Hunter S. Thompson – The Burning of The Christmas Tree (A gonzo binge)

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Published on Dec 7, 2014

From HelloGiggles.Com
Rachel Paige / December 19, 2015 12:00 pm

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“This super-famous writer’s Christmas tradition was, um, setting his tree on fire”

“Hunter S. Thompson is best known for his novels, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Rum Diary (along with the movies, too) and for pioneering the style of Gonzo journalism. Now he’s also going to be known for one of the oddest Christmas traditions ever: setting your tree on fire.”

“While today we either leave our trees outside for trash day, or drop it back in the woods, or pack it up and put it in the attic because it’s a fake tree, Thompson decided to take a completely different approach to the end of Christmas. After Christmas, when it was time to take the tree down, it’s final resting place became the fireplace. Because why just leave your tree outside in the wilderness when you can watch it BURN?” Continue reading

Janis Joplin’s iconic, one-of-a-kind Porsche sold for WAY more than auctioneers expected

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Janis Joplin 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 Cabriolet
Janis Joplin 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 Cabriolet

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By Kolten Parker Updated 10:34 am, Friday, December 11, 2015

Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche, which she “drove everywhere” and was parked outside the Hollywood hotel where she died, sold for $1.76 million — more than $1.3 million more than expected — at an auction in New York City Thursday night.

The iconic 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 Cabriolet, which the Texas-born rock star purchased in 1968 and had it painted with a “kaleidoscope mural,” was a featured lot at RM Sotheby’s Driven by Disruption auction that kicked off Dec. 10.

A news release announcing the auction in September estimated the iconic ride would bring in more than $400,000, according to a news release more…


Review ‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’ reveals what drove — and haunted — Janis Joplin

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By Lorraine Ali – Contact Reporter

Photo from the movie JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE. American singer-songwriter Janis Joplin (1943 – 1970) with her 1965 Porsche 356C Cabriolet, circa 1969. The car features a psychedelic paint job by Joplin’s roadie, Dave Richards. (Photo by RB/Redferns) (RB / Redferns/Getty Images)

It’s hard to imagine in the age of Taylor, Miley and Rihanna, where airbrushed looks are paramount and rebellion is curated, that an artist like Janis Joplin was ever allowed to happen.

Imperfect and messy, she was a white girl who sang the blues, a wily independent figure who predated equal rights, an artist brave enough to lay herself bare in song then pay the ultimate price for that fearlessness.

Joplin’s name alone now serves as shorthand for a countercultural music revolution. But unlike her equally revered peers such as Dylan and Hendrix, whose life stories have been milked incessantly by filmmakers, biographers, rock historians and T-shirt franchises, there’s mystery as to who the woman behind that voice really was.

“Janis: Little Girl Blue,” out in limited release Friday, is the rare documentary that focuses solely on the life of the late singer as opposed to the role she played in making the Summer of Love, the Haight-Ashbury scene or Woodstock a precious memory for boomers.

Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg (“Deliver Us From Evil”) paints an intimate portrait of a woman shaped by her early years as a bullied outcast in Port Arthur, Texas. Though later celebrated for her inability to be like the other girls, Joplin never entirely overcame that early rejection, and her need for acceptance is a central theme throughout “Little Girl Blue.”

As the documentary shows, Joplin fought relentlessly to be herself — a rowdy and adventurous woman who literally belted out her rage, sorrow and happiness on a world stage while simultaneously asking the world to do what her classmates, parents and neighbors never could: love her for who she was. Continue reading