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Merry Pranksters, Acid Tests and On The Bus: A Bibliography

This page lists a selection of books that wholly or partly discuss the activities of the Merry Pranksters.

Related pages : Ken Kesey bibliography | Neal Cassady bibliography | Spit In The Ocean

Books about the Pranksters and the Acid Tests

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Author: Tom Wolfe

1968, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A "gonzo journalist" history of the Merry Pranksters. Include lots of coverage of the Acid tests, the Pranksters and the Grateful Dead. There have been many editions over the years.

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The Further Inquiry

Author: Ken Kesey

1990, Viking Press

Ken Kesey's recreation of the Merry Pranksters' 1964 trip across America aboard the bus "Further". Includes over 100 previously unpublished photographs.

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On the Bus : The Complete Guide to the Legendary Trip of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters and the Birth of the Counterculture

Author: Paul Perry and Ken Babbs

Forewords: Hunter S. Thompson, Jerry Garcia, Ken Kesey

1991, Thunder's Mouth Press

A celebration of the 'fabled' cross-country bus trip made by Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters in 1964 and of the Acid Tests. Includes lots of photos and 'commentary' by many of the principle characters.

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The Answer Is Always Yes

Author: Paul Foster

1995, Hulugosi

Memories of the early Bay Area music scene from one of the Merry Pranksters.

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Prankster Memoirs

Author: John Babbs

2003, Angle productions

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Last updated April 2014