‘Magic Trip’: Review Revue

In 1964, Beat literature icon Ken Kesey gathered his friends and favorite musicians in a bus and drove east from California to New York. That trip became legendary in American counter-culture — and the subject of journalist Tom Wolfe’s 1968 "Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" — and is now the basis for a new documentary from directors Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood. The 107-minute film is largely composed of 16 mm footage shot by passengers on the "Further" bus, and the documentary, "Magic Trip," pieces together that footage into a credible narrative.

Kesey, who died in 2001, was the author of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" and "Sometimes a Great Notion." His social circle included Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady. Read More...


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