The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved

The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved

by Bill Frisell


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The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved

The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved is technically the first piece of gonzo journalism from maverick writer Hunter S. Thompson, whose loose-cannon approach to covering the 1970 Kentucky Derby for Scanlan's Monthly included never actually seeing the race, and instead documented the careening alcohol and drug-fueled world surrounding the event. Reprinted years later in Thompson's The Great Shark Hunt, it is much beloved by Thompson fans. This spoken word presentation of it actually turned out pretty interesting, with Tim Robbins turning in a wonderful reading as Thompson, and Bill Frisell's often eerie musical soundtrack making things into a kind of sound collage that somehow fits Thompson perfectly in tone and spirit. This is an audio book with some serious gonzo kick, which is as it should be.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/03/2012
Label: 429 Records
UPC: 0795041783721
catalogNumber: 17837
Rank: 213552

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Frisell   Primary Artist,Conductor
Dr. John   Actor
Hank Roberts   Cello
Annie Ross   Actor
Ron Miles   Trumpet
Curtis Fowlkes   Trombone
Doug Weiselman   Woodwind
Kenny Wollesen   Percussion,Drums
John Joyce   Actor
Ralph Steadman   Actor
Tim Robbins   Actor
Eyvind Kang   Viola
Jenny Scheinman   Violin
Will Forte   Actor

Technical Credits

Hunter S. Thompson   Composer
Martin Brumbach   Engineer
Bill Frisell   Composer
John Kilgore   Engineer,Vocal Editing
Hal Willner   Producer
Ralph Steadman   Artwork
Michael Minzer   Executive Producer,Concept
Vanessa Parr   Engineer,Vocal Editing

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