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  • Published: 2 May 1989
  • ISBN: 9780552993661
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $22.99

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test




Tom Wolfe's genre-defining ride through the 1960s published in Vintage Classics for the first time to mark its fiftieth anniversary

I looked around and people's faces were distorted...lights were flashing everywhere...the screen at the end of the room had three or four different films on it at once, and the strobe light was flashing faster than it had been...the band was playing but I couldn't hear the music...people were dancing...someone came up to me and I shut my eyes and with a machine he projected images on the back of my eye-lids...I sought out a person I trusted and he laughed and told me that the Kool-Aid had been spiked and that I was beginning my first LSD experience...

  • Pub date: 2 May 1989
  • ISBN: 9780552993661
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe (1930-2018) was the author of more than a dozen books, among them The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full, I Am Charlotte Simmons and Back to Blood. He received the National Book Foundation's 2010 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

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Praise for The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

“'Tom Wolfe is a groove and a gas. Everyone should send him money and other fine things. Hats off to Tom Wolfe!'”

Terry Southern

“'Not simply the best book on the hippies, it is the essential book...The pushing, ballooning heart of the matter...Vibrating dazzle!'”

The New York Times

“'An American Classic'”

Newsweek

“'A day-glo book, illuminating, merry, surreal!'”

The Washington Post


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