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  GradeSaver: ClassicNote: Biography of Ken Kesey
Ken Kesey, the youngest of two sons, was born in on September 17, 1935 in La Junta, Colorado and in 1946 moved with his family to Springfield, Oregon, where he spent several years on his family's farm.
Kesey recruited Neal Cassady from Kerouac's On the Road to drive the bus, and filmed a significant portion of the journey; Kesey would later show clips from the trip to chemically-induced audiences at his parties.
Kesey's exploits with the Merry Pranksters during this period formed the basis for a best-selling book by Tom Wolfe (A Man in Full, The Bonfire of the Vanities) called The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.
www.gradesaver.com /classicnotes/authors/about_ken_kesey.html   (604 words)

  Erowid Ken Kesey Vault
Ken Kesey was a writer, born in La Junta, Colorado.
Ken Kesey stood as a transition between the Beat Generation of the 50s and the Hippies of the 60s.
Ken Kesey Interview by Mary Jane Fenex and Matthew Rick
www.erowid.org /culture/characters/kesey_ken/kesey_ken.shtml   (320 words)

 YouTube - kesey on lsd
interview with ken kesey about his use of acid and its effects on him.
Ken Kesey & Jerry Garcia on LSD & Creativity
Ken Kesey on Saddam Hussein and the first Iraqi War
www.youtube.com /watch?v=4HM8QRCnHuA&mode=related&search=   (647 words)

 Ken Kesey | News | Guardian Unlimited Books
Most of its occupants, including Kesey, the "Chief Prankster", were high on drugs, and their humour and antics were meant to upset conservatives as much as to amuse others.
Kesey was born in rural Colorado, the son of dairy farmers, but as a child moved with them to Oregon, where he spent most of the rest of his life.
Kesey then went off in the school bus, but in 1967 he clashed with the law and fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution on cannabis charges.
books.guardian.co.uk /news/articles/0,6109,591761,00.html   (839 words)

  Ken Kesey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ken Elton Kesey (September 17, 1935 – November 10, 2001) was an American author, best known for his novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and as a (counter) cultural figure who, some consider, was a link between the "beat generation" of the 1950s and the "hippies" of the 1960s.
Ken Kesey was born in La Junta, Colorado and moved at a young age with his family to Springfield, Oregon.
Kesey was arrested for possession of marijuana in 1966.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ken_Kesey   (867 words)

 Cosmik Debris Magazine Presents: Remembering Ken Kesey
In 1968 Ken moved back to Oregon and a rural farm south of Eugene, where he turned a huge barn into a large rambling house, raised a family, worked the land, raised cattle and immersed himself in the community.
Kit Kesey, Ken's nephew, has been a concert and video producer over the years, and in recent months took over the McDonald Theater in downtown Eugene and refurbished it as a live music venue.
Kesey contributed immensely to raising the bar in challenging the status quo to re-examine, renew, and embrace such fundamental American terms as "freedom," and "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," and to live them.
www.cosmik.com /aa-december01/ken_kesey.html   (1255 words)

 pot smoker of the month - Ken Kesey   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Kesey, who was 66, "passed away peacefully in his sleep" with his family at his side, according to a nursing supervisor.
Kesey considered pranks part of his art, and in 1990 he took a poke at the Smithsonian Institution by announcing he would drive his old psychedelic bus to Washington, D.C., to give it to the nation.
Kesey was also working on turning film footage of the Furthur odyssey into a trio of movies, and he was fascinated by the promise that the Internet could be used as a kind of "pirate" medium to broadcast performance art and bypass publishing houses.
www.cleartest.com /testinfo/ken_kesey.htm   (1412 words)

 KEN KESEY   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Kesey, though, is the one who had the sense (good, bad or neither) to live the risks of his tale.
Kesey was already at work on the second major novel of his career: Sometimes a Great Notion, an epic about a tough-minded family of loggers in Oregon, and in some ways a tribute to the values he had learned years before from his father.
Mainly, Kesey stuck to his conviction that the greatest art form was a life well lived and to the principle that it was probably a better bet to confound fans' expectations than to feel obliged to meet them.
campus.queens.edu /depts/english/ken_kesey.htm   (3855 words)

 Merry Prankster History Project
Ken Kesey made his mark on 20th century American history in two significant ways: Firstly as the best selling author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962) and Sometimes a Great Notion (1964), he garnered a deserved reputation as an important figure in American literature.
Kesey and his wife, Faye, moved into a house on Perry Lane, the bohemian sector of Palo Alto that was home to some of the area's literary, intellectual and artistic set.
Kesey was paid to ingest various psychoactive drugs, including LSD-25, and report on their effects to the government-sponsored scientists conducting the experiments.
www.pranksterweb.org /kkbio.htm   (1560 words)

 The Beat Page - Ken Kesey
Ken began throwing parties on campus at the little bohemian comunity he lived in called Perry Lane.
In the summer of 1964, Ken bought a 1939 International Harvester school bus to drive him and the Pranksters to New York to see the World's Fair.
Ken decided that this bus trip was going to be worthy of a movie, so they bought some 16mm film equipment and striped outfits for the crew to wear.
www.rooknet.com /beatpage/writers/kesey.html   (610 words)

 Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
en Kesey, born in 1935, was raised on farms in Colorado and Oregon.
Kesey hid 6 months (with his bus) in Mexico to avoid imprisonment for possession of marijuana, then gave himself up to authorities, and was jailed for 5 months.
Kesey was one of those hooked on a new mind-altering drug known as LSD.
kclibrary.nhmccd.edu /kesey.html   (1255 words)

 [LD] Ken Kesey - životopis, dílo a citáty
[LD] Ken Kesey - životopis, dílo a citáty
Ken Kesey je kultovní postavou, legendárním americkým spisovatelem, hrdinou kontrakultury Ameriky 60.
Kesey podlehl na podzim roku 2001 po operaci, při níž mu byl z jater odstraněn rakovinný nádor.
ld.johanesville.net /kesey   (409 words)

 Ken Kesey
Ken Kesey was born in La Junta, Colorado, and brought up in Eugene, Oregon.
Kesey spent his early years hunting, fishing, swimming; he learned to box and wrestle, and he was a star football player.
In 1965 Kesey was arrested for possession of marijuana.
www.kirjasto.sci.fi /kkesey.htm   (1316 words)

 Ken Kesey's magic bus being restored - Books - Entertainment - theage.com.au
Zane Kesey picks at clumps of moss and swirls of brightly coloured paint and patches of rust covering the school bus that his father, the late author Ken Kesey, rode cross-country with a refrigerator stocked with LSD-laced drinks in pursuit of a new art form.
That is where Ken Kesey - author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and hero of a generation that vowed to drop out and tune in with the help of LSD - intended it to stay after firing up a new bus in 1990.
Kesey had been a guinea pig in government-sponsored LSD tests and was trying to turn the entire country on to it through events known as the Acid Tests.
www.theage.com.au /news/books/furthur-intrepid-trips-on-the-bus/2006/01/16/1137259952762.html   (1347 words)

 Ken Kesey Biography and Summary
Ken Kesey has been profoundly influenced by the Beats both in his life and in his work.
Described as a psychedelic outlaw and the "Dr. Strange" of American letters, Ken Kesey's fame as a counterculture luminary was assured with the impact of his novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962).
Ken Kesey(September 17, 1935 – November 10, 2001) was an American author, best known for his novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and as a (counter) cultural figure whom some consider a link between the" beat generation" of the 1950s and the" h...
www.bookrags.com /Ken_Kesey   (606 words)

 Ken Kesey... Further Along
Kesey's fingers were the thick, deft digits of a magician who could make coins disappear and who--take a deep breath now...
Later I discovered Kesey was this weird character who often traveled with the Grateful Dead and once led the FBI and other cops on a merry chase through California and Mexico in the late sixties.
Kesey writes several visceral and believable paragraphs from the point-of-view of a dog, and it's not uncommon to encounter three or four first-person voices intermingled in internal monologue on the same page, along with their external dialogue and the voice of a third-person omniscient narrator.
www.newmillenniumwritings.com /Issue12/KenKesey.html   (6410 words)

 The Full Moon Family's Tribute to Ken Kesey
Kesey was one of the kindest and wisest men I've ever known, and he was one of my biggest heroes and mentors starting soon after he met Neal in the early '60s, a feeling which continues in me to this day.
Ken Kesey was a great teacher and a beautiful soul, and he will be missed by all that his magic touched.
Ken and I had a meeting planned to discuss a book project he was considering not too long after that, Ken was pretty interested in my past military experience in some US Army experiments and he had wanted to get together but right about that time, Ken's son was killed in a tragic accident.
www.fullmoonfamily.com /kesey.html   (3399 words)

 Ken Kesey, Cuckoo Kinda' Guy
Kesey sued the producers because it took the viewpoint away from the schizophrenic Indian, Chief Bromden, as in Kesey's POV.
Further, Kesey was barely mentioned during the award ceremonies, and indicated he did not like Jack Nicholson, or the script.
Kesey at his "fiction reading" (Wed 10/6/82) in Room 102 of ODU's Mills Godwin Life Sciences Building, strode to the podium with something resembling Santa's bag.
www.rkpuma.com /kesey.htm   (563 words)

 Psychedelic 60s: Ken Kesey & the Merry Pranksters
Kesey, a graduate student in creative writing at Stanford University, volunteered to take part in a government drug research program at Menlo Park Veterans Hospital that tested a variety of psychoactive drugs such as LSD, which was legal at the time, psilocybin, mescaline, and amphetamine IT-290.
From this book, Kesey gained the notoriety and the income necessary to draw together his motley band of Merry Pranksters, who through their many antics and travels, set the stage for the Psychedelic Era that was to follow.
Kesey believed that one's personal fears should be confronted under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs.
www.lib.virginia.edu /small/exhibits/sixties/kesey.html   (1077 words)

 Key-Z Productions....Posters: Further, Acid Test, Dead, Cassady, Pranksters, Kesey
Ken Kesey's 1939 International Harvester as it sits in the woods on his farm.
This photograph of Ken with the original bus "Further" was taken on Ken's Pleasant Hill farm in October, 2001, just prior to his passing, by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Lanker..
Ken and the Merry Pranksters (and Grandchildren) drove Furthur to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
www.key-z.com /posters.html   (558 words)

 LitKicks: Ken Kesey
Kesey did write two acclaimed and important novels, the powerful 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,' in which a modern psychiatric ward becomes a metaphor for oppressive American society, and 'Sometimes A Great Notion.' Interestingly, these books are not the least bit psychedelic, though their intentions are without a doubt cosmic.
Kesey later published 'The Further Inquiry,' a screenplay with many photos from the bus trip and a mostly incomprehensible plot in which Kesey, Cassady and others must testify at some sort of supernatural trial.
At the end of his life, Ken Kesey lived in Pleasant Hill, Oregon with his wife Faye, and continued to participate in occasional escapades with Ken Babbs and other long-term partners in crime.
www.litkicks.com /BeatPages/page.jsp?what=KenKesey   (625 words)

 Oregon History ProjectOHP Oregon Biographies Ken Kesey
Ken Kesey’s rise to literary and cultural prominence was the product of his distinctive skills and experiences.
Kesey became one of Oregon’s most famous, critically acclaimed, and controversial authors.
This struggle was also central to Kesey’s personal life, where he turned to psychedelic drugs to find personal liberation.
www.ohs.org /education/oregonhistory/Oregon-Biographies-Ken-Kesey.cfm   (319 words)

 Sparks fly upwards: Remembering Ken Kesey   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Ken Kesey was our instructor, and with him, we were to compose, edit and sell a novel in one school year.
Ken Kesey was the best writing instructor I've ever had, but he taught me far more about the cost of success, and celebrity; about how the pressure to produce can turn art into bars that trap the artist, about how expectation enslaves us, about how success can become failure.
Kesey's farm looked mundane -- a big red barn with a sky- blue star painted on the huge hayloft door, a cinderblock building standing at right angles, a low-slung log lodge with patched tarpaper roof sagging beside it, a moss-covered school bus rotting restfully in the swamp.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/11/30/LVGTP3AF7O1.DTL   (4837 words)

 Amazon.com: Kesey's Jail Journal: Books: Ken Kesey   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Kesey was far removed from the heart of the action during those months--he was serving out a jail sentence for his conviction on a marijuana possession charge.
Kesey managed to keep a journal of his days in confinment, pouring forth his raw emotions, vivid dreams, sometimes gentle, sometimes agressive encounters with authority figures and fellow prisoners.
Kesey wants to create, be free and play - but he must hold his mud enough to keep from losing all of his privileges; along with the book that he is making - which begins to have an importance of its own.
www.amazon.com /Keseys-Jail-Journal-Ken-Kesey/dp/0670876933   (2114 words)

 Salon.com People | Appreciation: Ken Kesey
Word of Ken Kesey's death came in under the radar last weekend, which is surprising considering the way the ebullient author rode into the American circus.
Besides, declaring Kesey's second book a failure meant that the East Coast Literary Establishment (as that posse was invariably referred to then) wouldn't have to create a new category for the writer after all.
As Kesey told an interviewer at the time, "The two Stamper brothers in the novel are each one of the ways I think I am." And for all its iconic status, "Cuckoo's Nest" looks a little stiff and one-dimensional these days: McMurphy's martyrdom is too obvious and symbolic, as is Big Nurse's smiling malice.
archive.salon.com /people/feature/2001/11/16/kesey_apprec/index.html   (729 words)

 The Ken Kesey Interview
Ken did tell me over the phone he liked this interview but felt the timing was not good with his forthcoming publications.
Ken feels that the video novel is the wave of the future exemplified by his current book,"Furthur" a story presented in a shooting script format with flip images on each corner page of Neal Cassady (once the fastest man alive) gyrating in the Eternal Now.
Ken agreed to meet with the New York media downstairs in the swamper room of Wetlands.
www.sirbacon.org /4membersonly/kesey.htm   (2419 words)

 Kesey, Ken Criticism and Essays
Meanwhile, Kesey became involved in the counterculture movement that developed in the Perry Lane area of Stanford, which was modeled after San Francisco's North Beach, the center of the Beat movement.
In 1965 Kesey was arrested for possession of marijuana but, to avoid prosecution, fled to Mexico, where he made a declaration that he was giving up writing to live his life as though it were literature.
Ken Kesey's Jail Journal was published posthumously in 2003, collecting Kesey's diary entries written during his incarceration in 1967.
www.enotes.com /contemporary-literary-criticism/kesey-ken-vol-184   (2320 words)

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