On June 17, 1964 Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters embarked upon a trip across
the country that arguably kicked off the psychedelic era in a multi-colored school bus
dubbed "Furthur." With the 50th
anniversary of the infamous trip, which was immortalized in both song (The Who's "Magic
in literature (Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test), Kesey's son Zane and
friends are aiming to restore Ken's 1947 bus (not the same one used in 1964) for another
Zane Kesey and Derek Stevens recently launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $27,500 to
fund the excursion. The
pair are less than $3,000 away from the goal with five days remaining. Kesey aims to
document the trip and has said that those who donate at least $200 will be considered as
"extras." While Kesey hasn't revealed the itinerary for the trip, he told Vice they'll head to the Lockn' and
Phases Of The Moon festivals.
Watch the video attached to the Kickstarter campaign:
While we don't begrudge Zane from trying to round up funds to finance his trip, it doesn't
seem very '60s like to make people donate in order to be considered for a spot on the bus.
We hope once the goal is reached, Kesey and the other organizers will search out true
characters rather than just those who could afford to throw in $200 or more.
[Published on: 5/22/14]