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Poster for the SF State Cafeteria Acid Test - Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 2, 1966
Poster for the SF State Cafeteria Acid Test - Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 2, 1966

The Acid Test Chronicles - Page 26 - SF State Cafeteria Acid Test- Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 2, 1966

   3 Day Acid Test event. The last real Acid Test, where the Grateful Dead actually played. The Dead missed the Acid Test Graduation on Oct. 31, 1966, and ended up playing at the "Dance of Death" at Longshoreman's Hall instead.

   "Kesey had been in Mexico eight months and was now ready to make his presence known in San Francisco. He began to make surprise public appearance in the bay area - a bold action considering his fugitive status - including one at the "Whatever It Is" festival put on by Stewart Brand." - On the Bus - Paul Perry - Page 176

   Ed McClanahan: "Whatever It Is was kind of a bullshit occasion, to tell you the truth. They smashed an old car with hammers and that kind of stuff. There was some kind of athletic event with a big weather balloon. The bus was there in a very public way, and Ken was walking around in a pork pie hat and his old beat-up sports coat, carrying a tape recorder and pretending to be collecting bird calls. Here he was, a wanted man, yet this was his disguise.
   I spent a long time wandering around with him on the San Francisco State campus. He was amazingly cool, especially considering that the police were looking for him everywhere. You know Ken though, he knows no fear.
   The Grateful Dead played that night in some ballroom and there was a campus radio station that the Pranksters had rigged up so Kesey could broadcast to the assembled multitudes; but that wasn't going to happen until very very late."

   Wavy Gravy: "I don't remember much about Whatever It Is. We ran into Owsley at the airport. He had a hollow shark's tooth filled with some stuff that he dropped on my tongue. I remember feeling extremely glint. Neal and I used to share a microphone. That's what we did at Whatever It Is. He threw a word at me and I threw a word at him. We'd create sentences and paragraphs and who knew where they were coming from.
   That was one thing about Neal, he was always about three minutes ahead of everyone else. I don't know if he was a genius, because as Thelonius Monk says, "Everybody is a genius at being themselves." But I have found that the road life is filled with people smoking at the ears to be like Neal. Little do they realize that it was hard enough for Neal to be Neal.

   Steve Lambrecht: "I was in charge of music for Whatever It Is. That was my intro into the music business, and I decided real fast I did not want to do that. Bill Graham agreed to loan us the Jefferson Airplane and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band after midnight. So we got them, free, and there was going to be an enormous jam session that was going to last all night long. It would have been really hot, but it freaked out the police so they closed it down. And that was the last major Acid Test." -- On the Bus - Paul Perry - Page 176-77

   "It was at the San Francisco State gig that Rock Skully's then-girlfriend, Valerie Steinbrecher, known as "Tangerine," remembers watching Mountain girl and Jerry Garcia "connect. As far as I know, it went boom! He played to her all night. You could feel it," she says, like a stroke of lightning. Mountain Girl had cut her long dark hair and dyed it blond. Sunshine was two or three months old, and her mother carried her around in a little straw basket. "She's an R. Crumb hippie-chick vision, swinging her bright orange bleached hair...her kid with Kesey bouncing in the basket on her back, and just beaming at Jerry," Scully recalls. Jerry had pursued this celebrated young Prankster with an intensity that was almost, but not quite, as fierce as the intensity with which he worked on a new song or chord change." -- Sweet Chaos - Carol Brightman - Page 94

Handbill (Miniature Version of Poster) for the SF Satte Cafeteria Acid Test on Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 2, 1966 -- This is the Rare Handbill. Onyl 5 are known to exist, to my knowledge. Originally, ten years ago, when the promoter surfaced and sold 3 of them, people thought that was all there were. Now the promotor has turned up two more that I know of. One is not in perfect shape, but a few of them are. This one is "dead" mint.
   Handbill (Miniature Version of Poster) for the SF Satte Cafeteria Acid Test on Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 2, 1966 -- This is the Rare Handbill. Onyl 5 are known to exist, to my knowledge. Originally, ten years ago, when the promoter surfaced and sold 3 of them, people thought that was all there were. Now the promotor has turned up two more that I know of. One is not in perfect shape, but a few of them are. This one is "dead" mint.
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Called by collectors the "X" handbill, this is the most common Acid Test item out there and the easiest to collect. Great for starting your collection off. Just make sure you get it from a trusted source. There are about 15-30 known, and not being very attractive, they are sold off easily for that reason. The are all in Mint shape, except one or two that were known to exist before the "stash" surfaced. the "stash" surfaced from the promoter of the event, which is why they are all in such great shape. It is also the reason you have to be careful to get one from a trusted source, since they can be photocopied easily, being only black and white writing. Then you have to compare it to a known guaranteed REAL one to tell the difference. The promoter had about 30 of these from what I understand. I once had 7 of them and sold each one off over time. I still have my personal one, of course.
   Called by collectors the "X" handbill, this is the most common Acid Test item out there and the easiest to collect. Great for starting your collection off. Just make sure you get it from a trusted source. There are about 15-30 known, and not being very attractive, they are sold off easily for that reason. The are all in Mint shape, except one or two that were known to exist before the "stash" surfaced. the "stash" surfaced from the promoter of the event, which is why they are all in such great shape. It is also the reason you have to be careful to get one from a trusted source, since they can be photocopied easily, being only black and white writing. Then you have to compare it to a known guaranteed REAL one to tell the difference. The promoter had about 30 of these from what I understand. I once had 7 of them and sold each one off over time. I still have my personal one, of course.
Here is the rarest version of the SF State Poster. It includes the White Sticker announcing the Grateful Dead.
   Here is the rarest version of the SF State Poster. It includes the White Sticker announcing the Grateful Dead.
Closeup of Sticker Announcing the Grateful Dead
   Closeup of Sticker Announcing the Grateful Dead
Here is the Context Magazine Back Cover. There are only 2 of these known to exist, I believe.
   Here is the Context Magazine Back Cover. There are only 2 of these known to exist, I believe.