A few weeks ago I tipped you off to a box set that you might want to add to your Christmas wish-list (the Led Zeppelin Definitive Collection Mini LP Replica Box Set). Well I've got another one for those of you who are literary types: The Gonzo Tapes: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. Probably most universally famous for his novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (after which the movie of the same title was based), Thompson was also known as the creator of "Gonzo journalism", in which the reporter takes an active part in the stories that he or she is investigating and then writes about them subjectively with more focus on creative expression than simply factual accounting.
This box set includes five discs, recorded between 1965 and 1975, that contain Thompson's observations, notes, and musings while out on assignment. He would carry a tape recorder with him and record on tape his thoughts so as not to lose his ideas. This set collects some of those very personal tapes from different periods in his career. Included are his notes from the year he rode with the Hell's Angels, the notes that eventually developed into Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, notes for several articles never published, and finally notes from Saigon, Vietnam just days before its fall in 1975. Put it all together with an accompanying book of information, and here's what it looks like:
Hunter S. Thompson - Guts Ball/ There's Signs Of Group Hysteria : The Gonzo Tapes: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (Disc 4: Gonzo Gridlock 1973-1974)