By David Marek
August 25, 2008
The Gonzo Tapes: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, a
five-disc collection of Thompson's frenzied ramblings, speed
freakouts, and drug-addled insights into The American Psyche will see
the light of day for the first time on Oct. 28. The tapes document
what Thompsonites consider the high point of the Dr. of Journalism's
career ('65-'75), featuring notes and interviews that led to Hell's
Angels and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, as well as numerous
unfinished or aborted articles on disparate topics like Sigmund
Freud's cocaine habit and the end of the Vietnam war. So expect a lot
of unfiltered ramblings about acid freaks, the Death of the American
Dream, marrywanna, andof courseThe Fear.
The tapes were originally uncovered when filmmaker Alex Gibney was
given permission by the Thompson estate to rummage through boxes and
boxes of Thompson's old tapes that were previously collecting dust in
the basement of Owl Farm, Thompson's "fortified compound" in Woody
Creek, Colo. The uncovered tapes include interviews with colorful
figures like The Hell's Angels' Terry the Tramp and an argument
Thompson had with Ralph Steadman, the artist that provided the
psychedelic sketches that accompany all things Thompson (including
this box set).
In other Thompson news, the new HST documentary Gonzo: The Life and
Work of Hunter S. Thompson is continuing its gradual rollout across
the US of A. (Editor's note: It's really good.) You can find a full
listing of upcoming showings here. And if the insanity of this
current never-ending slog to the White House is getting you down and
you yearn for Thompson's manic (and usually dead-on) political
predictions and analysis, Anita Thompson, Hunter's former wife and
long-time editor has taken up the Gonzo mantle and is blogging for
The Huffington Post. Whether she can live up to Thompson's penchant
for prophetic predictions remains to be seen.
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
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson on IMDb
Review: Jann S. Wenner & Corey Seymour: Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson
Review: Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson