Hunter Thompson and Playboy – Rejections

Marty Flynn has, as usual, outdone himself with a story about Hunter Thompson's Playboy writings and interviews. Click here to go there. However, I wanted to add a different facet: his rejections. You can read about some of them in Keep This Quiet! and Keep THIS Quiet Too! For instance, the hilarious experience with the Alpine skier turned advertiser Jean-Claude Killy and the observations Hunter drew in the rejected Killy article. But his Playboy rejections started as early on as Hell's Angels. ...
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Paul Krassner’s Second Letter

Diving into my garage boxes, I found a follow-up note from Paul Krassner that confirms what I remembered: he explains that in my absence (I was in Las Angeles with Hunter during a quick weekend visit) he sent me a letter but addressed it to the wrong person at Random House. So here is how I found out about that and - yes - I hurried down to the Obscene Letters area to rescue it and read it. True, such a section existed at Random House down in the basement. It made for amusing reading, and I kept...
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Maurice Girodias – A bit of Adventure – the Sixties

There was a time when books were regularly censored - not just in Communist countries. Right here in the U.S. Living in Greenwich Village, I made a friend of my next-door neighbor, and she in turn used to take trips to Europe in the pay of Maurice Girodias, a publisher notorious for bringing out banned books. Above is an interesting bit of memorabilia from my  Greenwich Village days that I turned up just an hour or two ago in my basement archives. The short excerpt below describes some of Mauric...
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Read These Together – Now on the 50th Anniversary!!

Hell's Angels is a consistent high seller on Amazon - even as it enters the fiftieth year since its publication. Read it with Keep This Quiet! My Relationship with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, and Jan Mensaert. This companion book narrates - sometimes in letters to me from Hunter himself - his experiences, objections and lively, pungent remarks regarding his whole Random House experience as a young author getting his first book published. And taking his first step out into the Larger W...
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Beat Scene Interview

Beat Scene is published in print in the UK by Kevin Ring. He liked Keep This Quiet! and asked for an interview. The format was that he emailed questions and I replied with fairly long answers. Here is the article, which I will transcribe as text below. But for now here it is in a pdf - very readable and opens fast: Beat Scene article
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An Interview with HST Books about the Keep this Quiet! Book Series

I am very honored to see the beautiful display Martin Flynn created and the kind words of introduction. The Q&A adds insights that his questions brought out. He is a marvelous interviewer and every Hunter Thompson fan should know his site. I also like what he does with visuals. Always a splashy page. Much for the eye. A Margaret Harrell Q&A Margaret Harrell, in my opinion is a rarity in any world, let alone the HST world. Two of her 9 or 10 books include significant fodder for ...
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Hunter Thompson and Paul Krassner

Hunter in NYC in the Sixties I met Hunter in NYC in 1967 and Paul Krassner, through Hunter, at the same time. We had dinner together and the two of them discussed a story for "The Realist," a very popular underground publication that Paul founded and edited. It was a crackling dinner, witty and fast-moving. The articles below have to do, mostly, with that time period, being mementoes or later write-ups. "Keep This Quiet!" tells the story of those days. A few of the articles below take the stor...
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Keep This Quiet!

Hunter often said Harrell was the best copy editor he’d ever worked with. --William McKeen, Outlaw Journalist But what was the rest of the story? The first book in this memoir series - Keep This Quiet! - captures the fear and loathing, charm and romance of Hunter in the late 60s. Included are genuine, funny letters Hunter sent Margaret during and after the publication of his break-out first book, Hell’s Angels. This is a perfect companion to Hell's Angels - to see some of his anguished le...
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Meeting Hunter – YouTube

Here is a YouTube clip from the Gonzo Fest Louisville 2014, compliments of filmmaker Nick Storm. After a tantalizing trailer, Nick has just put up for sale his film of selected portions of the entire Gonzo Fest 2014. Meanwhile, here are my memories of excerpted from my hour and a half presentation at Carmichael's Bookstore. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26Avx8Sk4dw
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