Just received a heads up on this very exciting project. Many thanks to Rupe for spotting this and getting in touch!
So why I am so excited? How does a spoken word album of The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved, starring Tim Robbins as Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman as … well, Ralph Steadman, sound to your Gonzo ears? Believe it or not the project is almost finished and should be coming to light by either the end of the year or early 2010 on Paris Records. Michael Minzer, founder of Paris Records, recently discussed the project with the Evergreenreview, and by the sounds of it we are in for a real treat.
According to Minzer, Robbins’ take on Hunter is the best he has ever heard. He is also thinking of releasing the record on vinyl only, at least for its initial release. Whatever form the release does take it will include previously unpublished photos taken by Steadman at the Derby in 1970!
I want this now!
Check out the entire interview with Michael Minzer here, you have to scroll down half way to read about the project and see a photo of Ralph and Tim recording their parts.
Just a quick update because I am blind as a bat here at the moment. Anita has a lengthy update over at OwlFarmBlog which I am sure you will all find very interesting. It is good to hear that The Red Shark is still prowling the twisted roads of Woody Creek.
Also Wayne Ewing recalls the time he spent with Hunter & Benicio Del Toro at the Chateau Marmont over at his new vlog. Sounds like an interesting trip, I’m sure the staff there will never forget Mr. Green.
Sorry for the short post, my eye is still giving me trouble. I have been told that I require a cornea transplant. I don’t want to strain my eye so I will be keeping computer work to a minimum. I will still post updates of course, but they will be brief until I have the operation.
First off thanks for the all the good will directed my way regarding this damned eye of mine. It is on the mend slowly but surely. Secondly I just received a very interesting email from Wayne Ewing regarding a new section on his website, here are the details:
“I will be writing weekly stories about life with Hunter and the making of the films along with exclusive clips from the archives. Not unlike my old Sundays with Hunter, when for years I helped him write columns for the San Francisco Examiner and ESPN.com, except a bit less frustrating for me.
But I still miss him like many of you, especially since I’m editing a scene right now I shot with him writing one of his last columns in 2004. There are three new pieces up already one about taking Hunter to DC for George McGovern’s birthday, another about the original “Breakfast with Hunter” project and also the real story of what happened that fateful day when Hunter shot Deborah.”
Today July 18th is Hunter S. Thompson’s birthday. The Good Doctor would have been 72. I am sure that everyone will be toasting his spirit tonight in a variety of ways. Over at Anita’s website a request has been made to celebrate his memory by having a tree planted in Colorado. For full details and how to donate towards this check out Owlfarmblog
Here at TotallyGonzo we would like to mark the occasion by requesting your support in petitioning The Modern Library to induct Fear and Loathing: On The Campaign Trail ’72 into their collection. Previously they have inducted Hells Angel’s and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
To show your support for Hunter and this fantastic book please visit the link below and add your signature. Who knows maybe with enough signatures we can get something done!
Anita just posted an interesting update over at owlfarmblog. Here is what caught my eye:
“You may have heard that the Gonzo Foundation will be indeed holding a writing contest starting in the Fall, which will end with the winner’s writing published in the Magazine, and a book Contract with People’s Press.”
Ok sounds cool, but can someone fill me in a little more here??????
New from Penguin this summer is the Magnum Collection – in addition to Hell’s Angels the collection also includes The Fight by Norman Mailer, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and Hellfire by Nick Tosches.
Just came across this while browsing on Amazon. It is due to be released by Picador on October 2nd 2009 and it appears to be The Gonzo Papers Vol 1, 2 ,3 & 4 all within the one cover. It will be a paperback and a whopping 1248 pages.
What do you think? Not sure about the cover myself, kind of drab. (Maybe it is the tan colour that is putting me off – oh well minor complaint)