- “Wolfe is a genuine poet; what makes him so good is his ability to get inside, to not merely describe, but to get under the skin of a phenomenon and transmit its metabolic rhythm.”
- “The text equivalent to a vinyl junkie’s wet dream.”
- “A beautiful reproduction…”
Tom Wolfe. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Photographs by Lawrence Schiller & Ted StreshinskyEdition of 1,768Hardcover in a slipcase, letterpress-printed text, two different paper stocks, and tip-ins, 9.4 x 13.4 in., 6.58 lb, 356 pages700Edition: English Availability: In Stock
Collector’s Edition (No. 201–1,968), each numbered and signed by Tom Wolfe
Tom Wolfe. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Photographs by Lawrence Schiller & Ted Streshinsky700
In Full Freaking Day-Glo
Tom Wolfe’s journey to the nexus of ’60s counterculture
In this Collector’s Edition, signed by Tom Wolfe, an abridged Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is published in traditional letterpress, with facsimile reproductions of Wolfe’s manuscript pages, as well as Ken Kesey’s jailhouse journals, handbills, and underground magazines of the period. Interweaving the prose and ephemera are photographic essays from Lawrence Schiller, whose coverage of the acid scene for Life magazine helped inspire Wolfe to write his story, and Ted Streshinsky, who accompanied Wolfe while reporting for the New York Herald Tribune.
These photographs—together with those of poet Allen Ginsberg and other photographers who covered the scene—paint a vivid picture of the counterculture world that set Wolfe’s scene: acid parties near “capsule corner” in Hollywood, the hippie-filled streets of Haight-Ashbury, the abandoned pie factory the Pranksters called home, and the infamous Acid Tests, Kool-Aid and all.
Marking the year of original publication, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is limited to 1,968 signed copies, including:
Collector’s Edition of 1,768 numbered copies (No. 201–1,968), each numbered and signed by Tom Wolfe, featuring:
- Silk-screened hardcover with an embossed paper case
- Letterpress printed text on a natural uncoated paper
- Facsimile reproductions of Tom Wolfe’s manuscript pages and other period ephemera
Two Art Editions of 100 copies each (No. 1–200), both signed by Tom Wolfe and with a photographic print signed by Lawrence Schiller.
Lawrence Schiller began his career as a photojournalist for Life, Time, and Paris Match, photographing some of the most iconic figures of the 1960s, from Marilyn Monroe to Barbra Streisand, from Ali and Patterson to Redford and Newman. His book projects include five New York Times best sellers, Marilyn & Me, Barbra, and the Pulitzer Prize–winning book, The Executioner’s Song, by Norman Mailer. He has directed or produced 20 motion pictures, including the documentaries The American Dreamer and the Oscar–winning The Man Who Skied Down Everest. Among his films for television, The Executioner’s Song and Peter the Great won five Emmys.
Ted Streshinsky (1923–2003) was a photojournalist best known for his coverage of the social and political turmoil of the 1960s and ’70s in California, from migrant worker strikes to antiwar protests. His wide-ranging portrayal of the counterculture in San Francisco included the hippies, and Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters on the high-voltage night of the Acid Test Graduation.
Tom Wolfe (1931–2018) is the author of a dozen books, among them such contemporary classics as The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Right Stuff, and I Am Charlotte Simmons.
Tom Wolfe. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Photographs by Lawrence Schiller & Ted StreshinskyEdition of 1,768Hardcover in a slipcase, letterpress-printed text, two different paper stocks, and tip-ins, 24 x 34 cm, 2.98 kg, 356 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-5210-3Edition: English