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The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved, An Interpretation of Hunter S. Thompson

I am a fan of Hunter S. Thompson‘s gonzo journalism. The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved by Hunter S. Thompson’s first appeared in Scanlan’s Monthly in June, 1970. It is considered by many to be Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo journalism début (but one could argue that The Rum Diary (1961), which thankfully Johnny Depp resurrected for us on the screen was the origin of Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo journalism).

The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved brought us the first collaboration of Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman, solidifying the foundation between the gonzo journalist and the crazed illustrations that forever captured our visual imaginations.

Kentucky Derby

I came across a recent audio work project, The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved produced by Hal Willner, featuring the talents of Bill Frisell, Tim Robbins, Dr. John, singer Annie Ross and Ralph Steadman.  This was due to a splendid article by Geoffrey Himes about Bill Frisell, Fear and Composing in the August issue of JazzTimes.

Bill Frisell is a brilliant creative/artistic musician who is always working on multiple project initiatives. He composed a well-articulated soundtrack for the backdrop of this inventive work. He draws us in with his sonic leanings keeping us ever focused on the unfolding narrative.

Tim Robbins performs a very skilful reading as Hunter S. Thompson. He has Hunter’s voice, intonation and controlled zaniness down pat.

Set aside some quality time and give  The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved a listen on Spotify.

Various Artists – The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent And Depraved

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony 2011

One of the aspects I love about New York City is that it is the entertainment capital of the world and its closeby. I keep meaning to hop a train to Grand Central Terminal on 42nd Street and walk over to witness as a star-gazer the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony. Its held every year at the Waldorf Astoria, Wouldn’t you just love to have been invited to this gala?

The performer Inductees are:
·    Alice Cooper was inducted by Rob Zombie (White Zombie)
·    Neil Diamond was inducted by Paul Simon
·    Dr. John was inducted by John Legend
·    Darlene Love was inducted byBette Midler
·    Tom Waits was inducted by Neil Young

Ahmet Ertegun Award recipients (nonperformers):

·    Jac Holzman was inducted by John Densmore (the Doors)
·    Art Rupe was inducted by Lloyd Price

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Award for Musical Excellence (previously the Sidemen category):

·    Leon Russell was inducted by Elton John

Rolling Stone Magazine had great reportage of the event, which includes photographs and video of the evening (provided by Fuse TV who will broadcast the event on Sunday March 20th). This is my favorite photo of the night.

Paul Simon, Neil Young and Tom Waits backstage at the 26th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York City, March 14, 2011.



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Gregg Allman – Low Country Blues – Daily Post 2011 #11

Gregg Allman at New Orleans Jazz Fest

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A renewed artist with a new lease on life after a successful liver transplant, Gregg Allman takes us back to the roots of American music with a gritty collection of classic country blues covers. The winning combination of Gregg Allman with distinguished vocals coupled with the instinctual music producer with the midas touch, T-Bone Burnett offers us a unique blend of music.

The recording utilizes the formula T-Bone Burnett chose with Robert Plant and Allison Krause for the Raising Sand CD. Place the musician in a natural music setting with stylistic period musicians as the support infrastructure and explore indigenous music.

This video gives you the panorama of the making of Low Country Blues.

Gregg’s notable side musicians include Dr. John on piano , Doyle Bramhall II on guitar, bassist Dennis Crouch and drummer Jay Bellerose.

Get an early listen to Gregg Allman’s Low Country Blues for free, click on over to NPR’s First Listen….

Track List:

1. Floating Bridge (Sleepy John Estes)

2. Little By Little (Junior Wells)

3. Devil Got My Woman (Skip James)

4. I Can’t Be Satisfied (Muddy Waters)

5. Blind Man (Bobby Bland)

6. Just Another Rider (Gregg Allman & Warren Haynes)

7. Please Accept My Love (BB King)

8. I Believe I’ll Go Back Home (Traditional)

9. Tears Tears Tears (Amos Milburn)

10. My Love is Your Love (Samuel Maghett)

11. Checking On My Baby (Otis Rush)

12. Rolling Stone (Traditional)

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