I’ve been on a Hunter S Thompson kick today. It started with reading “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved”, a fantastic piece of writing often attributed as the birth of Gonzo journalism. From there I watched numerous interviews and biographical videos on Thompson. Most are familiar with his drugy odyssey, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but most of his work is truly interesting and stylistically unique. Since he was a prolific writer in his lifetime, I assumed he wrote something germane to music. From a google search I found the following quote, credited to Thompson:
The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.
Sounds like Thompson, right? Wrong.
A bit of poking around the internet lead me to this article , which dispells the myth that Thompson said and/or wrote that quote. Searching for the origins of this quote, the author had the following to say:
It seemed a safe bet that Thompson was the guilty party, but where and when did he say it? I was beginning to despair that I’d have to pore over Thompson’s entire oeuvre page by page when I received a response to one of the queries I’d sent out to various Webmasters requesting a citation. It pointed me to Hunter S. Thompson’s book called Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the ’80s (New York: Summit Books, 1988). There, on page 43, I hit paydirt. He had written:
The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason.
I’m glad to clear up this misquotation, but I’m still on the look out for material written by Thompson on music. Anyone know any?