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Gus Hops The DayGlo Bus

from the UK Guardian

Van Sant on board for Acid Test

Gus Van Sant will reunite with Milk writer Dustin Lance Black to make a film of Tom Wolfe’s chronicle of Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters

 

Ken Kesey, pictured in 1997 with Further, a descendant of the famous vehicle that carried him and his Merry Pranksters on the trip immortalised in Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Well-travelled … Ken Kesey pictured in 1997 with Further, a descendant of the famous vehicle that carried him and his Merry Pranksters on the trip immortalised in Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Photo: Jeff Barnard/AP

Gus Van Sant is to adapt Tom Wolfe’s 1968 cult book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test for the big screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In the book, considered one of the most famous documents of 60s drug experimentalism, Wolfe tells the story of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest author Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters as they drive across the US in a DayGlo painted school bus dubbed Furthur, taking gargantuan quantities of LSD and other psychedelic drugs.

Wolfe was interested in documenting the personal and collective intellectual and quasi-religious “revelations” reached by the Pranksters on their journey. During the trip in Furthur, they attended a number of Grateful Dead concerts and travelled to Mexico.

[ click to read full piece at the Guardian ]

Posted on October 29, 2008 by Editor

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