UPDATE AUG: 28th – the set includes a 44-page booklet that includes track notes as well as archival photos courtesy of the Thompson estate.
Gonzo Tapes Tracklist:
Disc 1 – Hell’s Angels:
Bass Lake Run . . . Terry The Tramp Interview #1 . . . Driving Back Through Oakland . . . The Merry Pranksters Welcome The Hell’s Angels . . . It’s A Long Dirty Story . . . Ha-Ha, Not Thump-Thump . . . Terry The Tramp Interview #2 . . . Zing Zong Wing Ding Rush . . . A Question For The Ages
Disc 2 – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
We Have Seized The High Ground . . . One Toke Over The Line . . . If All Else Fails We Must Get Ether . . . In Search Of The American Dream . . . Terry’s Taco Stand, USA . . . Anybody In Search Of The American Dream Needs A Lawyer, A Doctor And A Bodyguard
Disc 3 – More Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Goddamn! This Monster’s Licking My Arm! . . . Oscar Fled In Terror . . . Drug Up . . . Weird Road . . . Across This Treacherous Sand . . . A Huge Tidal Wave Will Come In On Me Now . . . Vegas D.A. Final Notes . . . The Whole Room Is Total Chaos . . . Wenner Calls . . . With A Big “W” in 65-Pt Type
Disc 4 – Gonzo Gridlock 1973-1974
Guts Ball . . . Cozumel . . . Fear And Loathing In Acapulco . . . Freud Cocaine Papers . . . Fear And Loathing In Kinshasa
Disc 5 – Fear and Loathing in Saigon
I’m The One That’s Supposed To Be Crazy . . . Hotel Continental Palace . . . The Thursday Night Panic . . . Last Stand At Xuan Loc . . . Hong Kong . . . The Last Dispatch From Saigon
The Gonzo Tapes, a five-disc set of unreleased recordings by Rolling Stone’s own Hunter S. Thompson, will be released on October 28th. Compiled while filmmakers were producing Gonzo: The Life And Work Of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, the audio on The Gonzo Tapes was recorded between 1965 and 1975, with Thompson using the tapes to capture his thoughts and descriptions of what was happening around him or to look back at what he experienced.
Thompson’s widow granted permission to director Alex Gibney, producer Eva Orner and archivist Don Fleming to go through the tapes that were stored in boxes in the basement of Thompson’s Woody Creek, Colorado home. Disc 1 on the collection will feature Thompson’s year riding with the Hell’s Angels, Discs 2 and 3 both draw from his novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Disc 4 covers Thompson’s exploits between 1973 and 1974 and the fifth disc features his 1975 trip to Saigon. The cover features original artwork by Ralph Steadman and the package will contain essays by Gibney and Thompson’s fellow foreign correspondent Loren Jenkins. – Rolling Stone
“Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube. That is why God made fast motorcycles, Bubba…I’ve always believed this, in spite of the trouble it’s caused me.”
Hunter S. Thompson – Song of the Sausage Creature
I was lucky enough this week to pick up a copy of Cycle World from March 1995 which contained the above article from The Good Doctor in all it’s glory complete with artwork by Ralph Steadman. You can check it out in the rare articles section. In addition to Hunter’s article there is also a two page article by Brenda Buttner about her lost day at Owl Farm. Check it out below:
Also William McKeen will be signing his new book Outlaw Journalist at the following locations in Florida:
Jacksonville Book Signing
Date: Thursday, August 7, 2008
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: The Book Mark
Street: 299 Atlantic Blvd.
City/Town: Atlantic Beach,
Tampa Book Signing Date: Thursday, August 14, 2008
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Inkwood Books
Street: 216 S. Armenia Ave.
City/Town: Tampa, FL
Miami Book Signing
Date: Friday, August 15, 2008
Time: 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Books and Books
Street: 265 Aragon Ave.
City/Town: Coral Gables, FL
According to Mr. McKeen he has been asked to inscribe – “You Twisted Pigfucker!” – at previous signing events to which he obliged, so don’t hesitate to buy a copy for your Gonzo friends or enemies with a suitable inscription – I’ve always liked “Chew on this you heartless swine!”
Here are some links to recent interviews with McKeen regarding the book.