Saturday, January 9, 2010

Sex Pistols x Ken Kesey

It's not all hippie music (Ash!) and blues here in the Brinecave. Now and then some old skool punk kicks our ear drums with it's Anti-Everything, do-it-yourself, no-talent-required arrogance. And who better to promote the demise of bland, safe, radio-friendly music and Prog Rock then the Sex Pistols and the their classic 12" vinyl single of 1977 Pretty Vacant.
Buses and music. (It's part of my daily ritual on the 333 to Brineville and back.) And remember the white punk tees with the high contrast monochromatic buses with the destinations "Boredom" and "Nowhere"? Haven't we seen them somewhere before? Hint: Legend authors Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady and Tom Wolfe?

A couple of Sex Pistols era Californian punks, gouging Huntington winter 1978.

Ken Kesey had a 1939 International Harvester school bus with the destination "Further", which he remodeled inside and out for a psychedelic excursion across the country with his Merry Pranksters on board. Beat legend Neal Cassady (featured in Jack Keouac's novel On the Road) was the driver of the famous bus on its original trip to New York for the publication of Kesey's new book, Sometimes a Great Notion
Other Further trips included an anti-Vietnam war rally in 1966 and Woodstock in 1969 (without Kesey). Check out the adventures of the Merry Pranksters on Further in Tom Wolfe's book The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test. Oh and if you don't like punk music, try The Who's 1968 hit Magic Bus.

GfG and I rode our own magic bus. Destination "Honolulu.

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