Hunter S. Thompson’s Gonzo Tapes Due October

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

Thoughts and more to follow…

Ron Mexico

Update: The Gonzo Tapes will be released by Shout Factory

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Jack Was Not Innocent, He Ran Over Dogs

“Jack Kerouac influenced me quite a bit as a writer…in the Arab sense that the enemy of my enemy was my friend. Kerouac taught me that you could get away with writing about drugs and get published. It was possible, and in a symbolic way I expected Kerouac to turn up in Haight-Ashbury for the cause. Ginsberg was there, so it was kind of natural to expect that Kerouac would show up too.”  

Hunter S. Thompson – Paris Review # 156

 

So I was having a browse on the net today when I discovered a great little CD called Kerouac: Kicks Joy Darkness. It is a tribute to Jack Kerouac and features contributions from the likes of Patti Smith, Johnny Depp, John Cale, William S. Burroughs, Eddie Vedder, Allen Ginsberg, Joe Strummer, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Steven Tyler and Michael Stipe. Oh and some fellow called Thompson has a piece called – Letter To William S. Burroughs And Ode To Jack. 

Enjoy!

Ron Mexico

 

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