Acid Christ by Mark Christensen
Ken Kesey, LSD and the Politics of Ecstasy

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From the literary wonder boy to the countercultural guru whose cross-country bus trip inspired The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, this candid biography chronicles the life and times of cultural icon Ken Kesey from the 1960s through the 1980s. Presenting an incisive analysis of the author who described himself as "too young to be a beatnik, and too old to be a hippie," this account conducts a mesmerizing journey from the perspective of Mark Christensen, an eventual member of the Kesey "flock." Featuring interviews with those within his inner circle, this exploration reveals the bestselling author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in his many forms, placing him within the framework of his time, his generation, and the zeitgeist of the psychedelic era.

 

About Mark Christensen

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Mark Christensen is the author of The So-Cal Speed Shop, Super Car: The Story of the Xeno, and The Sweeps: Behind the Scenes in Network TV. He is the former editor of Oregon Magazine and a media columnist for Rolling Stone. He has contributed articles to American Film, Connoisseur, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, Playboy, TV Guide, and Wired. He lives in Laguna Beach, California.
 
Published October 1, 2010 by Schaffner Press, Inc.. 440 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Dallas News

By TOM DODGE / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News Author and radio commentator Tom Dodge (www.tomdodge books.com) spent part of a day with Ken Kesey in September 1979 and found him to be a congenial and truly thoughtful guest.

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San Francisco Chronicle

It's hard to imagine the psychedelic '60s without Timothy Leary and Ken Kesey - the bicoastal ringmasters of a drug-fueled social movement that changed the way millions of us define the very nature of reality.

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Oregon Live

Christensen knew Kesey and believes "it's likely everything people think they know about Ken Kesey is wrong."

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Portland Book Review

In Acid Christ: Ken Kesey, LSD and the Politics of Ecstasy, Christensen takes on Ken Kesey and the 1960s with new fuel, hindsight, and inspiration.

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News Review.

After volunteering for a 1957, CIA-sponsored project, Kesey stole a stash of drugs, shared with friends and let it be known that LSD was “… a loaded gun impossible to aim.” Put this memoir next to The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test on your cultural history shelf.

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