Bangkok Podcast: Jerry Hopkins Pt 2

2017-10-18T21:48:02+07:00November 13th, 2010|Bangkok Podcast Season 1, Interviews|2 Comments

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!

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  1. Chris November 18, 2010 at 6:35 am - Reply

    It was great to hear Jerry Hopkins on the Bangkok Podcast – even better to have two episodes dedicated to the man.

    I had been looking forward to hearing Jerry talking about his life in Thailand, what attracted him to the country, issues that he had when he arrived in the country, etc.

    Whilst Jerry had great stories to tell about his life in the 60s, he said at the end of the first episode (and you repeated it at the start of the second) that “I think my life today is far more interesting than my rock and roll days”.

    Why didnt you pursue this further? You guys only talked to Jerry about the Thai aspect of his life for seven minutes in the second episode. Have you read Thailand Confidential? He has great stories to tell!

    I urge you to get Jerry back on the program and find out more about his life in Thailand

    • Tony November 22, 2010 at 2:07 am - Reply

      Hi Chris, valid criticism. Since Greg and I are such music fans we got caught up in talking about the music. We’ll see if we can get Jerry back on the show to talk about his adventures in Thailand.

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