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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No Rest For The Wicked

My main luxury in those years-a necessary luxury, in fact-was the ability to work in and out of my home-base fortress in Woody Creek.It was a very important psychic anchor for me, a crucial grounding point where I always knew I had love, friends, & good neighbors.It was like my personal Lighthouse that I could see from anywhere in the world-no matter where I was, or how weird & crazy & dangerous it got, everything would be okay if I could just make it home.When I made that hairpin turn up the hill onto Woody Creek Road, I knew I was safe.”

Hunter S. Thompson – Fear and Loathing in America  

 

I was just settling into a nice dream about George W. Bush being chased out of the White House by a blood thirsty three-headed Hyena called Retirement, when I was rudely awoken by a godawful racket from the van parked in my front drive. The postman round these parts has a rude habit of blasting atrocious music at a deafening volume in the early hours of the morning. I am seriously thinking of stealing the stereo from his car or investing in a pack of vicious dogs. My mood was foul as I collected the post from the front porch but it quickly lifted when I spotted the large white envelope stamped with the Gonzo logo, sent all the way from Woody Creek Colorado. Inside was the latest issue of The Woody Creeker, which I subscribed to many moons ago. Anita sure as hell delivered on her promise to publish it when least expected 😀 The first thing that struck me was the totally cool front cover. Check it out below!

 

So who is the lady on the front cover eh? Well her name is “Jilly” and she appeared in the fourth Aspen Wall Poster, produced by Hunter and Tom Benton between January and March of 1971. It is the Aspen Wall Poster series that featured the now infamous Hunter Thompson for Sheriff poster designed by Tom Benton. There is a great article in this issue by Lynn Burton about the Wall Posters so if you want more details then pick up a copy. There is also a great interview with Tom Wolfe and a nice piece by Ralph. If you haven’t already subscribed then contact the Gonzo Store at gonzowear@gmail.com The Gonzo Store website is being revamped at the moment.

Anyway gotta run, the bats are at the window again… (seriously there is a colony of bats in my garden that appear every night all swooping around the place and driving the women crazy with fear, this is certainly Bat Country)

Ron Mexico

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Just Another Freak, in the Freak Kingdom.

“Everybody is looking for someone who can stand up in the wind. It is lonely standing up and crowded lying down. I refuse to be an anchor for other people’s dreams – but then I refuse to anchor mine to anyone else. So I have no choice but to stand up and piss into the wind.” 

Hunter S. Thompson – The Proud Highway

 

I have always liked that quote. Whenever I begin to doubt my innermost feelings and question my beliefs, I always turn to that piece of Gonzo Wisdom. The resulting effect is like pissing on an electric fence at two in the morning after a long haul in the local bar. Instant sobriety and a clarity of mind that is hard to match.

I have always viewed the internet and computers in general with a vicious contempt, a bit like my attitude towards closing hours at the local watering hole. However since my last post I have had a slight change in heart thanks to a certain member of the tribe – Brandon W. He is Anita Thompson’s editorial and research assistant and he decided to throw us all a bone here at Totally Gonzo, after our recent threat of self-mutilation and religious devotion regarding the lack of Gonzo news. Here is what he had to say regarding Anita’s upcoming book – Ancient Gonzo Wisdom: Interviews with Hunter S. Thompson

“Patience. No need for self-mutilation, your insatiable thirst for all things Gonzo is soon to be satisfied.

I’m writing in order to inform you and your readership that the galleys of the forthcoming Ancient Gonzo Wisdom: Interviews with Hunter S. Thompson, as edited by Ms. Thompson, will be available by the end of the summer. It’s a remarkable and expansive collection of interviews and conversations with The Good Doctor, ranging from 1967 – 2005. Her book is a comprehensive compilation of the most important, widely read interviews published in Playboy, Rolling Stone, Esquire and The Paris Review; but, what separates it from the rest are the rare Gonzo gems and never-before-published interviews, many of which only his wife had access. Author and essayist Christopher Hitchens is writing the forward for the collection.

In essence, Ancient Gonzo Wisdom is an oral history of Hunter S. Thompson and his era through decades of published interviews and private transcribed conversations. It contains stories, anecdotes, insights into his written craft, and social observations while magnifying Hunter’s brilliance and intellectual prowess. The book illuminates his evolution along with his determination to hold the line his entire life.

I just wanted to pass this on because this book is an important addition to Hunter’s legacy as a profound man of letters and canon of written work. Ultimately, it captures the endurance and continued importance of Hunter’s spoken words and ideas. Don’t worry – in addition to enlightening Gonzo genius, the book also contains the usual suspects: Wild Turkey, Chivas tumblers, peacocks, crooked politicians, journalism odysseys, and explosions.”

Thanks for that Brandon, it arrived just in time, I was ready to book my flight to Nepal and shave my head bald. Now thanks to your timely intervention I have booked a holiday to Spain where I plan on securing a fine bottle of black absinthe and running amok on a nudist beach. The rest of my money I will waste with pleasure.

 

Ok for Now,

 

Ron Mexico 

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