It's time for a new episode. This one is actually the conclusion of last week's offering The Acid Test. This week's episode #15 is titled The Acid Test, Part 2: Furthur. Yes, a nice play on words. We further discussed the impact of the Acid Tests. If you don't know... Furthur is the name of Ken Kesey's infamous bus that transported the Merry Pranksters cross country and across the universe.
At the start of this episode, Shane gifted me a pair of Grateful Dead albums (like Europe '72]. Yes, on vinyl! It was out of his personal collection, which gave the records an added level of sentiment. We had a great chat about why he wouldn't want to be on the original Furthur bus and why certain aspects of the Merry Pranksters experience bothered him. We also chatted about One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and why Ken Kesey was irked at Hollywood's film version of his novel. Shane told a couple of stories about his own cross-country bus adventure and I briefly spoke about what it was like following the Grateful Dead as a teenager and being adopted by OG hippies.
Dope Media included Impolite Interviews by Paul Krassner, Eden Express by Mark Vonnegut, Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys, Europe '72 by the Grateful Dead, Free Your Mind... Or Your Ass Will Follow, and Phil Lesh's autobiography: Searching for Sound: My Life with the Grateful Dead.
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Also, here's my other Inside Dope posts, which give you a behind the scenes look at the creation of the first few episodes:
Inside Dope - Ep 2: Philip Seymour Hoffman and 90s Heroin ChicThanks for listening. Don't forget to subscribe to Dope Stories on iTunes.
Inside Dope - Ep 3: Start Up Dot Weed and L.A. Cannabis Cup
Inside Dope - Ep 4: Crack 101
Inside Dope - Ep 5: The Oxy Years
Inside Dope - Ep 6: Tripping in the House I Live In
Inside Dope - Ep 7: Greg Merson (WSOP Champion)
Inside Dope - Ep 8: Dr. Carl Hart
Inside Dope - Ep 9: Media Dope
Inside Dope - Ep 10: Ridin' Dirty
Inside Dope - Ep 11: Sean Azzariti
Inside Dope - Ep 12: International Dope
Inside Dope - Ep 13: The 4/20 Show
Inside Dope - Ep 14: The Acid Test
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