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The Penguin Blog: Ken Kesey’s Magic Trip

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In 1964, Ken Kesey, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, set off on an epic road trip across America with his ‘Merry Band of Pranksters’. They shot footage of the journey, intending to turn the material into a...

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Psychedelic 60s: Timothy Leary

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"TIMOTHY LEARY WAS another early advocate of LSD experimentation. Leary taught psychology at Harvard and by 1960 was doing experiments with LSD and other hallucinogens, first on prison inmates and then on himself and his friends. LSD was not illegal at the time. In 1960, Allen Ginsberg, supervised by Leary, ingested psilocybin mushrooms, (under the influence of the drug, he phoned Jack Kerouac, identifying himself as God to the telephone operator), and began to spread the word about the new powerful psychedelic drugs. When Harvard dismissed Leary in 1963, he set up the Castalia Institute in Millbrook, New York, to continue his studies. Leary's approach to taking LSD was the opposite of Ken Kesey's Leary believed in "set and setting," a practice of taking the drug in a controlled environment, as a safeguard against bad trips. He coined the phrase "Turn On, Tune In, and Drop Out," and formed the "League of Spiritual Discovery," an LSD advocacy group. In the mid sixties, he began attending numerous musical events and public forums that promoted the use of LSD. Leary spent a number of years in prison for various charges related to drug possession..."


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Beatnik History

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The Beat Generation emerged as a reaction against the conformity and materialism of the 1950's. Rejecting the so-called security of Cold War America, the Beats embraced gritty reality, Eastern traditions, altered states of consciousness, and subversive sexuality.

Self-expression took on radical new forms as performance and poetry were brought into the cafés and streets. Inspired by swing jam sessions and the improv jazz of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and other prodigies of the '50's, Beat poets dabbled in spontaneous readings that took on musical rhythms. Artists fused recycled or found materials into collages. A whole new generation of literary voices was born: Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Ken Kesey, Gary Snyder, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Gregory Corso were but a few of the Beats' brightest stars.


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