Bangkok Podcast 26: Jerry Hopkins

If you like real music then you are in for a treat with this weeks guest as we’re very lucky to interview 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 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 his 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 on his movie about The Doors.

In the first part of our interview, Jerry talks about his days following bands around, how music culture now is different from music culture then, and shares a few choice stories about hanging out with some of the biggest names in music history.

Greg and Tony also complain about the weather and how it’s given them colds and allergies, respectively, and why Bangkok just won’t let them get better.

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