Infamous writer Hunter S. Thompson was not known for his subtle behavior. So it’s no shocker to learn that Gonzo himself wrote a fiery letter to Rolling Stone editor John Lombardo in 1970. “I resent your assumption that Music is Not My Bag,” wrote Thompson, “because I’ve been arguing for the past few years that music is the New Literature, that Dylan is the 1960s’ answer to Hemingway, and that the main voice of the ’70s will be on records & videotape instead of books.”
Within Thompson’s letter he included a list of the 10 best records of the 1960s. Thompson’s letter originally appeared in Fear and Loathing in America, and technically was attributed to Thompson’s alter-ego Raoul Duke – the eventual antihero of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Check out the original article published by Open Culture on May 15th, and don’t miss Thompson’s picks (and occasional commentary), as well as a custom Spotify playlist below!
HUNTER S. THOMPSON’S TOP 10 RECORDS of the 1960s.
10) SANDY BULL–INVENTIONS
9) MILES DAVIS–SKETCHES OF SPAIN
8) ROLAND KIRK–VARIOUS ALBUMS
7) JEFFERSON AIRPLANE–SURREALISTIC PILLOW
6) BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD–BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD
5) THE ROLLING STONES–LET IT BLEED
4) THE GRATEFUL DEAD–WORKINGMAN’S DEAD
“…the heaviest thing since Highway 61 and ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’”
3) BOB DYLAN–HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED
2) BOB DYLAN–BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME
1) HERBIE MANN–MEMPHIS UNDERGROUND
“…may be the best album ever cut by anybody”