Rare Hunter S. Thompson Documentary Surfaces on YouTube

It’s been nearly 5 years since The Good Doctor said adiós and pulled that silver trigger, bringing Gonzo to an end for good – or so one would think.

Since his suicide at his Colorado ranch, Thompson seems more present than ever. A number of competing biographies have filled the stores, several new films about the man have flickered into the theaters, DVD shelves and bit torrent sites, and nary a week goes by that we don’t stumble across some bit of news regarding the troubled production of the Johnny Depp film of Hunter’s first novel,  The Rum Diary.

In the midst of all the hubbub, I overlooked a grimy little treasure: The Crazy Never Die. Crazy’ is an odd film with a strange provenance that gives the viewer a front-row seat at a rather lucid 80’s-era university lecture by Thompson.

The Crazy Never Die was produced by the Mitchell Brothers. The Mitchell’s owned the infamous O’Farrell Theatre strip club in San Fransisco. They also produced the revolutionary, mainstream-porn hit Behind the Green Door. Thompson was a sometimes-doorman at the O’Farrell while he was researching his still-unpublished book, The Night Manager.

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Joe Nolan was born under a bad sign on June 13th in Detroit, Michigan in the last Metal Year of the Dog. Polymath, provocateur, inter-media artist, his tell-tale signs have turned up in music, visual art, journalism, poetry, fiction, video and film. A double Gemini, his interests range from the pharmacology of phenomenology to fly fishing; from mysticism to mixed martial arts; from chaos science to chaos magick. Joe Nolan's Insomnia blog republishes to some of the most read counter-culture sites on the web and the Coincidence Control Network podcast which he hosts has been downloaded more than half-a-million times.He is recording his fourth CD in Nashville, Tennessee where he lives to the east of the Cumberland river on a little wooded lot dubbed Bohemian Walnut Grove.

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7 Comments on "Rare Hunter S. Thompson Documentary Surfaces on YouTube"

  1. Joe Nolan | Aug 28, 2010 at 12:29 pm |

    This video is pretty short and it makes use of an erratic montage technique that seems to mix scenes of half-naked O'Farrell dancers with factory equipment and footage of Hunter and friends blowing stuff up. The real treat is the behind the scenes road footage and Hunter's actual lecture raps. He ruthlessly skewers Reagan and Bush senior and even takes a swipe at Gary Trudeau. Enjoy!

  2. It's been over 5 years. Hunter killed himself on February 20, 2005. I remember the day well.

  3. GREAT LINK MAN! I love the Doc! I can't wait to watch this in entirety later 🙂 Way to go!

  4. Joe Nolan | Aug 28, 2010 at 4:47 pm |

    ReV – I stand corrected. You're right. The Good Colonel Thompson died FEBRUARY 20 of 2005, making it nearly 5.5 years. As he seems to be as ubiquitous as ever, it really is hard to believe it's been that long. Thanks for the good eyes.

    Vox – I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

  5. Richard_dye | Aug 28, 2010 at 9:43 pm |

    4 comments?!? for the love of all that's wrong or right with this man (depending on your personal view on Aspen) – I really hope his work will speak for itself in due course, if it has not already, but, I hope. Only, it should have already done so – maybe those who “get it” are not all that fussed about blogging and with a little fear and self loathing luck, are out there fighting the good cause, like the good Dr. would have wished for. I wont finish by saying RIP or god rest because, well, if you know his work, you'll know why!

  6. Gemmarama | Aug 29, 2010 at 8:19 am |

    yaaas. hunter thompson for sherrif!

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