Posts tagged ‘fear and loathing in america’

May 22, 2010

Hunter S. Thompson’s Ten Best Albums of the 1960s

I’ve been busy working on an essay for Beatdom #7, titled, “Hunter S. Thompson and the Music of the 1960s.”

Anyway that knows anything about HST knows that’s a pretty broad topic, with plenty of material to study. HST was a music fiend. He once said, “I’ve been arguing for years now that music is the New Literature, that Dylan is the 1960s’ answer to Hemingway.”

My research brought me across a 1970 letter that he wrote to Rolling Stone editor John Lombardi, that contains “Raoul Duke’s” ten best albums of the 1960s…

1)     Herbie Mann’s 1969 Memphis Underground

2)     Bob Dylan’s 1965 Bringing It All Back Home (especially noted as “Mr. Tambourine Man” in his letter)

3)     Dylan’s 1965 Highway 61 Revisited

4)     The Grateful Dead’s 1970 Workingman’s Dead

5)     The Rolling Stones’ 1969 Let it Bleed

6)     Buffalo Springfield’s 1967 Buffalo Springfield

7)     Jefferson Airplane’s 1967 Surrealistic Pillow

8)     Roland Kirk’s “various albums”

9)     Miles Davis’s 1959 Sketches of Spain

10)  Sandy Bull’s 1965 Inventions

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April 8, 2010

Hunter S. Thompson is Pissed Off

I got around to reading Hunter S. Thompson’s volumes of letters after working my way through Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 and Hell’s Angels.

My favourite volume is certainly The Proud Highway, as I feel it is edited better, and is more interesting to me as a young writer and editor. Thompson’s rise to fame is fascinating to follow.

Some of my favourite letters were the ones I was surprised to see included when I first read Fear and Loathing in America. I was amused by the series of angry tirades he shot off to businesses, complaining about what he perceived as a lack of quality or honesty in their services.

Perhaps the best ones relate to the TV scheduling that he thought was too low-brow. At Woody Creek Thompson was only able to receive one channel for many years, and that channel was run on a tight budget. He kept complaining that the news wasn’t shown during his (erratic) waking hours, and that certain TV shows were too stupid, and only shown because they were cheap.

I stumbled upon this recording today of Hunter S. Thompson complaining about the installation of a DVD player. It obviously lacks the eloquence of his angry letters, but not the force of vitriol.

For more HST news, please see HSTbooks.org and hunterthompsonfilms.com.