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By Published: February 25, 2005

I invite you to view my rebirth as a filmmaker, an EPK I did for Joe Lovano's new CD, Joyous Encounter. The CD, one of Joe's best, will be released in May and features the same Quartet from his last release, Hank Jones, George Mraz and Paul Motian.

Windows Media - Joe Lovano - " Joyous Encounter "
Real Media Version - Joe Lovano - " Joyous Encounter "


The King is Dead

I can't believe Hunter S. Thompson is gone. This is what happens as the years tick on. Our role models disappear from the living landscape. Just in the past few weeks alone, Arthur Miller and Hunter S. Thompson have left us. Great writers whose impact was significant on several generations.

For journalists of a certain age, myself included, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson was a true American icon. The Godfather of Gonzo lived as he wrote, fierce, uncompromising, and, hysterically funny at times. Fueled by a horn of plenty stocked with every mind altering subatance known to man, his working methods were sometimes excessive. Yet his prose was, more often than not, at least in his early years, brilliant. Even with the dramatic exit that assured him of the immortality on the heels of sudden death, he will be missed. Big time.

From his 20th Century American classic about the 60s, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (I hated the movie): "We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark — the place where the wave finally broke and rolled back."

Some spirits burn too brightly for their earthly vessels. Hunter S. Thompson was one such spirit. His wave has broken and rolled back, but the high-water mark he left behind lives on. We will ever see another like him?

Speaking of dramatic effect, I sometimes listen to conservative talk radio and after HST's untimely departure, I happened to tune in to the raving lunatic who bills himself as Michael Savage. This guy makes George Bush and his brethren seem as tame as swans in the morning mist. Savage, whose name is totally appropriate, spoke about the danger of men like Allen Ginsberg, and Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman and Hunter S. Thompson, and how their embrace of drugs and radical politics has totally polluted our society and brought America to the edge of destruction.

Hunter would find that most amusing. Sadly, he's gone and men like Michael Savage rule the airways. Fear and Loathing for the new millenium.

Favorite quotes from the Good Doctor...

"If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people - including me - would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism."

and...

"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."

Next time: "Why I Was Deleted From Paris Hilton's Cell Phone"



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