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  • Published: 28 May 2018
  • ISBN: 9781784873707
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $19.99

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

Tom Wolfe's genre-defining magical mystery tour through the 1960s published in Vintage Classics for the first time to mark its fiftieth anniversary.
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY JARVIS COCKER
In the summer of 1964, author Ken Kesey and his Merry Band of Pranksters set out on an awesome social experiment like no other. Blazing across America in their day-glo schoolbus, doped up and deep ‘in the pudding’, the Pranksters’ arrival on the scene – anarchic, exuberant and LSD-infused – would turn on an entire counter-culture, and provide Tom Wolfe with the perfect free-wheeling subject for this, his pioneering masterpiece of New Journalism.
'The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is not simply the best book on the hippies, it is the essential book...the pushing, ballooning heart of the matter' New York Times

  • Pub date: 28 May 2018
  • ISBN: 9781784873707
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $19.99

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

“The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is not simply the best book on the hippies, it is the essential book...the pushing, ballooning heart of the matter”

New York Times

“Electrifying”

San Francisco Chronicle

“A life-changer, a rabble-rouser, a mind-blower, a gathering of the tribes, a call to arms, a manifesto for a new society, a car repair manual, a fly-on-the-paisley-patterned-wall account of a cultural revolution – a masterpiece!”

Jarvis Cocker

“An amazing book... A book that definitely gives Wolfe the edge on the nonfiction novel”

The Village Voice

“Every word seems placed with a care and a skill of contrivance... A major journalistic contribution to the future analysis of our own and America's strange period of this century”

Guardian

“A Day-Glo book, illuminating, merry, surreal!”

Washington Post

“You only had to look at him… or read such books as The Bonfire of the Vanities and The Right Stuff to know that Tom Wolfe was like no other”

John Pye, The Scotsman

“Journalism, it is said, is the first draft of history. Nobody exemplifies the dictum better than Wolfe, the cultural observer and social critic par excellence”

Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph

“Effortlessly, elegantly, Tom Wolfe bestrode both fiction and non-fiction… a style at once objective, subjective, and hallucinatory”

Andy Martin, Independent

“[Tom Wolfe’s] gleeful use of punctuation and italics, along with entertaining asides and neologisms that often quickly cemented themselves into the English lexicon, helped Wolfe stand out from other journalists”

Guardian

“[Wolfe] made literature fun and bores don’t like fun”

Freddy Gray, The Catholic Herald


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