[sixties-l] Author and hippie icon Kesey dies (fwd)

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    Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2001 12:41:33 -0800
    From: radtimes <resist@best.com>
    Subject: Author and hippie icon Kesey dies

    Saturday, 10 November, 2001

    Author and hippie icon Kesey dies


    American author Ken Kesey, who wrote the classic One Flew Over the
    Cuckoo's Nest and whose exploits spawned the hippie movement has died.

    The celebrated king of counter-culture, who was 66, died in an Oregon
    hospital following an operation for liver cancer.

    Nicholson: Starred in film adaptation of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

    Kesey found success at the age of 27 when he wrote One Flew Over The
    Cuckoo's Nest, later made into a film starring Jack Nicholson.

    It celebrated the rebellion of a group of patients in a mental hospital

    Kesey was equally well-known for his drug-infused exploits.


    In the 1960s he toured the US in a psychedelic painted bus with the
    Grateful Dead, giving away free LSD.

    His adventures were later chronicled by author Tom Wolfe in The Electric
    Kool-Aid Acid Test.

    He was jailed in 1967 for six months for possession of marijuana.

    He then retreated to his farm and family in Oregon, where he continued
    to write and made occasional appearances on stage - including ones in
    the UK.

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