February 22, 2005

Thunder Road By Robert Mitchum

Hunter.jpgAlthough I’m fairly late in posting, I just wanted to throw up a small tribute to the Great Man who passed away on Sunday. It’s the opening track from a compilation of his favourite songs called Where We’re You When The Fun Stopped, which was released in 1999 by Rough Trade. It’s called Thunder Road, and it’s the title track from a 1958 film, penned by and starring Robert Mitchum, which follows the story of a Kentucky moonshiner who battles US Treasury and big city mobs in a fight to keep his small-time family hooch business going. It has been called something of a “cult film”, but for people in the Appalachian region (which includes Kentucky, where Hunter S Thompson was born) this was a mainstream blockbuster; the equivalent of “Gone With The Wind wrapped with Citizen Kane”… Goodbye and mahalo, Hunter S Thompson.

Posted by Warren at February 22, 2005 09:19 PM | Obit