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  Merry Pranksters - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Merry Pranksters were a circle of people who collected around American novelist Ken Kesey who lived communally at his home in La Honda, California.
The Pranksters were heavy users of marijuana and LSD, and in the process of their journey they are said to have "turned on" many people whom they introduced to these drugs.
The Pranksters' travels continued until 1969, when the bus (without Kesey) made it to the Woodstock rock festival.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Merry_Pranksters   (386 words)

Merry Pranksters think of themselves as jukeboxes set to random play: you know what's in there, but you'll never know what's coming up next.
Merry Pranksters of the Wind can instantly recognize one of these foci, as well as the general type of oddities that surround them.
Merry Pranksters of War can impose a -2 on an enemy's attacks and defenses, provided that they are engaging them in personal combat.
www.stormloader.com /users/moelane/innomine/choirsbands/Merry-Pranksters.htm   (1915 words)

 Merry Pranksters: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The Merry Pranksters were a circle of people who collected around American[For more info, click on this link] novel novel quick summary:
A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist....
The merry pranksters were a circle of people who collected around american novelist ken kesey and writer neal cassady....
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/m/me/merry_pranksters.htm   (1270 words)

 Psychedelic 60s: Ken Kesey & the Merry Pranksters
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.
The Prankster Bus rolled up the long driveway unannounced, the Pranksters throwing green smoke bombs from the roof, blasting their crude music, and shouting from the windows.
Shown is a picture of the Merry Pranksters on the porch at the Millbrook Mansion.
www.lib.virginia.edu /small/exhibits/sixties/kesey.html   (1077 words)

 Furthur - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The bus was stripped down and remodeled inside and out for a psychedelic excursion across the country with Kesey and his Merry Pranksters on board.
The destination sign on the bus was painted to read "Further." When Kesey went to Mexico to avoid drug charges, the Pranksters took the bus down to see him, re-painting the manifest to read "Furthur" in a deliberately meek attempt at disguise.
More can be read about the adventures of the Merry Pranksters on Furthur in Tom Wolfe's book The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Furthur   (323 words)

 tHrouGh The Looking Glass - The Merry Pranksters
The Merry Pranksters as they were now known, set of across the USA filming and recording everything that happened along the way, freaking people out and turning people on.
The Pranksters headed east to the New Worlds Fair in New York and turned on thousands of bemused Americans on their way, they were untouchable and ran rings around the confused cops they encountered on their journey (remember, nothing like this had been seen anywhere on earth).
The Pranksters scared the more orthodox freaks because of their gung ho style and were subjected to considerable criticism as a result of this, but by now there was no stopping this and Stewart Brand took it to the next level by creating the now famous Trips Festival in January 1966.
www.pooterland.com /index2/looking_glass/merry_pranksters/merry_pranksters.html   (1326 words)

 Ken Kesey's Bus - Fine Art Print   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
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.
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.
Early Tests were night-time wilderness events with Day-Glo painted trees, loud music, the Merry Pranksters and random ingestion of unidentified substances.
www.wolfgangsvault.com /CatalogDetail.aspx?ItemNumber=SFT661031-02-01&ProductTypeID=FP&CategoryID=PO&aid=35254   (202 words)

 Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters
The seats were replaced by couches, many-colored iridescent day-glo sprays were applied liberally to enhance the coating, and an intricate sound and film equipment was installed, not merely for entertainment, but to document the outing.
The Pranksters' journey on the bus turned into a trip — whose general direction was suggested by the Pranksters' desire to visit, along the way, Timothy Leary and to get attuned, on the road, to the prospective meeting with the prophet of LSD.
The patriarch of the communal outing, Kesey had first come across LSD when as a graduate student at Stanford he wanted to earn some extra money on the side (he was married and the father of a boy, with another child on the way).
www.univie.ac.at /Anglistik/easyrider/data/KeseyPrs.htm   (571 words)

 Key-Z Productions Home Page
Four decades ago, the late Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters rolled across the country as psychedelic shock troops in a brightly painted bus called Furthur.
The Pranksters were lysergicized proselytizers, the transition from the Beats to the hippies, a rainbow-hued crew seeking to wake America from two decades of self-satisfied slumber.
No, the scene down in the swamp (a mercifully dry swamp, thanks to a lack of rain) was marinated in the same cheerful anarchy that Kesey and the Pranksters brought to those long ago Acid Tests.
www.key-z.com   (1189 words)

 COSMIC BASEBALL ASSOCIATION Season 2001 Pranktown Busriders
The Pranksters were back in La Honda by the end of August 1964 after having spent about $70,000 dollars and after having exposed some 50 hours of 16mm film and after having recorded endless hours of audio tape.
So the Pranksters were very much a cultural vanguard, providing a service as they carried the countercultural ball relaying it from the Beat generation of the 1950s to the hippies of the 1960s.
A painter and Prankster, he is credited with naming the Pranksters' bus "Furthur." Sebern was also an originator of the acid light show.
www.cosmicbaseball.com /01pbr.html   (2016 words)

 Acid Test Files
In 1964, novelist and agent provocateur Ken Kesey embarked on a cross-country trip with his Merry Pranksters aboard a school bus that was given a psychedelic paint job.
Pranksters wore comicbook superhero costumes and wandered around doing everything they could to make the trip weirder.
He formed a band of 'Merrie Pranksters', set up a commune in La Honda, California, bought an old school bus, and toured America and Mexico with his friends, among them Neal Cassady, Kerouac's travel companion.
www.nii.net /~obie1/deadcd/acid_test_files.htm   (4303 words)

 Ken Kesey biography, photos, links, & brief bibliography
Touring the country in 1964, the Merry Pranksters made mischief and introduced the new, wild lifestyle to the teen culture, and formed what would become a movement of peace, love and drug use, on a scale never seen before.
As driver of the bus, Neal Cassady took the Merry Pranksters to New York, where Kesey met Allen Ginsberg (who took immediately to the chaotic bunch) and Timothy Leary (another LSD legend, who took no interest in the group).
Kesey filmed much of this period, but it was Tom Wolfe who wrote about it in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, a document of his time spent with the Merry Pranksters near the end of their ride.
www.emptymirrorbooks.com /beat/kesey.html   (503 words)

 Free Speech Movement, Kent State University, Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The driver seat of the Prankster bus was occupied mainly by Neal Cassady, who had inspired Jack Kerouac's On the Road (1957) and Visions of Cody (1959).
His autobiographical The First Third underlined that Cassady indeed was Dean Moriarty, the protagonist of Kerouac's cult novel, and Cody Pomeroy, of the sprawling documentary.
The Further Inquiry, cast as a screenplay and enhanced ostentatiously by graphics, is a latter-day reassessment of Cassady's part in the undertaling.
www.owlnet.rice.edu /~mwfriedm/terms/le29.html   (748 words)

 The Eureka Reporter... Real News by Real People   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Published in 1962, the book was thought many critics as a “compelling, cautionary tale that viewed society, represented by Big Nurse Ratched, as a cold, formidable negation of all that is free, lusty and nonconformist,” states a CR news release.
Babbs, along with Neal Cassady and other Merry Pranksters, was a member of the bus ride in 1964 from California to New York.
The Pranksters sought to sample the lives of the people they met and create art from it.
www.eurekareporter.com /Stories/ae-03230508.htm   (238 words)

 Merry Pranksters of the New Economy(View) Toben Windahl   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Merry Pranksters of the New Economy(View) Toben Windahl
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You may already know the group--pronounced artmark though spelled to evoke the great capitalist mantra registered trademark--as the merry pranksters of the new economy.
www.utne.com /pub/2000_102/view/1534-1.html   (129 words)

 Merry Pranksters Djs Edinburgh Scotland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Budding web guru and official tallest Merry Prankster Bri Sexual has made the jump into cyberspace, with the launch of his new website Brinary.
The Merry Pranksters have been playing out the track for a while now, and we’re pretty confident it’s going to be big when it gets a proper release later this month.
The Merry Pranksters are playing a one-off gig in the Edinburgh festival this year.
www.merry-pranksters.co.uk   (460 words)

 AT40 Las Vegas
The event was thrown by Zane Kesey (Ken Kesey's son), the Merry Pranksters, and a few promoters with the ability to manifest the vision.
The interplay of light, performance art and music was so visceral, fluid and erotic that it wrapped me in its folds and held me there enchanted, till the wee hours.
The Merry Pranksters even got on stage at one point and did a really strange "Turn on Your Love Light" with George [Walker on the axe-a-phone].
at40vegas.com /halloween2005.html   (408 words)

 "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" Book Discussion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The Pranksters attempted to live the inner visions in outer life, breaking all the rules as the drug would break all the inner rules.
He was (at least initially) against the Merry Prankster's form of acid ingestion (unrestrained quantities in a warehouse party with lots of strangers).
One man, Bart Huges (unconnected to the Merry Pranksters) but active with the 1960s LSD "conciousness" later turned to trapanation (drilling a hole in the skull to increase blood flow to the brain).
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-chat/747488/posts   (3907 words)

 Merry Pranksters Discography
This is an attempt at a complete discography of official and semi-official Merry Pranksters record releases.
Only "core" Prankster items are included, which means the Grateful Dead's vast output isn't here, as an example.
This elaborate work is perhaps the best thing the Pranksters ever preserved on tape, at least of what has surfaced so far.
www.lysergia.com /MerryPranksters/MerryPranksters_discogr.htm   (803 words)

 Furthur: Can YOU pass the acid test?
Grok at Electric Pix of the bus and the pranksters.
This is the original "magical mystery tour" bus, used by the wonderful Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters.
The Pranksters were made famous for their acid tests, which were huge "happenings" in which the Pranksters and the audience would all participate in a night-long trip (the first raves perhaps?).
www.geocities.com /beat1ebum/further.html   (479 words)

 City of Rock Hill   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The Merry Pranksters Theatrical Troupe is the subject of “Laugh at Us”, a documentary film by Emulsion Arts, which will be shown locally on UNC-TV, cable channel 13 in Rock Hill, June 28th at 10:00 pm.
The film reveals the laughter and hard work that the troupe pours into each production, and it chronicles the experience of five Merry Pranksters and what their involvement in the troupe has meant to them.
The purpose of the documentary is to inspire and educate others to start similar drama programs for the mentally disabled.
www.ci.rock-hill.sc.us /calendar/eventdetails.asp?id=795   (176 words)

 Arts & Leisure: Alexei Khimenko and his Merry Pranksters (Nashville Scene . 10-12-98)
They're all pranksters with a penchant for disguising themselves, good guys on a quest to defy the greedy and supply the needy.
The poor citizens of Nottingham are being cheated by the conniving Sheriff, who is abusing the responsibilities awarded him by the King of England.
Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men, along with a number of Merry Women, are determined to put a stop to the corruption.
weeklywire.com /ww/10-12-98/nash_8-dance.html   (786 words)

 Fun_People Archive - 20 May - Apple's Bad Trip   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
But what surprised Kesey was that this party was produced and paid for by Apple Computer Inc., the Cupertino Company that built a counter-culture reputation for its computers in the 1970s and 1980s as strong as Kesey's Pranksters did for their causes in the 60s.
Kesey, who was headed to San Jose anyway to meet with a film producer, drove to the party from his Oregon farm in a replica of "FURTHUR", the bus the Merry Pranksters drove from Kesey's home in La Honda around the country while experimenting with LSD in the mid-60s.
Kesey the Pranksters and the bus trip were immortalized in Tom Wolfe's best selling book "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test." Kesey parked the bus in the courtyard of the convention center.
www.langston.com /Fun_People/1993/1993ADZ.html   (441 words)

 2.06: The Merry Pranksters Go to Washington
In some ways, they are the Merry Pranksters, those apostles of LSD, who tripped through the 1960s in a psychedelic bus named Furthur, led by novelist Ken Kesey and chronicled by Tom Wolfe in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.
If you want to club this Merry Pranksters metaphor to death, then Godwin has got to be the Neil Cassady of the crew.
(Cassady was the ever-present, ever-moving, bigger-than-life, bus-driving muse of the Merry Pranksters.) Godwin is a staff attorney at EFF.
www.wired.com /wired/archive/2.06/eff_pr.html   (5789 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Grateful Dead & Merry Pranksters The Acid Test Reels 1965-1967 A chronological compilation of the Acid Test recordings listed in The Grateful Dead Tapers Compendium Volume One.
In The Midnight Hour Grateful Dead & Merry Pranksters The San Francisco State Trips Festival Whatever It Is Festival San Francisco State College San Francisco, CA 10-02-66 Stereo Control Room Master (rec.
Prankster Sound Collage #3 > Prankster Raga(sequence 3) End of Whatever It Is Festival 5.
www.farreaches.org /~harlan/text/gd66-xx-xxa.txt   (317 words)

 Sites about Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters
In addition, the Pranksters perfected the art of living on the road in Furthur, the bus, which became a way of life for many of the Hippies that followed.
Also, many of the psychedelic art forms, multimedia in general, and particularly ultraviolet light and the liquid projections were experimented with at Kesey's place in LaHonda before being taken on the road for the Acid Tests.
I think that Pranksters was a bad choice of name for the group, as was Acid Test for their happenings.
wild-bohemian.com /kesey.htm   (1369 words)

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