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The Merry Pranksters' Bus

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Here I am at Hempfest 2010, standing in sheer awe of Further, the last bus used by the Merry Pranksters.




The Merry Pranksters were a group of people who formed around American author Ken Kesey in 1964 and sometimes lived communally at his homes in California and Oregon.

The group promoted the use of psychedelic drugs.
Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters are noted for the sociological significance of a lengthy road trip they took in the summer of 1964, traveling across the United States in a psychedelic painted school bus enigmatically and variably labeled "Further" or "Furthur".
Their early escapades were chronicled by Tom Wolfe in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Wolf also documents a notorious 1966 trip on Further from Mexico thru Houston, stopping to visit Kesey's friend novelist Larry McMurtry.
Kesey was on the lam from a drug charge at the time.

Notable members of the group include Kesey's best friend Ken Babbs and Neal Cassady, Carolyn Adams, also known as Mountain Girl, Wavy Gravy, Paul Krassner, Stewart Brand, Del Close, Paul Foster, Kentucky Fab Five authors Ed McClanahan, also known as "Captain Kentucky", Gurney Norman, George Walker, Sandy Lehmann-Haupt, and John Page Browning, also known as "Rampage" or the "Cadaverous Cowboy".
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Date Taken
Aug 21, 2010, 4:09:29 PM
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liveotl's avatar
Paul Krassner mentioned this in his book.. Confessions of an Raving, Unconfined Nut

awesome!!
HiddenStash's avatar
thank you! it was amazing to see in person
gmf1313's avatar
Is this the original bus or a later version? I heard there were at least 2
HiddenStash's avatar
this is the second bus that the pranksters painted in 1990
spiralcosmosart's avatar
free pschadelic revival art on my spiralcosmosart.deviantart.com page
Dominik19's avatar
Yeah thats awsome :pills: !
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MarzHintz's avatar
i love that you love the pranksters <3 they were my kinds of cats.
HiddenStash's avatar
definitely, they seemed like fun. i got to meet kesey's son at Hempfest - he was a nice dude
MarzHintz's avatar
wow thats really really neat im jealous
HiddenStash's avatar
thanks, it was pretty rad
ZANthraax's avatar
I AM SO JEALOUS.
HiddenStash's avatar
it was pretty stellar
stalepixel's avatar
On To Edge City!
Thelithiumfox's avatar
My folk, only I am a darker sort.
JulieBeloussow's avatar
Awesome. I want to see it in person one of these days.
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