|news & updates / November 10, 2001|
Farewell to Ken Kesey
Ken Kesey...a counter culture icon and psychedelic legend. He was a key figure in the bridge from the beatniks on the road to the free-spirited hippies. He made a difference in American society by generally throwing aside its constraints. He was always challenging and subverting people, challenging the front of settled life.
To Drop Bass Network he was our biggest influence. His book "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was inspiration for us to rebel against and question authority. His epic 1964 cross-country trip on the Furthur bus with his band of Merry Pranksters, as celebrated in the book "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test", was the inspiration behind our four day techno campout - electric festival - family re*union. Paying homage to this journey we called our event Furthur (and later Even Furthur). "Either you're on the bus or off the bus." The tales of his LaHonda ranch offer glimpses of our cultures potential. We strive to achieve that potential today. Kesey's Acid Tests were the precursor to this rave thing that is our passion now. All night partying, non-stop music, mind altering chemicals, light shows, video projections, costumes, dancers, freak-outs...it was all there over 30 years ago. All designed to take the participants further. And for those seeking the truth and the meaning, he was one of our last frontiersmen, heading into the wilderness of ones self. A search within that we will continue.
As we bid the chief of the Pranksters farewell we thank him for adding some color to our existence and for making the world a better place. Godspeed Ken. See you on the other side.
--Drop Bass Network
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2001
Kesey's belly was hurting and the docs did a scan and found a black spot on his liver. It was cancerous but encapsulated which meant there was no cancer anywhere else. They decided to cut it out and the surgery went okay. He had sixty percent of his liver left to carry the load but in one of those dirty tricks the body can play on you everything else went to hell and this morning at 3:45 AM his heart stopped beating.
A great good
friend and great husband and father and grand dad, he will be sorely missed
but if there is one thing he would want us to do it would be to carry
on his life's work. Namely to treat others with kindness and if anyone
does you dirt forgive that person right away. This goes beyond the art,
the writing, the performances, even the bus. Right down to the bone.
-- Ken Babbs
A undated photo of American author Ken Kesey, posted in his memory on the website of his son Zane. Kesey, whose 1962 novel "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" celebrated rebellion against rigid authority and whose exploits inspired the '60s hippie movement, died on November 10, 2001. He was 66. (Zane Kesey-Handout)
and articles from around the United States and England:
Press - Novelist, 60s Icon Ken Kesey Dies