The JamBase Podcast: Ken Babbs

The JamBase Podcast: Ken Babbs

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Hearken to an interview with The Merry Prankster about his new ebook ‘Cronies’ that includes tales about Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady, the Grateful Useless and extra.

By Group JamBase Feb 3, 2022 12:42 pm PST

Episode 111 of The JamBase Podcast, a accomplice of the Osiris Media Community, options an interview with writer Ken Babbs. JamBase’s Andy Kahn just lately spoke to Babbs about his wonderful new ebook, Cronies A Burlesque: Adventures With Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady, the Merry Pranksters & the Grateful Useless.

Babbs, who’s nicely into his 80s, spoke over a video name from his house in Oregon. A lot of the interview targeted on Babbs’ ebook, which is a group of 70 essays capturing his life experiences on the forefront of the Nineteen Sixties counterculture motion with The Merry Pranksters and past.

The ebook begins in 1958 with Babbs attending Stanford College the place he met Ken Kesey, the writer of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and himself a distinguished member of The Merry Pranksters. From there, Cronies presents one psychedelic journey after one other, together with The Merry Pranksters legendary journey throughout america in 1964 on the long-lasting bus referred to as Additional (or Furthur).

Babbs talked concerning the magical voyage on the bus, which was notoriously pushed by the Beat Technology muse Neal Casady. With Cowboy Neal on the wheel, Babbs and Pranksters headed to the East Coast, setting out from California and finally assembly Beat Technology icons like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg and connecting with fellow early-LSD supporter Timothy Leary.

Babbs and The Merry Pranksters have been additionally integral elements of the Acid Assessments in California within the Nineteen Sixties when LSD was nonetheless authorized. Babbs recalled first encountering the members of the Grateful Useless, who additionally grew to become important gamers on the Acid Assessments. Babbs cast deep friendships with the Useless, and detailed his relationships with Pigpen, Jerry Garcia and others.

Among the many many issues Babbs talked about was the time The Merry Pranksters confirmed up at Phish’s live performance in Darien Lake, New York within the Summer season of 1997. Pay attention to listen to him discuss concerning the pre-show hold with the band on the bus, showing onstage as Frankenstein and extra.

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