Ken Kesey's Bus Fine Art Print
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Ken Kesey's Bus Fine Art Print

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Item Number:
  • SFT661031-02-01-FP
  • San Francisco State Acid Test
  • Oct 31, 1966

A few have ridden, more have seen and every real and in-spirit hippie alive remembers Ken Kesey's magic bus, that '39 International Harvester heap of hand-painted psychedelia. Outfitted for trips both on-the-road and of-the-mind, Kesey and his Merry Pranksters set out cross-country in 1964 for points FURTHUR, introducing culture shock to the young and willing. Piloted by Beat voice Neal Cassaday, this symbol of an era gained fame in the lyrics of The Grateful Dead's "The Other One"; "The bus came by and I got on." The original bus lies rotting in an Oregon dale, although there are plans afoot but not yet in effect to resurrect it, and the second was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Kesey died in 2001, God rest his Merry [Prankster] soul.

FURTHUR brought Kesey and his Merry Pranksters to town for an "Acid Test." Ken Kesey had an interesting idea about outer space: it's all in your head. An early volunteer turned poster boy for LSD experimentation, Kesey came up with a plan to introduce the willing to the joys of tripping, the Acid Test, and held the first party near his home in La Honda. Early Tests were night-time wilderness events with Day-Glo painted trees, loud music, the Merry Pranksters and random ingestion of unidentified substances. The party moved to public venues and finally to dance concert halls like the Fillmore West where enlightenment, experimentation and the emergency room were close friends. Kesey's magic bus carried enough raw materials and revelers to make an Acid Test worthwhile and was a familiar psychedelic sight at these gateway events.

About Gene Anthony

Thousands of people flocked to the corner of Haight and Ashbury during the Summer of Love, but few saw the unfolding phenomenon as clearly as Gene Anthony did. From his apartment one block up the hill, he witnessed the extraordinary pilgrimage of young people from across the country as they trooped to San Francisco in search of answers, approval and love, and he captured the compelling vignettes through his telling lens. Anthony's photographic talent, subjects and well-deserved acclaim extend far beyond the psychedelic period, but his ability to capture a mood on a face or the essence of an era from a simple street sign was recognized and refined during that time. His photographs have, in turn, become the myriad faces of the Summer of Love.