Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas - (1996)

FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS is an audio play, with backing music, based on Hunter S. Thompson's classic book. It was recorded to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the book's publishing. The musical background includes several classic rock songs referenced by the text. Principal cast includes: Harry Dean Stanton (narrator); Jim Jarmusch (Duke); Maury Chaykin (Gonzo); George Segal (Dr. Bloomquist); Joan Cusack (Lucy); Jann Wenner (Rolling Stone Editor); Todd Snider (Hitchhiker); Harry Shearer (Cop At Flamingo Registration, Executive Director and Police Chief At D.A. Conference, Biker At Mint 400, Lacerda, Dwarf, Sound Equipment Man, Voices Of Nixon and Walter Cronkite); Buck Henry (Desk Clerk); Jimmy Buffett (Cop In Desert). Includes liner notes by Ralph Steadman. Written by Hunter S. Thompson. FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS includes music by Jefferson Airplane ("White Rabbit"), Three Dog Night ("Joy To The World"), Brewer & Shipley ("One Toke Over The Line"), Waddy Wachtel ("Sympathy For The Devil") and Todd Snider. Two years before critics pummeled the 1998 screen version of Hunter S. Thompson's tale of drug madness in Sin City, this audio rendition of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas brought the ugly story to life. Fans of the book might prefer this recording to the film since it preserves more of Thompson's high-octane narrative. With Jim Jarmusch and Harry Dean Stanton sharing the Thompson/Raoul Duke role, this CD brings to life some of the book's more shocking scenes, making all too real what was merely amusing on the page. It's smartly done, even bringing in guitarist (and Keith Richards sideman) Waddy Wachtel to recreate "Sympathy for the Devil." But it's no substitute for the book itself.

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