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by Ed McClanahan,Ken Kesey

Four years after the legendary 1964 bus trip immortalized in Tom Wolfe's Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Ken Kesey began serving time in San Mateo County Jail for pot possession. Transferred to an experimental low-security "honor camp" in the redwood forest, he spent six months clearing brush and immersing himself in the life of the jail community, attempting to "bring light and color" to it. "This is crazier here than the nuthouse ever was," Kesey noted, and proceeded to record the scene in numerous notebooks, illustrated with intense and brilliantly colored artwork.

Upon returning to Oregon, Kesey turned the raw notebook material into an illustrated collage that stretched across dozens of 18" x 23" boards. Upon realizing that publication of the elaborate, handwritten book was more than his publisher was willing to attempt, he put it aside. Almost thirty years later he returned to the project and brought it to completion during the final years of his life. Fans of Ken Kesey's singular American voice will rejoice to hear it again in this unique and long-overdue volume. Those unfamiliar with Kesey's artwork are in for a revelation.

Download Kesey's Jail Journal: Cut the M************ Loose epub
ISBN: 0670876933
ISBN13: 978-0670876938
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Arts & Literature
Author: Ed McClanahan,Ken Kesey
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Group / Viking; 1st edition (November 2003)
Pages: 160 pages
ePUB size: 1360 kb
FB2 size: 1375 kb
Rating: 4.1
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Get ready for quite a trip...this really isn't a book, it's a time machine. Fasten your seat belt and enjoy the journey, courtesy of the one and only Ken Kesey.

Many of the icons of the counterculture movement spent 1967's famous Summer of Love in places like Swinging London, Monterrey or Haight-Ashbury. Kesey was far removed from the heart of the action during those months--he was serving out a jail sentence for his conviction on a marijuana possession charge. Thanks to his lack of a previous record, Kesey was able to do most of his time in a sheriff's honor camp, an experiment in rehabilitation nestled in the California redwoods.

Kesey managed to keep a journal of his days in confinment, pouring forth his raw emotions, vivid dreams, sometimes gentle, sometimes agressive encounters with authority figures and fellow prisoners. He supplemented his writings with a series of vivid paintings and drawings that helped capture the chaotic nature of the experience.

After his release, Kesey had hoped to publish the journal, but found that the available printing technology couldn't do his illustrations justice. By the mid 1990s, he had revived the project, and was in the final stages of preparing it for publication at the time of his death in 2001. So, if you are a lover of Kesey's works, get this volume, read it, celebrate it, and hold it close. This is a stream-of-consciousness, often profane, nakedly honest record of a pivotal summer in one of the great creative lives of the 20th century.--William C. Hall
Ken Kesey was quoted after handing out free acid at a concert, "All I could think of, if I were a cop, is I wouldn't know where to begin." That is characteristic of his life in general - where to begin. A star wrestler in college, a writer who captured a generation's rebellious spirit, head of the merry pranksters and an artist at large. I have been keeping journals for over a decade now and if anyone is interested in what I aspire to, just look at this book. His art work is almost as great as his writing. If you are to buy it, buy it for the art work, because the writing is more Beat - stream or ... steam of consciousness. It has some rather good insights at times and then there are the ramblings that a jail sentence could only produce. The lettering particularly captures the 60's style, but the work is something to enjoy. Done with water colors and colored pencils he achieves some distinction as an artist. If you are an aging hippy and want to keep a journal, this should be your paragon.
This tall tale from the late sixties concerns Ken Kesey's six month stint in jail, his 'straight time'.

In some respects this journal is a art deco paisley snapshot of an uncomfortable moment in Kesey's life. Like Leary, Ken had a good time tuning in, turning on, and dropping out, but the sub-text of this cheerily defiant counter-culture rave, like the poem at the beginning of Demon Box, is that he paid for it dearly.

That aside, Ken's writing in the jail journal as in Demon Box, was pretty damn good. Reading his clean, wry, and self-reflective prose, I wish he had continued to turn out this kind of writing (Perhaps he did?). One can only imagine the blog he would have put out.

In short, popular culture depicts the later Kesey as a kind of burnt out counter-culture warrior but these two bits of writing suggest otherwise.
Kesey is the KING. Our world needed a guy like that. GRAVY book
I recently saw the original Jail Journal on display in Eugene, Oregon at an art museum. It was filled with excellent illustrations (very 60s, of course) and some wonderful diary entries by Kesey (who really has a way with words). I had a great time reading the pages, which were arranged on the walls in order, and am going to be pruchasing this book so I can have a version at home to look at in the future.
Fun read
The illustrations are amazing, the book is full of actual diary entries and drawings, hardly any of the book is just plain text. Awesome buy.