been buried in the Kesey family’s archive for decades? Well, it’s been restored and edited by Alison Ellwood and Alex Gibney into a new film, Magic Trip: Ken Kesey’s Search for a Kool Place, which is released in cinemas on Friday 18 November.
Featuring Beat luminaries like Neal Cassady, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and hippie musicians The Grateful Dead, the film is an enlightening, energetic journey into a world of idealists, dreamers, romantics and artists, and a valuable document of an important chapter in American history.
So turn on, tune in and check out. The trailer, I mean…