Bangkok Podcast 27: Jerry Hopkins
On this week’s show, continue our interview with Mr. Jerry Hopkins. You may not know his name right away but Jerry is a legend in the music and publishing industries. Before he retired to Thailand, Jerry was a journalist – and not just any journalist – a Rock n’ Roll Journalist! As a former editor of Rolling Stone Magazine (when it was just a wee start-up trying to sell ads), Jerry got to know some of the biggest up-and-coming names in rock n’ roll, from Jimi Hendrix to The Doors to Elvis Presley.
It was through these friendships that Jerry was able to write several of the most influential rock biographies in history, most notably the seminal work on The Doors ‘No One Here Gets Out Alive’, which was TWICE a New York Times best seller, and was used extensively by Oliver Stone when he made The Doors.
In the second part of our interview, Jerry talks about his adventures with everyone from Yoko Ono to Raquel Welch, the future of journalism, why he chose Thailand to retire in, and gives some advice to any budding writers out there.
Tony also tells us about a football (aka soccer) game that he went to recently where the fans were very well behaved… until the game finished, that is!