I like dirty hippies, so what?

14 Nov

The movie Magic Trip (rent-able) is not for everyone, and I fully admit that having (non-dirty) hippies for parents and the strong belief that I was meant to be a flower child contributed to my intrigue. In fact, I watched the film twice. Fascinating look at the famous, 1964 cross-country bus trip taken by Ken Kesey (author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and LSD experimenter) and his Merry Band of Pranksters (including Neal Cassady). You really feel like you are on the bus, thanks to raw footage narrated by these kids—now adults—detailing their exploration, search for freedom, relationships, and yes, acid trips. You would be wrong to assume that it’s only about drugs, though; there’s plenty about politics, the vibe of the era, Ken Kesey’s leadership, the protest movement itself and dissatisfaction/disillusionment.

So get a healthy dose … of American history. (What were you thinking?)

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One Response to “I like dirty hippies, so what?”

  1. Laura Manske November 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    Very cool, Stephanie!

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