Ron Whitehead

selected eletters since august 2010 to october 2010



 

 

 

Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010

dangerous places to have

sex in kentucky

 

the black mink ballet

 

 

down the stairs she comes
skin crawls on the back of my neck
her long hair pulled back in tight
knot turquoise earrings dangle from

  

her delicate lobes her black mink closes
neck to knees black high heels reflect
bright february midday sun flooding
through tall glass doors

  

her dark eyes deep undiscovered pools
of still dark water pierce my turquoise
we take each other in when fingers touch
electricity shocks in taxi her legs cross

  

and all i see is skin brown hot sun
halfway up her thigh her scent teases 
senses in large old empty Kentucky
theatre we sit on ragged velvet seats in

  

left corner of back row everything 
you always wanted to know 
about sex but were afraid to ask 
plays i put my left arm round her shoulders

  

she touches my left leg she is inside
next to wall my right hand touches her
crossed legs she uncrosses opens them
an inch with fingertips i slowly caress

  

her legs moving higher higher until i find
that under the black mink there is nothing
but the softest skin i've ever touched as the
movie opens with a doctor talking about sex

  

she unbuttons the black mink as our lips
tongues meet my hand moves up 
to her throat i hear the doctor say we will
now look through a oneway mirror

  

into a laboratory room where a man 
and a woman with wire monitors 
begin to make love their breathing quickens
ours grows deeper we take turns pulling sucking

  

each other's tongues down throats i lick her
chin her cheeks eyes forehead nose and
stick my tongue into her nostrils i lick her ears
pull each one into my mouth run my tongue in

  

clean her eardrums as my right hand caresses
her nipples breasts moves down her stomach
my left hand pulls black mink off folds it over
the back of her seat then my fingernails flow scratching

  

her head neck shoulders spine squeezing
her lower back kidneys round and round hips
down her crack she raises her left leg so my fingers
can continue and at the first hole i encounter from

  

behind i pause circling pressing the center as my
right hand moves cross her stomach in and out
her navel through the no hair i play pulling
labia my lips tongue kiss and lick

  

her breasts nipples removing traces of salt
from underneath and as doctor explains the
necessity of clitoral stimulation my hands
fingers find their way to her wetness while

  

pull her left breast deep into my mouth down
my throat my right index finger finds her flushed
clitoris and moves round round back forth up down 
as my left hand fingers spread her dripping liquids

  

all round gently stroking in out both her holes
deeper and deeper exploring touching her inner
world as her breathing quickens i take her right
breast deep into my mouth my throat then while

  

my hands caress my tongue moves to her
stomach swabs out her navel moving down until
it is licking her clitoris up and down pulling it
in sucking licking fingers deep in her when

  

she whispers in vibrating voice i want you in
my mouth i turn my hand my mouth never
stopping slowly move my feet my legs to
standing position my head between her legs

 

she undoes my pants pulls them down and
breathing hard rubs both hands under my
shirt round my chest down my back round my
hips between my legs probing my ass takes

  

me into her mouth but now my neck is about to
break so i slowly walk my feet my legs up the
chair i was sitting in up the wall behind us and
change dances from my pockets to the floor

  

making loud noise coins roll the long roll to the
front of the theatre stopping at the stage to
support myself i pull my fingers out I drink in
all her dripping flowing licking sucking probing

 

with my tongue in 69 yin yang ourobouric position
hands on armrests holding me in place in old
kentucky theatre backrow midday february 
on the screen man and woman moaning i slip

  

into another place as she pulls pulls with her
tongue mouth throat i do the same drinking
her sacred elixir as she drinks mine i run my
left hand fingers deep inside her vagina and butt

  

move my tongue quicker softer pulling her
clitoris in in and now no talking from the screen
but music music soft rhythm growing i grow 
harder pulsing throbbing as she licks sucks my balls

  

taking each into her mouth licks my ass taking
my cock back in the singing the rhythm grows
a tune I recognize a swaying dancing beat her holes
are pulsing harder harder she is dripping down

 

the chair and as i walk my tongue mouth back
to her breasts her erect nipples my hands massage
her wet vagina and with shaking knees we stand
she leans on chair in front i slide in behind and

with a finger run up her throbbing anal orifice my
lingum enters her yoni slow gentle deep faster brutal
pounding and before I move my hands to her waist
to pull push and lift her body i thrust she moves
 
her right hand to her clitoris and takes over her left
hand massaging my balls my cock both of us
breathing hard loud moaning with eyes nearly
blind rocking rolling in our heads i hear a multitude

  

singing a great dance song fills the theatre as we 
sustain climax together with blurred hazy vision i squint
just make out the stage and see jesus wilt
chamberlain patti smith swaying jesus at tenor

  

wilt at bass patti on guitar poemed chanting lightning
leading a lost beat hippie storm generations hobo choir 
asylumed souls singing sam and dave's hold on i'm comin

 

ron whitehead

revised friday august 13, 2010

 

copyright (c) 2003 & 2010 Ron Whitehead  

  

 

to check out new Ron videos go to

http://www.youtube.com/studio502sessions 

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & his Viking Hillbilly God's Open Nerve Storm Generation Allstar Band, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact Shawn Pierson, Studio 502, 502.230.1772, bookings@louisvillestudio502.com

www.louisvillestudio502.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) Gonzo (& weird)!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

to check out new Ron videos go to

http://www.youtube.com/studio502sessions 

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & his Viking Hillbilly God's Open Nerve Storm Generation Allstar Band, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact Shawn Pierson, Studio 502, 502.230.1772, bookings@louisvillestudio502.com

www.louisvillestudio502.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) Gonzo (& weird)!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2010

 

OFF THE RECORD w/Ron & WFPK DJ Marion Dries + all info on 2 release shows

 

WFPK 91.9fm www.wfpk.org Radio Louisville DJ Marion Dries will air Ron Whitehead's OFF THE RECORD @ approx 1pm EDT tomorrow monday 8/16/10 + portions of same will run thruout the week played my Marion & other WFPK DJs + plus announcements bout both 19th Green Building & 27th Rudyard Kipling Ron book/cd/dvd/videos releases listing performers will be made all week (Thanks Marion & WFPK & PRP & Gill Scott Holland & Stephanie Brothers & Amber & Patrick & everyone @ The Green Building & everyone who had anything to do with production of new book (20th)/cd (30th)/ dvd (1st) including Sarah Elizabeth & Jeff Carpenter & Stephen Kurtis (& Crew) & Pipp Pullen & Lisa K & Olafur Gunnarsson & Andy Cook & Shawn Pierson & Hunter S. Thompson & thanks to all musicians poets dancers burlesque artists & all other artists & performers participating in 19th & 27th shows & Special Thanks to Ken & Sheila @ The Rudyard Kipling, Louisville's Ryman, but even more living room hoedown getdown music poetry friendly. see you all there(s)!

order new book/cd/dvd via www.hollandbrownbooks.com or from Ron @ the shows. book him for world tour shows which he'll be doing for next year culminating next June in Morocco & Iceland. thanks!

 

Frank Messina (NYC/Jersey City/NY Mets Poet Laureate): "Ron, congratulations on what I believe is your most courageous and beautiful work, THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems. The poems are old age wisdom poems of reflection. I read the entire book in an hour. Afterwards felt a profound sense of sadness. Beautiful work, deeply touching, poignant sad, sometimes hilarious yet always brilliant.

 

I know how deeply effected you were by your daddy's death. I am glad you delved into this often avoided topic of the life cycle. You leaned in and wrestled with the beasts...and triumphed. This is perhaps your best work ever.

 

The DVD is excellently produced. Classic Ron Whitehead. Keeping the conversations with the studio engineer was a briliant idea. Hilarious moments, brilliant moments. One day beyond your time, young people will put on the DVD and see 'that Kentucky madman outlaw poet' in all his mighty glory.

 

You said you expect this to be your final work. While I hope that isn't true, it'll be a perfect conclusion to a profound and magically prolific life.

 

Congratulations and Big Hugs from your Sicilian brother in Jersey City."

Frank Messina

 

St. Louis is taking its hottest burlesque show on the road. The Show-Me Burlesque tour, curated by Lola van Ella, mixes the obligatory sexy striptease with aerial acrobatics, daring pyrotechnics, theatrical vignettes and choreographed group routines. These girls even travel with their own Chaplinesque rounder, Sammich the Tramp!

(as sneak private gift Ron will join The Show-Me Burlesque Troupe to read his Dangerous Places To Have Sex in Kentucky, for which he's received standing Os from New Orleans to Chicago to NYC to Amsterdam & beyond, while Burlesque Troupe dances in ecstatic divine bliss)

 

program for Ron's 2nd book (his 20th)/cd (his 30th)/dvd (his 1st)/plus 4 new videos (all info on 1st August 19th Green Building Event listed below):

 

THE STORM GENERATION and on parting, the wilderness poems book/cd/dvd/videos: A Gill Scott Holland & The Green Building & Holland Brown Books in conjunction with Published in Heaven & The Global Literary Renaissance & The Moving Mystery Theatre with The Rudyard Kipling

present

An Evening of Burlesque Music Spoken Word World Dance & Much More Creative Lightninged Wildness friday August 27th 2010 10pm to 1:45am @ The Rudyard Kipling, Oak Street (tween 4th & 6th Streets downtown Louisville Kentucky USA, google The Rudyard Kipling &/or Ron Whitehead &/or The Show-Me Burlesque Troupe/St.Louis for more info),

21 & over,

$10 cover plus Ron will be signing new book/cd/dvd plus other cds & books by Ron &/plus work by The Show-Me Burlesque Troupe & all other Special Guest Performers

will be available throughout the evening for sale plus bar and restaurant will be open all evening:

 

Sex & Spirit Life is A Tangent All is One

An Evening of Tantric Burlesque Spoken Word Dance Music

featuring:

 

10-10:45pm = Ron's daughter Rani read poem dedicated to her Dad then Ron welcome/intro then Ron & Gnuma middle eastern groove band featuring Andy Cook percussion & didgeridoo & James Vaughn cello & Ray Wegimont guitar with Special Guests Frank Messina (NY Mets Poet Laureate) & Scott Moore violin/fiddle & Scott Mertz guitar/vocal & Russel Hulsey poem & Sylvia Walters one song & Justin Lewis one song & Dean McClain one poem & WFPK 91.9 www.wfpk.org Radio Louisville DJ Marion Dries doing 2 songs with Gnuma (plus week before she'll be playing Ron's Off The Record all week starting monday 8/16 @ 1pm EDT) plus world dancers Rebekah Trigg & Angela Wood accompanying throughout then

 

10:45 -1:45 = The Show-Me Burlesque Troupe/St. Louis (you ain't seen nuthin like this before. and secret is that Ron will join the dancers to read Dangerous Places To Have Sex in Kentucky)

 

Artists exhibiting work for show: Russel Hulsey, Scott Shuffitt, Andy Cook, Shawna Khalily, Howard Wilson, Jeremy Dixon, Emil Walton

 

Special Thanks to Ken & Sheila & everybody at The Rudyard Kipling, Gill Scott Holland & Stephanie Brothers & Patrick & Amanda & everybody at The Green Building & Holland Brown Books & to Stephen Kertis & Crew & Jeff Carpenter & Al Fresco Studios & Pip Pullen & Sarah Elizabeth Burkey & Lisa K Worley & Andy Cook and Hunter S. Thompson & Michael Pollock & Shawn Pierson & Daddy & Mama & everyone who finds the courage to be their dream.

 

Official photographers = Brook & Ulysses Sandidge

Official filmmakers = Amanda Arnold & Scott Shuffitt   

 

Olafur Gunnarsson (Iceland): Ron Whitehead's newest book/cd/dvd, THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, is by far his finest work...and anyone who contradicts that is a damn fool...if such a fool exists. The Storm Generation has truly been born!

 

Michael Dean Odin Pollock (Iceland/Utangardsmenn/Outsiders/voted Iceland's Beswt Rock Group 20th Century): Listening to Ron Whitehead's new CD, THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems (Book/CD/DVD) reminds me of the Magick & Significance of the Oral Tradition that is Ancient VERY prominent in Icelandic texts & Sufi Joujouka Music and Ron's mam o man i gotta say that his new DVD really hit me in that deep deep place...all ego and Self conciousness laid aside it remimded me that Ron & the forces he is channneling which incude his army of guardian angels equals makes Ron one of the Greatest Poets of he 20th Century...i know its the 21st Century now but i don't run on linear time i got one foot in this world & one in the next i am out on the bridge & Brother Ron thanx for reminding me concerning death & loss as i watched my ma & pa & several close freinds go in the last coupla teared years...i dont have too much earthly ambition left but my conviction is reafirmed by watchin this STORM GENERATION DVD that when i die i wanna die ALIVE :-))))))"

Gill Scott Holland, The Green Building, and Holland Brown Books www.hollandbrownbooks.com (to order copies or purchase them @ Ron's shows), in conjunction with Published in Heaven, The Global Literary Renaissance, and The Moving Mystery Theatre,

is proud to present the 1st of 2 Louisville Kentucky releases of

Ron Whitehead's new book (his 20th)/cd (his 30th/dvd (his 1st)/

plus 4 new videos.

THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems

 

the 1st official release will take place thorsday August 19th 2010 from 5:50-8:30pm at The Green Building, 732 East Market Street, Louisville Kentucky (2nd release will be held on August 27th @ The Rudyard Kipling. that Press Release will be sent out within 24 hours). seating capacity @ The Green Building is only 75 so please arrive a few minutes early. the event is free and open to the public. a brief Q&A then hors d'oeuvre/red wine reception & book signing will follow.

list of the following live performances plus art work:

 

5:50-6:10pm = Karen Brumley will play bagpipes during arrival of guests.

6:10pm = brief welcome from Gill Scott Holland and Ron Whitehead

6:12-6:20 = Tyrone Cotton, 2 songs

6:20-6:30 = Paul K, 2 songs

6:30-6:35 = Russel Hulsey, 2 poems

6:35-6:45 = Scott Mertz, 2 songs

6:45-6:55 = Hannah Daugherty & Sarah Ward = 2 accapella mountain songs

6:55-7 = Rani Whitehead Newman, poem intro for her Dad

7-7:30 = Ron reads from new book accompanied by Middle Eastern groove band GNUMA featuring Andy Cook (percussion & didgeridoo), James Vaughn (cello), Ray Wegimont (guitar) with special guests Scott Moore (violin/fiddle), Karen Brumley (bagpipes), and world dancers Rebekah Trigg & Angela Wood.

7:30-7:45 = brief Q&A with author Ron Whitehead

7:45-8:30 = food/wine/book signing hangoutology

 

Artwork by Scott Shuffitt, Russel Hulsey, Howard Wilson, Emil Walton, Shawna Khalily, Andy Cook, Jen Burks, Jeremy Dixon.

 

Official photographers = Jen Burks & Brook & Ulysses Sandidge

Official filmmakers = Amanda Arnold & Scott Shuffitt

 

Special Thanks to WFPK 91.9 www.wfpk.org Radio Louisville DJ for playing Ron's Off The Record entire week starting 8/16/10 plus Marion will be performing 2 songs @ 2nd book/cd/dvd release August 27th @ The Rudyard Kipling.

 

Special Thanks to Mary Popham for wonderful Courier-Journal review of Ron's new book/cd/dvd. Rave reviews are coming in from round the planet.

More, by John Rocco/NYC & others round world, on the way.

After these 2 Official Releases, with the help of Ron's new booking agent/manager, Shawn Pierson, and with the help of everyone at Holland Brown Books Ron will be doing a local regional national international yearlong tour, performing with musicians and bands wherever he travels, culminating June 2011 in Morocco (with The Joujouka Musicians in The Rif Mountains) & Iceland (where he'll co-produce the 1st ever Storm Generation Festival with Olafur Gunnarsson, Iceland's leading novelist, and other Icelandic friends who are some of Iceland's, and the world's, leading poets writers musicians filmmakers photographers). After the festival Ron will climb The Viking Mountain again.

 

Special Thanks to Gill Scott Holland for inviting Ron to do this project, and to Stephanie Brothers, editor, to Patrick Bourland, assistant editor, to Amanda and everyone at The Green Building & at Holland Brown Books & to everyone involved in the production of this creative project, which is unlike anything Ron has ever done, and they are Stephen Kurtis & Crew for recording, editing, and mastering the DVD and the 4 new Ron videos, to Jeff Carpenter @ Al Fresco Studio for recording, mixing, & mastering the CD, to Sarah Elizabeth Burkey for graphic design and layout, to Pip Pullen for graphic art on the book, cd, and dvd, and to Ron's new booking agent/manager Shawn Pierson. Special thanks to Andy Cook for Ron photo Edinburgh Scotland War Poets Tour & to Lisa K Worley for photo of Olafur Gunnarsson and Ron at foot of Viking Mountain and Special Thanks to my friend Hunter S. Thompson for words on back cover of book: "I have long admired Ron Whitehead. He is crazy as nine loons and his poetry is a dazzling mix of folks wisdom & pure mathematics." Special Thanks also to Olafur Gunnarsson, Michael Pollock, & Gregrory Chaney for inspiration, and to Daddy, now residing on the other side, yet everpresent, and to Mama, the two best parents anyone could ever hope to have.

Be Your Dream!!!!

Life is a Brief and Precious Gift. No Complaints, only Thanks!

I Thank All of You with All My Heart!!!!!

Ron Whitehead

8/10/10

see you on the 19th. 


to check out new Ron videos go to

http://www.youtube.com/studio502sessions 

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet and damn proud of it

give me honesty freedom & liberty or give me death

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

to check out new Ron videos go to

http://www.youtube.com/studio502sessions 

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & his Viking Hillbilly God's Open Nerve Storm Generation Allstar Band, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact Shawn Pierson, Studio 502, 502.230.1772, bookings@louisvillestudio502.com

www.louisvillestudio502.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) Gonzo (& weird)!!!!!!!!!

 

Ron's new book reviewed in todays 7/31/10 Courier-Journal, Kentucky's main newspaper.

 

The Courier-Journal

Saturday July 31, 2010 (Daddy would have been 82 today. he crossed over a year ago. what a precious gift to receive this review on his birthday!)

 

(front section of Courier, inside back cover, book review page)

 

Keith Runyon, editor

 

(photo of front cover of Ron's new book)

 

Ky. poet's

collection

filled with

longing

 

By Mary Popham

Special to The Courier-Journal

 

BOOK REVIEW

 

The Storm

Generation

Manifesto

By Ron Whitehead

Holland Brown

First edition in-

cludes audio

recording and film

of the recording

and interviews

58 pp. $25.00

to order go to

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

1st book release at

The Green Building

E. Market Street Louisville

August 19th 6 to 8pm.

2nd book release at

The Rudyard Kipling

Oak Street Louisville

August 27th 10pm to 1:30am

 

The voice of the narrator in

"The Storm Generation

Manifesto; and On Part-

ing, The Wilderness

Poems," by Kentucky poet Ron

Whitehead, is of loneliness and

longing. Sometimes his words

are like memory seizures, burst

from a light strobe. One such

poem that I find particularly

intriguing is an alphabetical

listing in "woodsmoke." With

no punctuation, the word choice

is not for the images alone but

also for the sounds of the syllables.

A flash, a signal, and then the word

is overtaken by another - like

woodsmoke itself:

 

"amethyst asphodel azure bronze

   copper

diamond dust ebony emerald

   gold indigo 
jade jasper lavender opal pearl

   pine resin

sapphire silver turquoise water

   wine woods woodsmoke"

 

   Whitehead's poetry often re-

peats thoughts of Daddy, Mama,

dreams, home at last, home to

home, going for home - sur-

rounded by other wistful, nostal-

gic images: a coal-train whistle, a

farmhouse, railroad tracks and

rusted bridge, a bobwhite, songs

filled with love, a bamboo pole

and catfish.

   This poet has traveled all

across America from the foun-

tain in St. James Court, Louisville

to far countries, giving more than

6,000 readings. In Russia, Ice-

land, England, Ireland, Scotland

and Nicaragua he searches for

spiritual brothers, "cosmic

grace." He met His Holiness The

Dalai Lama and co-wrote "Never

Give Up":

 

"...Too much energy in the

   world

Is spent developing the mind

Instead of the heart

Develop the heart..."

 

   Whitehead co-wrote this col-

lection's title poem, "The Storm

Generation Manifesto," with Ice-

landic novelist and friend Olafur

Gunnarsson, during a climb to

the top of The Viking Mountain

in Iceland. It speaks to the gentler

side of "the honest, fierce, brutal"

poets to expose the "non-violent

spiritual warriors." Excerpts

from this long poem:

 

"...we are creative expression

we blow away lies and injustice

...we are kind

we have soft hearts...we are

   God's open nerve..."

 

   One of my favorite poems, ti-

tled "go down," may have come

from this trip to Iceland. Like

many other poems in the book, it

is very small with a huge mes-

sage: "sometimes necessary/ to

go down/ when climbing/

mountain."

   But the book ends with a very

long poem, "The Revolutionary

Theatre of the Divine Imagina-

tion." It is a longing, a prayer, a

dedication for "all who find the

courage to be their dream." For

the full impact of the poet's per-

formance skills, the first edition

includes a CD and DVD.

 

Mary Popham is a writer and critic

who lives in Louisville.

 

 

 

 

 

to check out new Ron videos go to

http://www.youtube.com/studio502sessions 

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it

give me honesty freedom & liberty or give me death!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & his Viking Hillbilly God's Open Nerve Storm Generation Allstar Band, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact Shawn Pierson, Studio 502, 502.230.1772, bookings@louisvillestudio502.com

www.louisvillestudio502.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) Gonzo (& weird)!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2010

 

one of the last great truthtellers

 

for paul k, the godfather of rock

 

if you whoever you are come

to the rock n roll round table

 

if you whoever you are come

with even an ounce a glimmered

 

trail of lingerin whippin post fear

loathing well rock n roll now grown

 

mannish boy son of black delta and

white hillbilly blues hellyes they had

 

a wildass night in memphis and birthed

an even wilderassed baby they christened

 

rock n fuckin roll beethoven roll over and

dig this shit yes this mannish boy changed

 

everything for everybody even those weaklings

like you who resisted outta fear couldn't go

 

go go with the flow of rock n fuckin roll the

real deal the language of angels a gift to us

 

humans wailin moanin ecstatically joyfully

here in these human forms but always listenin

 

listenin with every atom of our beings listenin

crankin it up all the way till we blow our eardrums

 

and the windows all the way all the way breakin

on through to all the other sides well hellyes all

 

you status quo suburban fearfilled weaklings

rock n fuckin roll ain't no polite pc tea party parlour

 

tricks dog n pony phariseed phoneyass show no

go go go pull your pants down and let the lice out

 

no oh hellno don't cause i'm sure the fresh air would

kill you just fuckin go get your weak lame ass outta

 

here cause rock n roll be bout lettin go goin with the

flow the river's flow the flow of life of the universe of

 

truth rock n roll be holy dark light taoed paradoxed

truth bout lettin go all that is false all the lies the

 

brainwashed bullshit bout settin ourselves free to be

our dreams regardless of the fucking consequences

 

give me honesty freedom liberty & rock no roll or

give me death let it all hang out question everydamnthang

 

truth really is a pathless land find out for yourself what

that means don't follow anybody but the music the

 

rock n roll channeling from angel realms through your

heart crank it up all the way beyond listening to feeling

 

to breaking glass to vibrating walls cells beings to

intergalactic interdimensional travel music takes us

 

there go go go coast to coast ghost to ghost go go

be like paul k like me be one of the last truthtellers

 

we all be dirty potatoes floating in the same tub of

water and the more we bang into each other by

 

openly honestly sharing the poems stories events

songs of our lives the more we come clean the

 

more we respect and honor our beautiful differences

while simultaneously realizing recognizing that we

 

have much more in common than we have different

music the wildness the terribly beautiful crazy wisdom

 

of music reminds us of who we are the truth of our

inner most interconnected beings we are so much

 

more than our physical bodies so much more than

the physical world that's why we turn to music to

 

rock n roll no matter what emotional state we find

ourselves in from despair to ecstasy and everything

 

in between we always turn to music sweet song

we sing with angels we sing and remember as

 

paul k does in his poemed songs that the poet

the poemed singer songwriter must be enemy of

 

the state reminding forever reminding the greed

powermongers that be that power corrupts that

 

we are all in this together all one no servants no

leaders all one eye to eye shoulder to shoulder

 

so keep singing prophetic poemed anti-government

love songs rockin in the free world celebratin

 

truthtellin no matter the consequences get ready

for the bullet it's already on the way to dance in

 

your skull so forever have the fearless rock n roll

courage yes i'm talkin to you you young punk you

 

ancient young poet singin prophet always rantin

n ravin tellin it like it is keep on singin keep on

 

rock n rollin in the free world cause it never ends

we always gotta fight not only for the right to party

 

we gotta perpetually even after we're livin bein our

dream we gotta still every damn moment fight for

 

the right to be ourselves to be freebirds lonely

tightrope walkin wires of desperation in a doomed

 

gloomed land only salvation music rock n roll saves

us from ourselves from death in life and remember

 

paul k remember one of the last great truthtellers

standing there all alone on that hill determined

 

to keep singin whether anyone listens whether

anyone gets it whether anyone cares anymore

 

there he is standing alone lonely forlorn poet singer

prophet shaman crucibled fire breathin dragon

 

truthteller tellin it like it is regardless of anything

regardless of the bullet on the way from round the

 

corner soon plantin itself rollin round n round

inside his gone baby gone skull but for now fearless

 

alone he stands on the mountaintop so young ones

remember truthtellin wasn't born in a day it took

 

lifetimed years of pain sufferin drinkin druggin

usually with gun at temple or in mouth tween shots

 

of tequila and snorts of cocaine and everything else

imaginable to ease the pain of life of livin but somehow

 

always findin always findin a way determinedly refusin

to bow down never givin up always keepin on so now

 

i see you paul k one of the last truthtellers far away on

that mountain you've pulled yourself yet again outta the

 

muddy ditch wiped the pig shit from your eyes you reach

down pick up your guitar and slowly stand stand straight

 

tall and step step step back up onto the road slide into

your rusted turquoise '46 dodge pickup with the hole next

 

to the gearshift which you drop your cans and bottles

through as you head always headin cross one country

 

or another usually westward headin to the next gig into

the sunset sunset sunset you paul k one of the last

 

truthtellers tall lean sometimes mean meaner than any

rattlesnake sometimes killing them the rattlesnakes

 

drinkin their blood chasing always chasin it with

shot of lightnin or whatever other electric drink you

 

can find and there you are now in that old pullin

hard to the left turquoise '46 dodge pickup truck

 

headed west into the sunset one more time singin

poems the godfather of rock detroit new york city kentucky

 

the netherlands preachin singin like nobody preaches

like nobody sings dangerous lethal poems so my old

 

outlaw friend keep on keepin on rockin truthtellin in the

fadin fadin fadin dusky old nearly gone freeworld

 

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it

give me honesty freedom & liberty or give me death

8/18/10

aha

 

copyright (c) 2010 Ron Whitehead



 

to check out new Ron videos go to

http://www.youtube.com/studio502sessions 

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it

give me honesty freedom & liberty or give me death!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & his Viking Hillbilly God's Open Nerve Storm Generation Allstar Band, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact Shawn Pierson, Studio 502, 502.230.1772, bookings@louisvillestudio502.com

www.louisvillestudio502.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) Gonzo (& weird)!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

to check out new Ron videos go to

http://www.youtube.com/studio502sessions 

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it

give me honesty freedom & liberty or give me death!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & his Viking Hillbilly God's Open Nerve Storm Generation Allstar Band, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact Shawn Pierson, Studio 502, 502.230.1772, bookings@louisvillestudio502.com

www.louisvillestudio502.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) Gonzo (& weird)!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

to check out new Ron videos go to

http://www.youtube.com/studio502sessions 

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it

give me honesty freedom & liberty or give me death!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & his Viking Hillbilly God's Open Nerve Storm Generation Allstar Band, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact Shawn Pierson, Studio 502, 502.230.1772, bookings@louisvillestudio502.com

www.louisvillestudio502.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) Gonzo (& weird)!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2010

 

wednesday august 25th
holler poets series 28
featuring
emma bolden
outlaw poet ron whitehead with

musical accompaniment by cynthia norton
also music by holler
limited open mic starts show

8pm
Al's Bar
6th and Limestone
Lexington Kentucky

to check out new Ron videos go to

http://www.youtube.com/studio502sessions 

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it

give me honesty freedom & liberty or give me death!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & his Viking Hillbilly God's Open Nerve Storm Generation Allstar Band, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact Shawn Pierson, Studio 502, 502.230.1772, bookings@louisvillestudio502.com

www.louisvillestudio502.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) Gonzo (& weird)!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

to check out new Ron videos go to

http://www.youtube.com/studio502sessions 

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it

give me honesty freedom & liberty or give me death!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & his Viking Hillbilly God's Open Nerve Storm Generation Allstar Band, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact Shawn Pierson, Studio 502, 502.230.1772, bookings@louisvillestudio502.com

www.louisvillestudio502.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) Gonzo (& weird)!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2010

 

for Immediate Release:

 

An Evening of Tantric Burlesque Music Dance Art Photography Spoken Word

celebrating the release of Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead's

THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems

Ron's 20th book, 30th cd, 1st DVD, plus 4 new videos

 

Friday, August 27, 2010
The Rudyard Kipling

422 W. Oak Street

Louisville, Kentucky

502 636 1311

www.therudyardkipling.com

www.themotherlodge.com

$10 cover

10pm-1:45am

 

featuring NYC Mets Poet Laureate Frank Messina, Tyrone Cotton, The Show-Me Burlesque Troupe, Marion Dries, Justin Lewis, Dean McClain, Gnuma (middle eastern groove band with Andy Cook percussion & didgeridoo & James Vaughn cello & Ray Wegimont guitar), Russel Hulsey, Rebekah Trigg & Angela Wood (& her snake), Rani Newman Whitehead, Scott Moore,

& Cynthia Norton with Ron Whitehead 

plus

art & photography by Russel Hulsey, Emil Walton, Scott Shuffitt, Frank Messina, Howard Wilson, Cynthia Norton, Andy Cook, Jeremy Dixon, & more.

 

film & photography by Amanda Arnold & Scott Shuffitt

 

Special Thanks to Ken & Sheila & everybody at The Rudyard Kipling, Louisville's Ryman Auditorium (only better). Special Thanks to Gill Scott Holland for bringing out my new book/cd/dvd/videos. I'm deeply honored humbled and appreciative of/by the beautifully produced work which is unlike anything i've done before. Special Thanks to Gill & Augusta & Holland Brown Books & everybody at The Green Building & everyone involved in the production distribution & sales of my newest work (& upcoming world tour) including Stephanie Brothers (editor), Patrick Bourland (assistant editor), Amber, Stephen Kertis & Kertis Creative Crew for DVD & 4 new videos, to Jeff Carpenter & Al Fresco Studios for recording mixing mastering new CD, to Sarah Elizabeth for layout & graphic design, to Pip Pullen for front & back book cover & CD & DVD graphic art, to Lisa K Worley for photo of Olafur Gunnarsson & me at foot of The Viking Mountain in Iceland, to Andy Cook for photo of me in Edinburgh Scotland (with McBeth's castle behind me, while on War Poets Tour in Europe with Frank Messina & Sarah Elizabeth & Andy Cook), to Hunter S. Thompson for his generous words bout me & my work (on back cover of book), to my new booking agent/manager Shawn Pierson, to David Amram & Frank Messina & Gregory Chaney & Olafur Gunnarsson & Michael Dean Odin Pollock & Scott Mertz for inspiration, and, finally, Special Thanks to Daddy (crossed over a year ago) & Mama, to my brother Brad and sisters Paddy & Edie & Robin & Velvet (& their/our families), to my children Nathanial & Rani & Dylan & grandchildren Roz & Max (& to their our families including Nancye & all her our family), to all my family and friends allies guides angels round the world (& in all realms of being, seen & unseen) for the gift of love and inspiration. I'm deeply honored by all of life, every person being event moment, past present future, seen & unseen. I have no complaints, only thanks.

Thank You. All of You. See you at the show(s)(this side & the other(s)!!!!

    

to check out new Ron videos go to

http://www.youtube.com/studio502sessions 

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it

give me honesty freedom & liberty or give me death!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & his Viking Hillbilly God's Open Nerve Storm Generation Allstar Band, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact Shawn Pierson, Studio 502, 502.230.1772, bookings@louisvillestudio502.com

www.louisvillestudio502.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) Gonzo (& weird)!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

to check out new Ron videos go to

http://www.youtube.com/studio502sessions 

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it

give me honesty freedom & liberty or give me death!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & his Viking Hillbilly God's Open Nerve Storm Generation Allstar Band, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact Shawn Pierson, Studio 502, 502.230.1772, bookings@louisvillestudio502.com

www.louisvillestudio502.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) Gonzo (& weird)!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

to check out new Ron videos go to

http://www.youtube.com/studio502sessions 

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it

give me honesty freedom & liberty or give me death!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & his Viking Hillbilly God's Open Nerve Storm Generation Allstar Band, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact Shawn Pierson, Studio 502, 502.230.1772, bookings@louisvillestudio502.com

www.louisvillestudio502.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) Gonzo (& weird)!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2010

 

An Evening of Tantric Crazy Wisdom Wildness Burlesque Music Dance Art Spoken Word (God bless anybody who misses this show)

celebrating the release of Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead's

THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems

Ron's 20th book, 30th cd, 1st DVD, plus 4 new videos

 

tonight August 27, 2010
The Rudyard Kipling

422 W. Oak Street

Louisville, Kentucky

502 636 1311

www.therudyardkipling.com

www.themotherlodge.com

$10 cover

10pm-1:45am

 

featuring NYC Mets Poet Frank Messina, Tyrone Cotton, Scott Mertz, Cynthia Nelson, Dean McClain, Russel Hulsey, Sylvia Walters, Rani Newman, Rebekah Trigg, Angela Brown (& her snake), Danielle Vertrees, Samantha The Hawk Hawkinson, The Show-Me Burlesque Troupe, Justin Lewis, Gnuma (middle eastern groove band with Andy Cook percussion & didgeridoo & James Vaughn cello & Ray Wegimont guitar), Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & more 

plus

art by Russel Hulsey, Emil Walton, Scott Shuffitt, Frank Messina, Howard Wilson, Cynthia Norton, Andy Cook, Jeremy Dixon, & more.

 

film & photography by Amanda Arnold

 

Special Thanks to Ken & Sheila & everybody at The Rudyard Kipling, Louisville's Ryman Auditorium (only better). Special Thanks to Gill Scott Holland for bringing out my new book/cd/dvd/videos. I'm deeply honored humbled and appreciative of/by the beautifully produced work which is unlike anything i've done before. Special Thanks to Gill & Augusta & Holland Brown Books & everybody at The Green Building & everyone involved in the production distribution & sales of my newest work (& upcoming world tour) including Stephanie Brothers (editor), Patrick Bourland (assistant editor), Amber, Stephen Kertis & Kertis Creative Crew for DVD & 4 new videos, to Jeff Carpenter & Al Fresco Studios for recording mixing mastering new CD, to Sarah Elizabeth for layout & graphic design, to Pip Pullen for front & back book cover & CD & DVD graphic art, to Lisa K Worley for photo of Olafur Gunnarsson & me at foot of The Viking Mountain in Iceland, to Andy Cook for photo of me in Edinburgh Scotland (with McBeth's castle behind me, while on War Poets Tour in Europe with Frank Messina & Sarah Elizabeth & Andy Cook), to J. B. Wilson for front cover photo of Ron performing with his last band SOUTHSIDE @ ear@-tacy records & to my friend Hunter S. Thompson for his generous words bout me & my work (on back cover of book), to my new booking agent/manager Shawn Pierson, to David Amram & Frank Messina & Gregory Chaney & Olafur Gunnarsson & Michael Dean Odin Pollock & Scott Mertz for inspiration, and, finally, Special Thanks to Daddy (crossed over a year ago) & Mama, to my brother Brad and sisters Paddy & Edie & Robin & Velvet (& their/our families), to my children Nathanial & Rani & Dylan & grandchildren Roz & Max (& to their our families including Nancye & all her our family), to all my family and friends allies guides angels round the world (& in all realms of being, seen & unseen) for the gift of love and inspiration. I'm deeply honored by all of life, every person being event moment, past present future, seen & unseen. I have no complaints, only thanks.

Thank You. All of You. See you at the show(s)(this side & the other(s)!!!!

    

to check out new Ron videos go to

http://www.youtube.com/studio502sessions 

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it

give me honesty freedom & liberty or give me death!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & his Viking Hillbilly God's Open Nerve Storm Generation Allstar Band, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact Shawn Pierson, Studio 502, 502.230.1772, bookings@louisvillestudio502.com

www.louisvillestudio502.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) Gonzo (& weird)!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

to check out new Ron videos go to

http://www.youtube.com/studio502sessions 

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it

give me honesty freedom & liberty or give me death!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & his Viking Hillbilly God's Open Nerve Storm Generation Allstar Band, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact Shawn Pierson, Studio 502, 502.230.1772, bookings@louisvillestudio502.com

www.louisvillestudio502.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) Gonzo (& weird)!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

to check out new Ron videos go to

http://www.youtube.com/studio502sessions 

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it

give me honesty freedom & liberty or give me death!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & his Viking Hillbilly God's Open Nerve Storm Generation Allstar Band, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact Shawn Pierson, Studio 502, 502.230.1772, bookings@louisvillestudio502.com

www.louisvillestudio502.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) Gonzo (& weird)!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

to check out new Ron videos go to

http://www.youtube.com/studio502sessions 

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it

give me honesty freedom & liberty or give me death!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & his Viking Hillbilly God's Open Nerve Storm Generation Allstar Band, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact Shawn Pierson, Studio 502, 502.230.1772, bookings@louisvillestudio502.com

www.louisvillestudio502.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) Gonzo (& weird)!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

Date: Sun, 29 Aug 2010

 

for Immediate Release:

 

An Evening of Outrageous Music & Spoken Word & Who Knows What Else

with Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & his Viking Hillbilly God's Open Nerve

Storm Generation Apocalypse Rattlesnake Blood Drinking chasing it

with Shots of Lightning Allstar Bands

 

celebrating the release of Ron's new book (his 20th)/cd (his 30th)/dvd (his 1st)

THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems

published by Gill Scott Holland & Holland Brown Books

Special Thanks to Gill Scott Holland & Stephanie Brothers (editor) & Patrick Bourland (assistant editor) & Stephen Kertis (dvd & 4 new videos) & Jeff Carpenter/Al Fresco Studio (cd) & Sarah Elizabeth (layout & graphic design) & Pip Pullen (graphic art) & Lisa K Worley (for photo of Olafur Gunnarsson, Iceland's leading novelist, & Ron @ foot of The Viking Mountain in Iceland) & Andy Cook (for photo of Ron in Edinburgh Scotland w/McBeth's castle in background, on War Poets Tour) & J.B. Wilson (for photo of Ron performing w/SOUTHSIDE @ earX-tacy records) & to Hunter S. Thompson for words bout Ron & his work on back cover of book & to Matthew Dace Landen/Derby City Espresso & to all the bands & poets & musicians performers for kickingass blowing roof off the joint making it real. if it ain't real it ain't no fucking deal. see you all @ the show.

 

Derby City Espresso

East Market Street

Louisville Kentucky

 

1st Friday Gallery Hop

8pm-2am

September 3, 2010

no cover

8-8:10pm: Ron welcome
8:10-8:25: Rani Newman

8:25-9:10: Ron Whitehead w/Cynthia Nelson

9:10-9:55: Justin Lewis

9:55-10: Samantha The Hawk Hawkinson

10-10:45: Lonely Mountain

10:45-11: Russel Hulsey

11-11:45: Cynthia Nelson

11:45-12:30: Onward Pilgrim

12:30-1:30: Lotus Blake

 

books cds dvds sex by all (well nearly all) performers will be available for purchase

 

for more info contact Ron Whitehead

email ron@tappingmyownphone.com

cell 502 475 7772

 

to check out new Ron videos go to

http://www.youtube.com/studio502sessions 

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it

give me honesty freedom & liberty or give me death!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & his Viking Hillbilly God's Open Nerve Storm Generation Allstar Band, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact Shawn Pierson, Studio 502, 502.230.1772, bookings@louisvillestudio502.com

www.louisvillestudio502.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) Gonzo (& weird)!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

to check out new Ron videos go to

http://www.youtube.com/studio502sessions 

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it

give me honesty freedom & liberty or give me death!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & his Viking Hillbilly God's Open Nerve Storm Generation Allstar Band, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact Shawn Pierson, Studio 502, 502.230.1772, bookings@louisvillestudio502.com

www.louisvillestudio502.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) Gonzo (& weird)!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2010

 

hello my dear family & friends. within the hour i'll be moving to new address:

 

Ron Whitehead

919 Cherokee Road

Louisville, Kentucky 40204

cell (same) 502 475 7772

email (same) ron@tappingmyownphone.com

website www.tappingmyownphone.com (need new webmaster)

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

publisher (& friend) of my new book (20th) cd (30th) dvd (1st) & 4 new videos

Gill Scott Holland, The Green Building, and Holland Brown Books

is giving me poet apartment bachelor hangoutology pad on East Market Street (across from Mayan Gypsy Cafe. the place doesn't have an address). this will be interim apartment for six weeks. then.

Howard & Nancy Wilson (above address) are building me Ron Poet bachelor hangoutology pad on side of their beautiful big home lower Cherokee Road, 5 houses from Cave Hill Cemetary, where i can stay rest of my life if i want. i'll have my own private entrance. they've already bought me new bicycle and color tv plus fixing it up beautifully. i told Gill & Howard & Nancy that i ain't no freeloader and so we've already worked out or are working out barter deals. having grown up on farm barter is only economy i choose to live by. so. within hour i'll be moved to East Market. excited. bout time. thankful for everything. no complaints. only thanks. hope to practice some hangoutology with all of you soon. and hope to see all of you friday night 1st friday gallery hop @ Derby City Espresso where i'm doing show 8pm to 2am totally diverse all kinds bands musicians poets artist wildness mayhem breaking shit birthing dying. real life. real art. no phoneyass academic shit. see you there.

love

Ron, outlaw poet & damn proud of it

to check out new Ron videos go to

http://www.youtube.com/studio502sessions 

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it

give me honesty freedom & liberty or give me death!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & his Viking Hillbilly God's Open Nerve Storm Generation Allstar Band, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact

Ron Whitehead, cell 502 475 7772 or email ron@tappingmyownphone.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) Gonzo (& weird)!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

to check out new Ron videos go to

http://www.youtube.com/studio502sessions 

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it

give me honesty freedom & liberty or give me death!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & his Viking Hillbilly God's Open Nerve Storm Generation Allstar Band, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact

Ron Whitehead, cell 502 475 7772 or email ron@tappingmyownphone.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) Gonzo (& weird)!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Date: Sat, 11 Sep

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Announcing the 1st ever annual GONZO Festival paying tribute to and honoring the life, work and legacy of one of the greatest most fearless writers of all time, Louisville’s own native son Hunter S. Thompson.

Saturday October 16, 2010 from Noon till 2AM at The Monkey Wrench. 

1025 Barrett Avenue Louisville KY 40204 Phone (502) 582-2433

Tickets for the Rain or Shine event are $12.00 in advance for General Admission or $15.00 day of the event for the entire show. VIP ALL Access $75.00 includes complimentary Food and Beverage for entire Fest. Tickets available @ earX-tacy records, The Monkey Wrench and online @ www.eTix.com

 

This will be an international event / happening / celebration featuring Hunter's widow Anita Thompson and some of the best local bands, musicians, singers, spoken word poets, authors, visual artists, dancers, speakers, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers, and DJs. The final mind-blowing lineup (which includes Scott Carney of Wax Fang, The Fervor, The Workers & many many others) will be announced within 72 hours plus there will also be special unannounced surprise guests.

 

Hunter S. Thompson films and documentaries will be shown non-stop throughout the festival.  A Mural of Hunter S. Thompson, created by Louisville’s Andy Cook, will be revealed during the festival. Gonzo works, Resistance Art and Hunter memorabilia will also be on display paying honor to our Local Legend.

 

GONZOFEST is brought to you by producers Dennie Humphrey, owner of The Monkey Wrench, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead, and with Associate Producers Tisha Dean of Beerhouse Distributors and Flying Dog Ales, Scott Shuffitt, & others to be announced.

 

Kyle Meredith, WFPK Radio Louisville Program Manager and Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead will MC the event. Ron will also perform with his new band Onward Pilgrim.

 

Executive Producer Holland Brown Books.

 

Festival Filmmakers and Photographers: Amanda Arnold, Ryan Armbrust, & others to be announced.

 

Sponsored by: Beerhouse Distributors & Flying Dog Ales (all Flying Do Beers including event exclusives will be on tap), The Monkey Wrench, Holland Brown Books, Published in Heaven, The Global Literary Renaissance, The Moving Mystery Theatre, DiY Productions, Club 502, earX-tacy records, Monkey Drive, & more to be announced. 

 

July 2, 1960, From Bermuda 23 Years old:

 

“If I could think of a way to do it right now, I’d head back to Louisville sit on the porch drinking beer, drive around Cherokee Park for a few nights, and try to sink back as far as I could into the world that did its best to make me. It’s not hard to get tired of interminable palms and Poinciana and I could do at the moment with a single elm tree on a midnight street in the Highlands.” Hunter S. Thompson 

“I have long admired Ron Whitehead. He is as crazy as nine loons, and his poetry is a dazzling mix of folk wisdom and pure mathematics.” Hunter S. Thompson

                                                    "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me." Hunter S. Thompson

 

                                                    "An outlaw can be defined as somebody who lives outside the law, not necessarily against it. By the time I wrote HELL'S ANGELS I was riding with them and it was clear that it was no longer possible for me to go back and live within the law. There were a lot more outlaws than me. I was just a writer. I wasn't trying to be an outlaw writer, I never heard of the term, somebody else made it up. But we were all outside the law, Kerouac, Miller, Burroughs, Ginsber, Kesey, me. I didn't have to gauge as to who was the worst outlaw. I just recognized my allies, my people." Hunter S. Thompson

 

"Who the fuck do you think wrote THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS, a bunch of stone sober clerics?" Hunter S. Thompson

 

to check out new Ron videos go to

http://www.youtube.com/studio502sessions 

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it

give me honesty freedom & liberty or give me death!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & his Viking Hillbilly God's Open Nerve Storm Generation Allstar Band, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact

Ron Whitehead, cell 502 475 7772 or email ron@tappingmyownphone.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) Gonzo (& weird)!!!!!!!!!

 




to check out new Ron videos go to

http://www.youtube.com/studio502sessions 

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it

give me honesty freedom & liberty or give me death!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & his Viking Hillbilly God's Open Nerve Storm Generation Allstar Band, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact

Ron Whitehead, cell 502 475 7772 or email ron@tappingmyownphone.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) Gonzo (& weird)!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2010

 

Ron on the Big Fucking Cross



Art consists in going the full length.
If you start with the drums you
have to end with dynamite, or TNT.
       --Henry Miller

Failure has been my greatest success.
       --Ron Whitehead



       This book is small but mighty, short but gargantuan.  It’s Ron’s Bomb.  It’s the TNT Miller spoke of and it’s Ron Whitehead’s greatest success.  The Storm Generation Manifesto, and On Parting, the Wilderness Poems is a condensation, distillation, diamond heart explosion of all of Ron Whitehead’s words.   Ron Whitehead is one of those writers whose books are all connected, like Joyce or Kerouac, whose books formed  legends, Dedalus and Duluoz:  legends based on the lives of their authors.    All of Ron Whitehead’s writing is about his life, his fight, his fierce defiant loving struggling spirit.  The Storm Generation almost begins with his death after he climbs the Viking Mountain in Iceland:

                       At the top, three times I was nearly blown off
                       to my death.  I crawled behind the giant boulder
                       at the top of the mountain and for fifteen minutes
                       I had a non-stop series of epiphanies.  Then I stood
                       up, faced the howling screaming wind, uncorked my
                       1.5 liter bottle red wine (which is all I had in my
                       backpack), drained half of it, thanked the fierce
                       Norse Gods for finally accepting and embracing me.
                       Then I made my descent.

His descent is this book:  violent, swirling manifestos calling for the death of the dead and the life of THE STORM:

                             we are more than the eye of the storm
                                      we are THE STORM
                                          we refuse
                                we will not bow down
                               we will never give up
                                 we are God’s open nerve
                                 we are God’s open nerve
                              we are The Storm Generation
                                  we are The Storm
                                             The Storm

It is a STORM filled with the explosive poetic energy that has always filled his work from the experimental Bildungsroman and pulsating rock ‘n’ roll confession  Beaver Dam Rocking Chair Marathon to his live performances and recordings.  It is God’s open nerve slashed wide open with love, compassion, refusal, acceptance, red wine, and Kentucky.
Then there are the fragile little poems that almost fall apart in your fingers, poems about loss, about the death of his father, about love in the empty face of nothing.  My favorite is one rooted in Kentucky, the land that gave birth to Ron and the land that gave life and loss and poetry to Whitehead:


                                              learning to talk with crows



                                    a long time ago in a land far away
                       in the wooded wilderness of my pioneer Kentucky boyhood
                             Daddy taught me how to talk with crows
                              His foot on the one he shot a murder of them circling above


Talking to crows is what Ron does throughout his poetry, throughout his performances, throughout his books from Beaver Dam through THE STORM.  The good Doctor was right, of course, when he described Ron’s poetry as a “dazzling mix of folk wisdom and pure mathematics.”   With this book and with all the books and poems behind it, Ron joins Thompson and Kerouac on the road, in what Lawrence Ferlinghetti once described as a “continuing tradition in American writing, going back to Walt Whitman and Poe and Jack London, beyond the Beats, who were only one phase of this literature, continuing today in new outsiders.”  THE STORM!
       Ron Whitehead is Huck Finn all growed up and Ishmael back from the boat. He is Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier of Poetry, singing and dying a glorious death every time he writes a line.  And every time he reads a line. Of all our great poets, Ron is the one you really need to hear read his own work—his voice is rough music from a tender heart. That’s why the DVD/CD that accompanies THE STORM is much more than a supplement to the book:  it is its voice and face.  THE STORM!
       My favorite Ron Whitehead story has to do with Jesus.  Ron once took a job playing Christ in a local church.  It was for money, of course, and Ron fit the part. They tied him to a cross and he hung there as the suffering Christ.   As THE STORM of suffering rock ‘n’ roll crow talking, Ron fit the part. But later, after they let him down from the cross, Ron got in trouble with the church because of the red wine he had with him. I think he got fired because of it.  He got fired for the wine he took to the top of  Tha Viking Mountain and shared with the Norse Gods. He was fired as Christ but he is always on the BIG CROSS called Poetry Kentucky America THE STORM.
       I once nominated Ron for the Nobel Prize in Literature.  I hereby nominate him for the BIG FUCKING CROSS we all carry but only he can climb.
       THE STORM!



John Rocco
    --Queens, NYC
      September 4, 2010

 

Dr. John Rocco
Associate Professor of Humanities
SUNY (State University of New York Maritime)
James Joyce scholar John Rocco is the author of The Nirvana Companion, The Beastie Boys Companion, The Doors Companion, The Grateful Dead Companion, and other Schirmer Books. He is completing a volume on James Joyce. His novel Fur was released in 2005. He is a critic for American Book Review and numerous other literary and music publications



 

1st ever International GONZO FESTIVAL celebrating the life & work of 

Louisville Kentucky's native son Dr. Hunter Stockton Shaman Thompson

saturday october 16, 2010 noon to 2 or 3 or 4am @

the new International GONZO Hangoutology Headquarters 

The Monkey Wrench, 1025 Barrett Avenue, Louisville Kentucky 40204 usa

phone 502 583 2473, www.monkeywrench.net

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & Onward Pilgrim, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact

Ron Whitehead, cell 502 475 7772 or email ron@tappingmyownphone.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) GONZO!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

1st ever International GONZO FESTIVAL celebrating the life & work of 

Louisville Kentucky's native son Dr. Hunter Stockton Shaman Thompson

saturday october 16, 2010 noon to 2 or 3 or 4am @

the new International GONZO Hangoutology Headquarters 

The Monkey Wrench, 1025 Barrett Avenue, Louisville Kentucky 40204 usa

phone 502 583 2473, www.monkeywrench.net

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & Onward Pilgrim, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact

Ron Whitehead, cell 502 475 7772 or email ron@tappingmyownphone.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) GONZO!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Announcing the 1st ever International Annual GONZO FESTIVAL paying tribute to and honoring the life, work and legacy of one of the greatest most fearless writers of all time, Louisville’s own native son Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.

Saturday October 16, 2010 from Noon till 2 or 3 or 4AM at Dennie Humphrey's The Monkey Wrench.

this first ever, then annual, GONZO FESTIVAL launches Dennie Humphrey's The Monkey Wrench as International Gonzo Hangoutology Headquarters. giant Hunter mural (by Carol McLeod, Andy Cook, Evan Leibowitz, & Alexander King) will be unveiled as part of the Festival, which will birth International Gonzo Hangoutology Headquarters Monkey Wrench Park. next year life size bronze statue of Hunter will be unveiled plus billboard with KEEP THE HIGHLANDS GONZO emblazoned on it. 

The Monkey Wrench, 1025 Barrett Avenue, Louisville KY 40204 Phone (502) 582-2433. www.monkeywrench.net  

Tickets for the Rain or Shine event are $12.00 in advance for General Admission or $15.00 day of the event for the entire show. VIP ALL Access $75.00 includes complimentary Food and Beverage for entire Fest. Tickets available @ earX-tacy records, The Monkey Wrench and online @ www.eTix.com

 

This will be an international event / happening / celebration featuring Hunter's widow Anita Thompson and some of the best bands, musicians, singers, spoken word poets, authors, visual artists, dancers, speakers, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers, and DJs including Scott Carney of Wax Fang, The Galoots, John Yarmuth, The Fervor, The Workers, Gatewood Galbreith, Tyrone Cotton, Nerves Jr., The Commonwealth, Ultra Pulverize, Bad Reeds, The Deloreans, Russel Hulsey, Your News Vehicle, Gnuma, Lotus Blake, Brigid Kaelin, Brett Eugene Ralph with Jacklyn Mareau, Paul K with Jon Ashley, W. Loran Smith, Susi Wood, Ed McClanahan, John Gage, John Paul Wright, Kent Fielding, Ninnie, Eric Sutherland (Holler Poets), Marion Dries, Laura Shine, Woodrow on The Radio & Matt Anthony, Six White Horses, Glasspack, Ray Rizzo & Traci Timmons, The Java Men, King Kong, 23 String Band, Jak Son Renfro & Serpent Wisdom, Rani Bri Newman, Dean McClain, Rob Zoschke, Charlie Newman, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & Onward Pilgrim, Kelly Render Wilkinson, J.B. Miller, Johnny Sands, Sarah Elizabeth Burkey, Justin Lewis, Angela Wood (& snake), The Ghost of Rebekah Trigg, Danny O'Bryan, High Water Mark, William Sovern, Rob Z, James Davis, Joe Manning, Thomas A. Minor & The Picket Line, Dylan Browning Whitehead, Gui Stuart, Nancy Wilson, Soul River Brown, Shelley Vaughn Hora, Matter of Chance, Bradford Nathanial Whitehead, Dave Nichols, Divinity Rose, John Hagan, Samantha The Hawk Hawkinson, Matthew Landen,

plus The Everything GONZO Art Show (curated by Andy Cook) with works by Russel Hulsey, Howard Wilson, Christopher Felver, Scott Shuffitt, Emil Walton, Jeremy Dixon, Shelly Vaughn Hora, Paul Paletti, Erin Fitzgerald, Jamie Lynn Smith, Elizabeth Windisch, Rebekah Trigg, Angela Wood, George Scott, Ragen Daly, William Brandum, Wilfred Sieg III, & Scott McCrory.

many other participants to be announced plus there will also be special unannounced surprise guests.

 

Hunter S. Thompson films and documentaries will be shown non-stop throughout the festival. 

 

GONZOFEST produced by Dennie Humphrey, owner of The Monkey Wrench & Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead with Associate Producers Tisha Dean (Beerhouse Distributors and Flying Dog Ales), Scott Shuffitt (The Lebowski Festival), Joe Wembling, & others to be announced.

 

Kyle Meredith, 91.9fm www.wfpk.org WFPK Radio Louisville Music Director and Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead will Host the event. Ron will also perform with his new band Onward Pilgrim.

 

Executive Producer Holland Brown Books, www.hollandbrownbooks.com (publisher of Ron's newest THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems book(20th), cd(30th), dvd(1st, plus 4 new videos), @ The Green Building. 

 

Festival Filmmakers and Photographers: George Parker Jr. & KyGREENtv www.kygreen.tv & The Louisville Film Society, Christian Hansen, Amanda Arnold, Ryan Armbrust, Shelley Vaughn Hora, James O'Hayer & others to be announced.

thursday October 14, 2010 Live in-store GONZO FESTIVAL performance @ earX-tacy records Bardstown Road featuring many of the GONZO FESTIVAL performers plus talk/reading/signing by Anita Thompson of ANCIENT GONZO WISDOM: Interviews with Hunter S. Thompson and GONZO WAY: A Celebration of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.

plus. announcements regarding other GONZO FESTIVAL related happenings to be announced.

 

Sponsored by: Dennie Humphrey's The Monkey Wrench, Beerhouse Distributors & Flying Dog Ales (all Flying Dog Beers including event exclusives will be on tap), Holland Brown Books, earX-tacy records, The Lebowski Festival, Old Town Liquors, Heine Brothers Coffee, Guitar Emporium, Leatherhead, The Louisville Film Society, Published in Heaven, The Global Literary Renaissance, The Moving Mystery Theatre, DiY Do it Yourself Productions & more to be announced. 

 

July 2, 1960, From Bermuda 23 Years old:

 

“If I could think of a way to do it right now, I’d head back to Louisville sit on the porch drinking beer, drive around Cherokee Park for a few nights, and try to sink back as far as I could into the world that did its best to make me. It’s not hard to get tired of interminable palms and Poinciana and I could do at the moment with a single elm tree on a midnight street in the Highlands.” Hunter S. Thompson 

“I have long admired Ron Whitehead. He is as crazy as nine loons, and his poetry is a dazzling mix of folk wisdom and pure mathematics.” Hunter S. Thompson

                                                    "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me." Hunter S. Thompson

 

                                                    "An outlaw can be defined as somebody who lives outside the law, not necessarily against it. By the time I wrote HELL'S ANGELS I was riding with them and it was clear that it was no longer possible for me to go back and live within the law. There were a lot more outlaws than me. I was just a writer. I wasn't trying to be an outlaw writer, I never heard of the term, somebody else made it up. But we were all outside the law, Kerouac, Miller, Burroughs, Ginsber, Kesey, me. I didn't have to gauge as to who was the worst outlaw. I just recognized my allies, my people." Hunter S. Thompson

 

"Who the fuck do you think wrote THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS, a bunch of stone sober clerics?" Hunter S. Thompson


"As for my perspective of the world and my writing, drugs usually enhance or strengthen my perceptions and reactions, for good or will. They've given me the resilience to withstand repeated shocks to my innocence gland. They've given me the strength to deal with the shocking realities guaranteed to shatter anyone's beliefs in the higher idealistic shibboleths of our time. Anyone who covers his beat for twenty years, and that beat is 'The Death of The American Dream', needs every goddamned crutch he can find."

     Hunter S. Thompson

 

"Everybody is rolling over in an age of cowardice, fear, greed. You can fight city hall, and you can beat the system. People are getting afraid to try. I couldn't have told you what the Fourth Amendment was until I got rolled over by that gang of white trash pig D.A. investigators that came to my house. Refusing to plea bargain and choosing to face a sixteen-year prison term in court until all charges were dropped, it was as much fun as I ever had in my life. I think it's something people should do and be able to do, just say Fuck You. You're the ones who broke the law, you came into my house."    Hunter S. Thompson

 

The Dark and Bloody Ground

 

by Russel Hulsey

 

Hunter Thompson's Louisville!

Gus Van Sant's Louisville!

Will Oldham's Louisville!

Ron Whitehead's Louisville!

Jim James' Louisville!

Sam Gilliam's Louisville!

Tim Krekel's Louisville!

Will Russell's Louisville!

Thaniel Ion Lee's Louisville!

Sean Garrison's Louisville!

Gill Holland's Louisville!

Jason Noble's Louisville!

Leslie Lyons' Louisville!

Thomas Merton's Louisville!

Harlan Hubbard's Louisville!

Hunter Thompson's Louisville!

Gus Van Sant's Louisville!

Will Oldham's Louisville!

Ron Whitehead's Louisville!

Jim James' Louisville!

Hunter Thompson's Louisville!

Hun

 

 

to check out new Ron videos go to

http://www.youtube.com/studio502sessions 

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it

give me honesty freedom & liberty or give me death!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & his Viking Hillbilly God's Open Nerve Storm Generation Allstar Band, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact

Ron Whitehead, cell 502 475 7772 or email ron@tappingmyownphone.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) Gonzo (& weird)!!!!!!!!!

 



1st ever International GONZO FESTIVAL celebrating the life & work of 

Louisville Kentucky's native son Dr. Hunter Stockton Shaman Thompson

saturday october 16, 2010 noon to 2 or 3 or 4am @

the new International GONZO Hangoutology Headquarters 

The Monkey Wrench, 1025 Barrett Avenue, Louisville Kentucky 40204 usa

phone 502 583 2473, www.monkeywrench.net

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & Onward Pilgrim, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact

Ron Whitehead, cell 502 475 7772 or email ron@tappingmyownphone.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) GONZO!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

1st ever International GONZO FESTIVAL celebrating the life & work of 

Louisville Kentucky's native son Dr. Hunter Stockton Shaman Thompson

saturday october 16, 2010 noon to 2 or 3 or 4am @

the new International GONZO Hangoutology Headquarters 

The Monkey Wrench, 1025 Barrett Avenue, Louisville Kentucky 40204 usa

phone 502 583 2473, www.monkeywrench.net

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & Onward Pilgrim, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact

Ron Whitehead, cell 502 475 7772 or email ron@tappingmyownphone.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) GONZO!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010

 

Kentucky Reclamation

 

for Hunter S. Thompson & Dennie Humphrey

& all The Wanderering Children of The Mark of Cain Clan

the Real People The Real Creative Artists who

continually fight for the right to party & the right

to be ourselves!!!!!!! Long Live GONZO!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Quebec and Lowell and NYC & San Fran & Orlando have Jack Jack I said

burn baby burn King of The Beats Jack Kerouac On The Road give me the wild ones

 

Paterson & New York City & Boulder have Allen Allen

I said Kaddish Allen Ginsberg I see the best fearless minds Howl baby Howl

 

St. Louis NYC Mexico City Tangier Paris NYC Lawrence The Bunkered Toad Clan has

William William yes dammit I said The Exterminator William S. Burroughs Naked Lunch

 

Italy France NYC North Carolina San Francisco has Lawrence Lawrence

I said dammit listen to me look deep into my eyes & listen I said

 

City Lights Bookstore & Books Mecca for independent thought thinkers

iconoclasts disappearing truthtellers 1st paperback bookstore in the usa on the farout

 

left coast 261 Columbus Avenue North Beath San Francisco I said dammit

the most important living poet on the planet today 92 years old but still hanging

 

come on Lawrence hang on with my friend John Tytell's help got him nominated

for the Nobel Prize in Literature which he deserves more than anyone just like

 

Ginsberg & Burroughs did & others Gary Snyder Wendell Berry others that

for whatever reason were considered too radical like me & all the fuck we want

 

to do & have devoted our lives to is to make the world a better place in which

to live for all of us & so like The Dalai Lama & Gandhi & Mother Teresa

 

& Rumi & Mama & Daddy & Thomas Merton & Gregory Chaney & William Blake

& Edgar Cayce & Muhammad Ali & Neal Cassady & Gregory Corso &

 

Diane di Prima & Anne Waldman & Ken Kesey & The Merry Pranksters which

includes yes our own my dear friends Ed McClanahan & Guerney Norman &

 

James Baker Hall & oh dear Great Spirit oh Creative Forces of The Universe whoever

the hell it is keeps sending me us poems & songs thank you i love you i love you

 

which brings us now finally to the time to closing time closing time in Louisville

Kentucky Louisville Kentucky & its about damn beyond time beyond closing time

 

where is time well the time the closing time has finally come at last arrived for us

to reclaim to refuckingclaim one of the greatest iconoclastic one of the most fearless

 

outlaw rebel writers of alltime of all I said of alltime to reclaim our native brother son

native son so now right now the time has come always right on time never too late

 

everything is always right on closing time yes we're here by God to reclaim reclaim

from Louisville The Highlands Louisville to Florida to New York to San Francisco round

 

the world to Owl Farm Woody Creek Aspen Colorado and beyond beyond beyond

always beyond beyond IT beyond all boundaries break on through to the other side

 

and keep on keepin on breakin on through to all the other sides nothing ever ends

the journey is IT IT so now right now we're here in Louisville The Highlands Kentucky

 

closing time we're here us yes us this band this band of misfits of delinquents of

outlaws yes to live outside the law you must be honest and oh hellyes honest fearlessly

 

honest we be regardless of the consequences truthteller poets writers honest fearless

outlaws we be and so we're by God right here right now reclaiming reclaiming our

 

native son practicing some long way too long overdue poetry of hillbilly outlaw

Kentucky Reclamation Sorcery reclaiming the one and only for Louisville The Highlands

 

Kentucky right here right now at Dennie Humphrey's The Monkey Wrench here in the

heart of The Highlands Louisville Kentucky right now right here at The Monkey Wrench

 

the new International GONZO Hangoutology Monkey Wrench Gang Headquarters

we're here reclaiming here at The 1st ever International GONZO FESTIVAL we're

 

reclaiming the one and only the one and only i said the one and only KING KING

OF GONZO KING OF GONZO GONZO GONZO Dr. Hunter Stockton Shaman yes

 

Shaman Thompson The Now and Forever KING OF GONZO DR. HUNTER STOCKTON

SHAMAN I said dammit dammit I said SHAMAN THOMPSON so KEEP LOUISVILLE

 

GONZO KEEP LOUISVILLE GONZO KEEP LOUISVILLE KEEP LOUISVILLE GONZO

KEEP yes you heard us we said KEEP KEEP KEEP LOUISVILLE LOUISVILLE

 

LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY GONZO GONZO GONZO GONZO

and always remember to ask yourself WHAT WOULD HUNTER DO

 

 

Shelley Vaughn Hora & Ron Whitehead

september 2010

AHA

 

copyright (c) 2010 Shelley Vaughn & Ron Whitehead

 

 

 

 

 



 

1st ever International GONZO FESTIVAL celebrating the life & work of 

Louisville Kentucky's native son Dr. Hunter Stockton Shaman Thompson

saturday october 16, 2010 noon to 2 or 3 or 4am @

the new International GONZO Hangoutology Headquarters 

The Monkey Wrench, 1025 Barrett Avenue, Louisville Kentucky 40204 usa

phone 502 583 2473, www.monkeywrench.net

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & Onward Pilgrim, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact

Ron Whitehead, cell 502 475 7772 or email ron@tappingmyownphone.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) GONZO!!!!!!!!!

 

 



1st ever International GONZO FESTIVAL celebrating the life & work of 

Louisville Kentucky's native son Dr. Hunter Stockton Shaman Thompson

saturday october 16, 2010 noon to 2 or 3 or 4am @

the new International GONZO Hangoutology Headquarters 

The Monkey Wrench, 1025 Barrett Avenue, Louisville Kentucky 40204 usa

phone 502 583 2473, www.monkeywrench.net

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & Onward Pilgrim, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact

Ron Whitehead, cell 502 475 7772 or email ron@tappingmyownphone.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) GONZO!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2010

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Announcing the 1st ever International Annual GONZO FESTIVAL paying tribute to and honoring the life, work and legacy of one of the greatest most fearless writers of all time, Louisville’s own native son Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.

Saturday October 16, 2010 from Noon till 2AM at Dennie Humphrey's The Monkey Wrench.

this first ever, then annual, International GONZO FESTIVAL launches Dennie Humphrey's The Monkey Wrench as International Gonzo Hangoutology Headquarters. giant Hunter mural (by Carol McLeod, Andy Cook, Evan Leibowitz, & Alexander King: check out www.courier-journal.com 9/20/10 Metro Section photo of GONZO mural plus 9/21/10 LEO for GONZO FESTIVAL ad) will be unveiled as part of the Festival, which will birth International Gonzo Hangoutology Headquarters Monkey Wrench Park. next year life size bronze statue (already commissioned) of Hunter will be unveiled plus billboard with KEEP THE HIGHLANDS GONZO emblazoned on it. 

The Monkey Wrench, 1025 Barrett Avenue, Louisville KY 40204 Phone (502) 582-2433, http://www.facebook.com/home.php7n1/group.php?gil=120003034721497 (who comes up with these fucking internet addresses?! shite!!!!)   

Tickets, now on sale, for the Rain or Shine event are $12.00 in advance for General Admission or $15.00 day of the event for the entire show. VIP ALL Access (only 100 of these tickets available & only @ The Monkey Wrench) $75.00 includes complimentary Food and Beverage (whatever you want to eat/drink for entire 14-hour non-stop Festival) for entire Fest. Tickets just now available @ earX-tacy records, The Monkey Wrench and online @ www.eTix.com

 

This will be an international event / happening / celebration featuring Hunter's widow Anita Thompson and some of the best bands, musicians, singers, spoken word poets, authors, outlaw troublemakers (especially Ron), visual artists, dancers with snakes, speakers, sculptors, photographers, dragons, and filmmakers including Scott Carney of Wax Fang, The Galoots, Anita Thompson, John Yarmuth, The Fervor, The Workers, NY Mets Poet Laureate Frank Messina, Gatewood Galbreith, Tyrone Cotton, Nerves Jr., The Commonwealth, Bad Reeds, Russel Hulsey, Your News Vehicle, The Stiffs, Gnuma, Lotus Blake, Brigid Kaelin, Jacklyn Marceau, Brett Eugene Ralph with Jamie Daniels, Paul K with Jon Ashley, W. Loran Smith, Susi Wood, Captain America Merry Prankster Ed McClanahan, John Gage, John Paul Wright, Kent Fielding, Ninnie, real mean and dangerous but beautiful naked fire breathing women (with handcuffs & whips), Eric Sutherland (Holler Poets), Marion Dries & Laura Shine, ugliest man on the planet contest which will be held round back (the winner will be tied to that sassafrass tree out back), Six White Horses, Glasspack, Ray Rizzo & The Java Men, 23 String Band, Jak Son Renfro & Serpent Wisdom, Rani Bri Newman, Dean McClain, wild monkeys (Ron's gonna let outta their zoo cages the night before), Charlie Newman, J.B. Miller, Sarah Burkey, Kelly Render Wilkinson, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & Onward Pilgrim, Johnny Sands, Justin Lewis, Angela Wood (& snake), The Ghost of Rebekah Trigg, David Humphrey, Emily Caudill, Nanine Henderson, Angelina Wedding, A, Ray, Danny O'Bryan, High Water Mark, William Sovern, Rob Z, James Davis, Thomas A. Minor & The Picket Line, Dylan Browning Whitehead, Gui Stuart, Nancy Wilson, Soul River Brown, Shelley Vaughn Hora, Matter of Chance, Bradford Nathanial Whitehead, Divinity Rose, John Hagan, Samantha The Hawk Hawkinson, Matthew Landen, 

the Performer List with times will be sent out tomorrow. it's just too damn convoluted and i'm already crosseyed nearly blind seeing having visions of terribly beautiful thangs. 

plus The Everything GONZO Art Show (curated by Andy Cook) Official Opening Reception October 8th @ 6pm with works by Russel Hulsey, Howard Wilson, Christopher Felver, Scott Shuffitt, Emil Walton, Jeremy Dixon, Shelly Vaughn Hora, Paul Paletti, Erin Fitzgerald, Jamie Lynn Smith, Elizabeth Windisch, Rebekah Trygg, Angela Wood, George Scott, Ragen Daly, William Brandum, Wilfred Sieg III, Chase Spring & Scott McCrory.

many other participants to be announced plus there will also be special unannounced surprise guests.

 

Hunter S. Thompson films and documentaries will be shown non-stop throughout the festival. 

 

GONZOFEST produced by Dennie Humphrey, owner of The Monkey Wrench & Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead with Associate Producers Tisha Dean (Beerhouse Distributors and Flying Dog Ales), Scott Shuffitt (The Lebowski Festival), Joe Wendling, & others to be announced.

 

Kyle Meredith, 91.9fm www.wfpk.org WFPK Radio Louisville Music Director and Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead will Host the event. Ron will also perform with his new band Onward Pilgrim.

 

Executive Producer Holland Brown Books, www.hollandbrownbooks.com (publisher of Ron's newest THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems book(20th), cd(30th), dvd(1st, plus 4 new videos), @ The Green Building. 

 

Festival Filmmakers and Photographers: George Parker Jr. & KyGREENtv www.kygreen.tv & The Louisville Film Society, Christian Hansen, Amanda Arnold, Ryan Armbrust, Shelley Vaughn Hora, Jeremy Hogan, James O'Hayer & others to be announced.

thursday October 14, 2010 Live in-store GONZO FESTIVAL performance @ earX-tacy records Bardstown Road featuring many of the GONZO FESTIVAL performers plus talk/reading/signing by Anita Thompson of ANCIENT GONZO WISDOM: Interviews with Hunter S. Thompson and GONZO WAY: A Celebration of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. Performances talks by Anita Thompson (& signing), Dennie Humphrey, Ron Whitehead, Russel Hulsey, Shelley Vaughn Hora, Justin Lewis, Brigid Kaelin, Frank Messina, Tyrone Cotton, The Workers, Your News Vehicles, and more.

plus earlier same day October 14, 2010 several GONZO performers producers will appear on WFPK 91.9fm www.wfpk.org Radio Louisville with DJ hosts Laura Shine and Marion Dries.

plus be watching for LEO Music Editor Matt Herron's feature interview with Hunter's widow author Anita Thompson. 

plus. announcements regarding other GONZO FESTIVAL related happenings to be announced. updates will be sent out twice a week tween now & Festival.

get your tickets asap. they'll be gone in no time. plus pick up beautiful Keep Louisville Gonzo t-shirts and bumper stickers at The Monkey Wrench now plus at the Festival plus even more limited edition Gonzo (& related) posters, t-shirts, bumper stickers, and pens will be available plus Gonzo tattoo art plus remember the Hunter S. Thompson Lookalike Contest Award & Presentation plus entire event will be filmed and photgraphed for one-hour documentary and coffee table size book with text (to raise funds for next year's festival). 

 

Sponsored by: Dennie Humphrey's The Monkey Wrench, Beerhouse Distributors & Flying Dog Ales (all Flying Dog Beers including event exclusives will be on tap), Holland Brown Books, earX-tacy records, The Lebowski Festival, Old Town Liquors, Heine Brothers Coffee, Guitar Emporium, Leatherhead, LEO, WFPK 91.9fm Radio Louisville, The Louisville Film Society, The City Cafe, The Tim Faulkner Gallery, The Bodega, The Shady Lane Cafe, The Funeral Home Recording Studio, Wild n Wooly Videos, Al Fresco Recording Studio, Published in Heaven, The Global Literary Renaissance, The Moving Mystery Theatre, DiY Do it Yourself Productions & more to be announced.

 

any other questions call God, phone 502 475 7772

 

 

July 2, 1960, From Bermuda 23 Years old:

 

“If I could think of a way to do it right now, I’d head back to Louisville sit on the porch drinking beer, drive around Cherokee Park for a few nights, and try to sink back as far as I could into the world that did its best to make me. It’s not hard to get tired of interminable palms and Poinciana and I could do at the moment with a single elm tree on a midnight street in the Highlands.” Hunter S. Thompson 

“I have long admired Ron Whitehead. He is as crazy as nine loons, and his poetry is a dazzling mix of folk wisdom and pure mathematics.” Hunter S. Thompson

                                                    "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me." Hunter S. Thompson

 

                                                    "An outlaw can be defined as somebody who lives outside the law, not necessarily against it. By the time I wrote HELL'S ANGELS I was riding with them and it was clear that it was no longer possible for me to go back and live within the law. There were a lot more outlaws than me. I was just a writer. I wasn't trying to be an outlaw writer, I never heard of the term, somebody else made it up. But we were all outside the law, Kerouac, Miller, Burroughs, Ginsber, Kesey, me. I didn't have to gauge as to who was the worst outlaw. I just recognized my allies, my people." Hunter S. Thompson

 

"Who the fuck do you think wrote THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS, a bunch of stone sober clerics?" Hunter S. Thompson


"As for my perspective of the world and my writing, drugs usually enhance or strengthen my perceptions and reactions, for good or will. They've given me the resilience to withstand repeated shocks to my innocence gland. They've given me the strength to deal with the shocking realities guaranteed to shatter anyone's beliefs in the higher idealistic shibboleths of our time. Anyone who covers his beat for twenty years, and that beat is 'The Death of The American Dream', needs every goddamned crutch he can find."

     Hunter S. Thompson

 

"Everybody is rolling over in an age of cowardice, fear, greed. You can fight city hall, and you can beat the system. People are getting afraid to try. I couldn't have told you what the Fourth Amendment was until I got rolled over by that gang of white trash pig D.A. investigators that came to my house. Refusing to plea bargain and choosing to face a sixteen-year prison term in court until all charges were dropped, it was as much fun as I ever had in my life. I think it's something people should do and be able to do, just say Fuck You. You're the ones who broke the law, you came into my house."    Hunter S. Thompson

 

 

The Dark and Bloody Ground

 

Hunter Thompsons Louisville!

Gus Van Sants Louisville!

Will Oldhams Louisville!

Ron Whiteheads Louisville!

Jim James Louisville!

Sam Gilliams Louisville!

Tim Krekels Louisville!

Will Russells Louisville!

Thaniel Ion Lees Louisville!

Sean Garrisons Louisville!

Gill Hollands Louisville!

Jason Nobles Louisville!

Leslie Lyons Louisville!

Thomas Mertons Louisville!

Harlan Hubbards Louisville!

Hunter Thompsons Louisville!

Gus Van Sants Louisville!

Will Oldhams Louisville!

Ron Whiteheads Louisville!

Jim James Louisville!

Hunter Thompsons Louisville!

Hunter Thompsons Louisville?

Hunter Thompsons Louisville!!!!

 

Russel Hulsey, 2010

 

 

 

Keep Louisville Gonzo!


 

 

to check out new Ron videos go to

http://www.youtube.com/studio502sessions 

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it

give me honesty freedom & liberty or give me death!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & his Viking Hillbilly God's Open Nerve Storm Generation Allstar Band, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact

Ron Whitehead, cell 502 475 7772 or email ron@tappingmyownphone.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) Gonzo (& weird)!!!!!!!!!

 



1st ever International GONZO

1st ever International GONZO FESTIVAL celebrating the life & work of 

Louisville Kentucky's native son Dr. Hunter Stockton Shaman Thompson

saturday october 16, 2010 noon to 2 or 3 or 4am @

the new International GONZO Hangoutology Headquarters 

The Monkey Wrench, 1025 Barrett Avenue, Louisville Kentucky 40204 usa

phone 502 583 2473, www.monkeywrench.net

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & Onward Pilgrim, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact

Ron Whitehead, cell 502 475 7772 or email ron@tappingmyownphone.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) GONZO!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2010

 

Dr. Hunter Shaman Thompson Is Dead


A Tribute by Ron Whitehead

 


  My friend and hero Hunter S. Thompson is dead. I followed his life and
work from the release of Hell’s Angels till now. I will continue to
follow it. My friend Gene Williams and I sold Hunter’s books we sold the
first Rolling Stone magazines in the underground bookstore, For Madmen
Only, and in the headshop, The Store, we operated on South Limestone in
Lexington Kentucky (now Sqecial Media). I never dreamed I’d eventually work with Hunter and with members of The Beat Generation: Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Herbert Huncke, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, David Amram, Diane di Prima, Amiri Baraka, and others. Their works changed my life. Dreams do come true.

Hunter shot himself. He is gone. He died in his kitchen in his cabin at
Owl Farm Woody Creek Colorado. I read his Nixon obituary, “He Was A
Crook,” and other works to him in that kitchen. I took my children to
visit him. He loved young people. He loved his family. I drank and did
drugs with him. We watched basketball. One night, years ago, in early
May my son Nathanial and I arrived, driving 24 hours non-stop from
Kentucky, just in time to watch the NBA playoffs with Hunter. Don
Johnson called several times wanting us to come over. Kentuckian Rex
Chapman was playing for the Phoenix Suns. The Suns were down by nine
points with one minute to go in the game. I looked at Hunter and said
I’ll bet you that Rex will hit three threes and tie the game, that the
Suns will win by one point in three overtimes. Hunter looked at me and
laughed. Rex hit three threes and tied the game. But Phoenix lost in
three overtimes, by one point. I got damn close. Hunter paid closer
attention to me after that. We talked about life about our families
about literature. Hunter was a good kind man. He was full of life. He
was tough. He was a real human being. He was spirit, holy spirit, no
matter what anyone says.

Hunter is one of America’s one of the world’s greatest writers. He
stands shoulder to shoulder with Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Jack
Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, all five America’s Best prose writers,
bar none.

I had the honor of producing, with the help of Douglas Brinkley and many
young people and friends, The Hunter S. Thompson Tribute at Memorial
Auditorium on 4th Street in Louisville Kentucky in December 1996. We had
a sold out standing room audience of over 2,000. I brought in Hunter,
his Mom Virginia, his son Juan, The Sheriff of Pitkin County, Johnny
Depp, Warren Zevon, David Amram, Douglas Brinkley, Roxanne Pulitzer,
Harvey Sloane, Susi Wood & a bluegrass band, and many more. The Mayor gave Hunter the keys to the city. The Governor named Hunter, Johnny, Warren, David, Doug, and me Kentucky Colonels. It was aspectacular event.

Hunter is one of America’s one of the world’s greatest writers. He
stands shoulder to shoulder with Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Jack
Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, all five America’s Best prose writers,
bar none.

Jonathan Swift, George Orwell, William S. Burroughs, and Hunter S.
Thompson are literary giants, visionaries who have much in common.

People continue to say that there will be no audience for Thompson’s
work, that no one will understand or care. Yet as I travel across
America across the world working with young people, of all ages, I
witness a movement, amongst young people, away from the constraints of
non-democratic puritan totalitarian cultures. I see a new generation
that recognizes the lies of the power elite, a generation that is
turning to the freethinkers the freedom fighters of the 50s and 60s,
recognizing honoring them as mentors.

Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes her or
him its instrument. The artist is not simply a person acting freely, in
pursuit of a merely private end, but one who allows art to realize its
purposes through her or his person. Artists have moods, free will,
personal aims, but as artists, they are bearers of a collective
humanity, carrying and shaping the common unconscious life of the
species.

  I have heard more than once that Hunter S. Thompson is a madman. That
oh look at what he could have done if he lived a more sane life. Nobel
Prize winner Elie Wiesel, pre-eminent Jewish author, recipient of the
Nobel Peace Prize, in The Town Beyond the Wall, says: “Mad Moishe, the
fat man who cries when he sings and laughs when he is silent...Moishe—I
speak of the real Moishe, the one who hides behind the madman—is a great man. He is far-seeing. He sees worlds that remain inaccessible to us.
His madness is only a wall, erected to protect us- us: to see what
Moishe’s bloodshot eyes see would be dangerous.” In Jewish mysticism,
the prophet often bears the facade of madness. Hunter S. Thompson stands in direct lineage to the great writers and prophets. And as with the
prophets of old, the message may be too painful for the masses to
tolerate, to hear, to bear. They may, and usually do, condemn, even
kill, the messenger. Hunter stood as long as he could. He fought a
valiant fight. He was a brave yet sensitive soul. He was a sacred shaman
warrior. He saw. He felt. He recorded his visions. He took alcohol and
drugs to ease the pain generated by what he saw what he felt. He lived
on his own terms. He died on his own terms. Did the masses kill Hunter?
Did he kill himself? He found the courage to stand up against the power
mongers and the masses. At least thirteen times he should have died but,
miraculously, didn’t. He chose to take his own life. He completed the
work he came to do.

If life is a dream, as some suggest, sometimes beautiful sometimes
desperate, then Hunter’s work is the terrible saga of the ending of time
for The American Dream. With its action set at the heart of darkness of
American materialist culture, with war as perpetual background, playing
on the television, Hunter S. Thompson, like the prophets of old, shows
how we, through greed and powerlust, have already gone over the edge. As
Jack Kerouac, through his brilliant oeuvre, breathed hope into
international youth culture Thompson shows how the ruling power-elite is
not about to share what it controls with idealists yearning for a world
of peace love and understanding.

We must look beyond the life of the artist to the work the body of work
itself. That is the measure of success. Like those who have re-examined
Orwell’s 1984 to find a multi-layered literary masterpiece, we must look
deep into Thompson’s work and find the deep multi-layered messages. His
books, especially the early ones and his letters, are literary
masterpieces equal to the best writing ever produced.

Knowledge, from the inception of Modernism, and through post-modernism
and chaos to The Ocean of Consciousness, is reorganized, redefined
through Literature, Art, Music, and Film. The genres are changing, the
canons are exploding, as is culture. The mythopoetics, the privileged
sense of sight, of modern, contemporary, avant-garde cutting edge Nabi
poets, musicians, artists, filmmakers are examples of art forms of a
society, a culture, a civilization, a world, in which humanity lives,
not securely in cities nor innocently in the country, but on the
apocalyptic, simultaneous edge of a new realm of being and
understanding. The mythopoet, female and male, the shaman, Hunter S.
Thompson returns to the role of prophet-seet by creating myths that
resonate in the minds of readers, myths that speak with the authority of
the ancient myths, myths that are gifts from the shadow.


 

Ron Whitehead's 13 suggestions for Louisville, Kentucky to pay
tribute to native son Hunter S. Thompson
:


1) Courier-Journal (Kentucky's main daily newspaper) devote
entire Saturday SCENE (arts/culture section) to Hunter's life and
work.


2) LEO and Velocity (Louisville's weekly alternative newspapers) & other

local (& regional/national/international) publications devote entire issues

to Hunter's life and work. (LEO did feature on Hunter right after his death. but they haven't devoted entire issueto him)


3) WFPK 91.9fm (all music) and WFPL 89.5fm (all news)
(Louisville's Public Radio Partnership, NPR affiliate) devote one full day & night of programming to Hunter's life and work.


4) Baxter Avenue Theatres (Louisville's art film theatres) start
Annual Hunter S. Thompson Film Festival.


5) Place historic marker in front of Thompson Family home on
Ransdell Avenue in Louisville's Highlands neighborhood. Purchase
the home and turn it into Hunter Museum similar to what
Kentucky did for Bill Monroe's Rosine, Ohio County, Kentucky
home. (my friend Amanda Buck got permission to do onsite historic marker)


6) Place giant Hunter mural on side of Dennie Humphrey's The Monkey Wrench (guess what, it's happened! yes! the 1st of my 13 suggestions to be honored. thank you Denny & Joe Wendling & everybody @ The Monkey Wrench & Thank You  Carol McCleod, Evan Leibowitz, Alexander King & Andy Cook for painting the beuatiful mural of Hunter which will unveil right before sunset with Susi Wood leading everyone in singing one of Hunter's favorite songs My Old Kentucky Home. 


7) Rename The Louisville Free Public Library (the main library at
4th & York downtown) The Hunter and Virginia Thompson Free
Public Library. Hunter's Mom Virginia retired, as librarian, from
same library. Have a Hunter S. Thompson Room for students &
scholars.

 
8) Rename Louisville's Cherokee Road Hunter S. Thompson
Road.

 
9) Move the Daniel Boone statue (Daniel with rifle), at entrance to
Cherokee Park, to Boone County. Replace it with statue of Hunter
with typewriter, gun, and other necessary Hunter items. Well i changed that

suggestion to instead we've already commissioned 2 artists to create a 

lifesize bronze statue of Hunter standing holding typewriter in his left hand & arm with his right arm right raised clenched Gonzo dagger & peyote button fist. Plus we're turning Dennie's The Monkey Wrench into International Gonzo Hangoutology Headquarters & creating a Gonzo Hangoutology Garden eventually adding benches and billboard which will read Keep The Highlands Gonzo. So like my 92-year old friend Lawrence Ferlingetti's City Lights 261 Columbus Avenue, North Beach, San Francisco where Ferlinghetti founded the first ever paperbook bookstore in the usa in 1953 which has become mecca for independent poets writers thinkers round the globe the same will happen here in Hunter's Highlands here at 1025 Barrett Avenue & The Monkey Wrench, new International Global Gonzo Hangoutology Headquarters.   


10) Rename Cherokee Park Hunter S. Thompson Park.


11) University of Louisville start Annual Hunter S. Thompson
International Literature Symposium. University of Louisville Rare
Books and Archives purchase, catalogue, and exhibit Hunter's
entire archives. (hasn't happened but Delinda Buie, Director of
Rare Books and Archives, is ready to start collection.)


12) City of Louisville designate July 18th Annual Official Hunter
S. Thompson Day, Public Holiday, No School, No Work, Concert
on The Great Lawn at Ohio River Waterfront, downtown.
Musicians/Bands perform their own but especially some of
Hunter's favorite songs.


13) Keep Louisville Gonzo (all this came to me in a 3am vision)!

(now part of Festival intro)

 

ok stay with me now this won't take long i'm almost done then everything will get on the road. Thank you Dennie Humphrey & Saundra & Joe Wendling & everybody @ The Monkey Wrench & Thank You Scott Shuffitt & The Lebowski Festival & Kyle Meredith & everybody @ WFPK 91.9fm Radio Louisville & WFPL & WUOL & Thank You Gill Scott & Augusta Holland & Holland Brown Books & Stephanie Brothers & everybody @ The Green Builkding & Thank You to all our Sponsors: Tisha Dean with Flying Dog Beer & Beerhouse Distributors & Gordo & everybody @ Old Town Liquors & John Timmons, Rebekah Cornwell, Sean Bailey & everybody @ earX-tacy records & Mike Mays & everybody @ Heine Brothers Coffee & Jimmy & everybody @ Guitar Emporium & Lynn & Nick Boone & Leatherhead & Jim Henry & everybody @ The City Cafe & Bill Smith & Susi Wood & The Shady Lane Cafe  & Tim Faulkner & The Tim Faulkner Gallery & everybody @ The Bodega & George Parker & KyGREENtv & The Louisville Film Society & Todd Brashear & everybody @ Wild n Wooly Video & Matt Herron & everybody @ LEO & Special Thanks to Andy Cook & all the artists who have work in the kickass EVERYTHING GONZO Art Exhibit on display inside which reminds me to let you know that all the musicians, singers, performers, artists, photographers, filmmakers poets, writers, speakers everyone who has brought their creative work everyone donating their lifelong work on behalf to pay tribute to our hero Hunter S. Thompson so please buy food booze music poetry art. add sex and you got the perfect evening!!!! THANK YOU to each and every one of the performers all of whom have volunteered there time for a writer a hometown boy they love

and thank you to the filmmakers & photographers to the sound and light crew & to Amanda Buck who did so much research to help me lay groundwork for what is finally turning into lightninged reality to all the volunteers & everybody everybody seen and unseen (& i know Hunter's right here with us) everybody involved in this 1st ever International GONZO FESTIVAL and please forgive me if i've left anybody off who is participating in any way. and yes finally (shut the hell up) there's no more appropriate way and i'm deeply honored and humbled to introduce to you she came all the way from Owl Farm Wood Creek Aspen Colorado here to inaugarate the 1st ever International GONZO FESTIVAL the one and only Queen of GONZO

this beautiful young lady please give a warm welcome to Anita Thompson!!!!   

 

 

not only to we have to fight for the right to party but we also

have to continually perpetually fight for the right to be

ourselves, whatever that means for each & everyone of us.

truth, albeit constant, is simultaneously paradoxically flowing,

an ever changing river. we've all got to learn to embrace

and let go and flow not only with the river but to become to be

the river. cause ultimately, at some level of our being, explicit

or implicit, we are the river, and the lightning. we are God's open

nerve. we are The Storm, The Storm Generation. 

 

keep Louisville (& the world) Gonzo (& weird)!!!!!!!!!

 


Ron Whitehead
february 22, 2005 (edited/updated 9/28/10)
the highlands
louisville, kentucky

copyright (c) Ron Whitehead 2005 & 2010

 


We are The Storm Generation

"I have long admired RonWhitehead. He is crazy as nine loons,

and his poetry is a dazzling mix of folk wisdom and pure mathematics."

                                                    Hunter S. Thompson

 

i have finally stepped fully and completely into mystery

paradox uncertainty not knowing. i'm now walking on air.

 

keep Louisville (& the world) Gonzo (& weird)!!!!!!!!!

 

new book THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO

and on parting, the wilderness poems to be released by

Gill Scott Holland & The Green Building/Holland Brown Books

july 17th followed by year long world tour.

already working on next two books. the first is

A BOOK OF PRAYERS FOR THE MODERN TRAVELER

(inspired by my friend Mark Reese) plus my autobiography

which is being written Q&A interview style by my daughter Rani

and a new cd with my new band Onward Pilgrim which will be

recorded soon in Iceland. 

www.tappingmyownphone.com 

we are The Storm Generation

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

1st ever International GONZO FESTIVAL celebrating the life & work of 

Louisville Kentucky's native son Dr. Hunter Stockton Shaman Thompson

saturday october 16, 2010 noon to 2 or 3 or 4am @

the new International GONZO Hangoutology Headquarters 

The Monkey Wrench, 1025 Barrett Avenue, Louisville Kentucky 40204 usa

phone 502 583 2473, www.monkeywrench.net

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & Onward Pilgrim, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact

Ron Whitehead, cell 502 475 7772 or email ron@tappingmyownphone.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) GONZO!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

1st ever International GONZO FESTIVAL celebrating the life & work of 

Louisville Kentucky's native son Dr. Hunter Stockton Shaman Thompson

saturday october 16, 2010 noon to 2 or 3 or 4am @

the new International GONZO Hangoutology Headquarters 

The Monkey Wrench, 1025 Barrett Avenue, Louisville Kentucky 40204 usa

phone 502 583 2473, www.monkeywrench.net

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & Onward Pilgrim, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact

Ron Whitehead, cell 502 475 7772 or email ron@tappingmyownphone.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) GONZO!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2010

 

Hey Ron,

Here is a link to the promo video, I think it turned out really great.  Let me know what you think.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Xy1DDhYv2c

or

http://tiny.cc/gq9ax

Scott

--
Scott Shuffitt
Founding Dude
Lebowski Fest
(502)724-4643
414 Baxter Ave, Suite B0200
Louisville, KY 40204


1st ever International GONZO FESTIVAL celebrating the life & work of 

Louisville Kentucky's native son Dr. Hunter Stockton Shaman Thompson

saturday october 16, 2010 noon to 2 or 3 or 4am @

the new International GONZO Hangoutology Headquarters 

The Monkey Wrench, 1025 Barrett Avenue, Louisville Kentucky 40204 usa

phone 502 583 2473, www.monkeywrench.net

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet & damn proud of it!!!!

502 475 7772

ron@tappingmyownphone.com

www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at

www.hollandbrownbooks.com

 

P R E S S I N Q U I R I E S , P L E A S E C O N T A C T :

S t e p h a n i e B r o t h e r s 5 0 2 . 5 6 1 . 1 1 6 2

s t e p h a n i e @t h e g r e e n b u i l d i n g . c o m

 

if you're interested in Ron Whitehead, and/or his new band, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & Onward Pilgrim, appearing/performing/reading/giving talks/presentations at your college/university/school/museum/festival/club, anywhere round the world, contact

Ron Whitehead, cell 502 475 7772 or email ron@tappingmyownphone.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) GONZO!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2010

 

 

OCTOBER 16, 2010 - DAY SCHEDULE - Monkey Wrench

time

OUTSIDE stage

INSIDE stage

Rooftop Stage VIP Deck/Lounge (one vocal mic only)

12:00 - 12:20

Alana Fugate / Russell Hulsey / Shelly Vaughan Hora/ Ron Whitehead 

12:20 - 12:45

Paul K & The Weathermen





12:45 - 1:00

Ed McLanahan (writer)





1:05 - 1:10

Angela Wedding (voiceguitar one song)





1:10 - 1:15

Jacqlyn Marceau (poet)





1:15 - 1:25

Brett Eugene Ralph w/ Jamie Daniels (vocal/gtr/bass)





1:30 - 1:40

Justin Lewis (vocal/gtr)





1:45 - 2:00

Tyrone Cotton





2:10 - 2:35

Gnuma (3piece,vocal/drummer same) (vocal/drums/guitar/cello w/ Angela Wood (dances w/snake)





2:45 - 3:10

6 White Horses





3:20 - 3:45 

Lotus Blake (5 or 6 piece rockout, i'll get exact info)





3:50 - 3:55

Mr. Tambourine Man, Kelly Render Wilkinson





4:00 - 4:15

OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY // TRIBUTE

Dennie/Joe/Kyle/Ron w/several acoustic musicians

4:15-4:25 = John Gage (2 or 3 songs)

4:20 - 4:35

Anita Thompson



4:25-4:30 = Gui Stuart (one poem)

4:40 - 4:50

Brigid Kaelin



4:30-4:40 = Ninnie (2 or 3 songs)

4:40-4:45 = J.B. Wilson (one poem)

4:55 - 5:00

W. Loran Smith



4:45-4:50 = John Hagan (one poem)

4:50-4:55 = Eric Sutherland (one poem)

5:00 - 5:15

Susi Wood  (2 songs then 3rd song she leads entire audience singing My Old Kentucky Home as mural unveiled



4:55-5pm = Samantha The Hawk Hawkinson (one poem)

5-5:05 = Danny O'Bryan (one poem)

5:20 - 5:30

Hunter Winner Lookalike Contest (Anita/Dennie/Kyle/Ron present Hunter hat & cased cigarette then fire blanks @ them, Ron will do the shooting)



5:20-5:25 = Matthew Landan (one short prose piece or one poem)

5:25-5:30 = Brian Patrick Hall (one poem)

5:30-5:35 = Divinity Rose (one poem)

5:35 -  5:50

Jak Son Renfro & Serpent Wisdom w/Special Guests



5:35-5:45 = James Davis (two songs)

5:45-5:50 = Dylan Browning Whitehead (one poem)

6:00 - 6:20

Nerves Jr.



5:50-6pm = Wiliam Sovern (poet)

6-6:10 = John Paul Wright (2 or 3 songs)

6:10-6:15 = Dean McClain (one poem, Shotgun Full of Jesus)

6:30 - 6:50

The Commonwealth



6:15-6:20 = Nancy Bruner Wilson (one poem titled "Steve Tomes")

6:20-6:25 = High Water Mark (one song)

6:25-6:35 = Rob Z (2 songs including 16 Tons)

6:50 - 7:00



J.B Miller (2 songs, vocal & gtr)



7:05 - 7:15

 

Kelly Render Wilkinson (2 songs, vocal & gtr)



7:20 - 7:25

 

Vanessa Blakeslee (1 poem)



7:30 - 7:45 

 

New Mets Poet Frank Messina (spoken word/vocal mic plus may have Tyrone or someone accompany on gtr plus possibly percussion



7:45 - 7:55



Johnny Sands (2 songs, vocal & gtr)



7:55 - 8:20

Your News Vehicles (5-piece rockout 2 vocals/electric lead gtr/electric bass gtr/drums





8:30 - 9:00

The Fervor





9:10 - 9:40

The Workers





9:50 - 10:30

Scott Carney





10:40 - 11:00



Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & Onward Pilgrim w/poet Russel Hulsey & violinist Emily Caudill & dancer Angela Wood & her snake + The Ghost of Rebekah Trygg



11:10 - 11:30



23 String Band



11:40 - 12:40



GALOOTS w/ Shannon Lawson & Steve Cooley


 

12:45 - 1:15                                                                     The Stiffs (4 members,

                                                                              one vocal, 2 guitars, bass, drums

                                                                              Stiffs have to go on after Galoots

                                                                              cause of earlier gigs. they're perfect

                                                                              sex & Ramones style 2-3 minute songs

                                                                              1st will be LSD Monkey Wrench will sell

                                                                              hello outta double shots tequila & rum

                                                                              & wild turkey blowjobs & orgies will abound

                                                                              Shelby McDowell (the lounge) has played with and

                                                                              is friends with all The Galoots & all the best players in town

 

just need to make sure there's backline on both inside & outside stages. thanks!!!

 

 

Mgmt Contacts: Monkey Wrench: 502-582-2433 , Bobby Burk: 502-387-0948, Joe Seidt 502-356-1159

Prod. Contacts:

Dave Porter : 502-416-5005 , Josh Greer : 502-582-5314 , Derrick Pedolzky : 502-558-2990

All bands expected to arrive at least 1hr prior to their set time to communicate with stage crews and establish prod. needs.

Line Checks only if applicable.  ALL Load In of production gear must be finished by 11:45am.



Paul K, The Godfather of Rock (Detroit/NYC/Kentucky):

"Ron Whitehead is America's greatest living poet."

 

"love is the ultimate outlaw" from Tom Tobbins' STILL LIFE WITH WOODPECKER.

  

John Rocco (New York City): "Ron Whitehead is the comet crashing outlaw shaman lunatic poet who keeps us all together!"  Thanks, Ron!

  

Olafur Gunnarsson (Iceland): "Ron Whitehead's newest book/cd/dvd, THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, is by far his finest work...and anyone who contradicts that is a damn fool...if such a fool exists. The Storm Generation has truly been born!"

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at Gill Scott Holland's The Green Building/Holland Brown Books www.hollandbrownbooks.com 

 

if you're interested in booking Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & Onward Pilgrim with violinist Emily Caudill to perform read speak practice hangoutology at your college university school museum festival club ashram bordello funeral or anything else anywhere round the world contact

Ron Whitehead, cell 502 475 7772 or email ron@tappingmyownphone.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) GONZO!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Paul K, The Godfather of Rock (Detroit/NYC/Kentucky):

"Ron Whitehead is America's greatest living poet."

 

"love is the ultimate outlaw" from Tom Tobbins' STILL LIFE WITH WOODPECKER.

  

John Rocco (New York City): "Ron Whitehead is the comet crashing outlaw shaman lunatic poet who keeps us all together!"  Thanks, Ron!

  

Olafur Gunnarsson (Iceland): "Ron Whitehead's newest book/cd/dvd, THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, is by far his finest work...and anyone who contradicts that is a damn fool...if such a fool exists. The Storm Generation has truly been born!"

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at Gill Scott Holland's The Green Building/Holland Brown Books www.hollandbrownbooks.com 

 

if you're interested in booking Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & Onward Pilgrim with violinist Emily Caudill to perform read speak practice hangoutology at your college university school museum festival club ashram bordello funeral or anything else anywhere round the world contact

Ron Whitehead, cell 502 475 7772 or email ron@tappingmyownphone.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) GONZO!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2010

 

Press Release for 3 pre-GONZO FESTIVAL shows:

 

1st show: thorsday 10/14/10 earX-tacy records instore concert

6 to 8pm no cover

 

6 to 6:10pm = Dennie Humphrey, Kyle Meredith, Joe Wendling, Ron Whitehead

welcome thanks intro to 1st ever International GONZO FESTIVAL pre-Gonzo heatitup blowitup show:

 

6:10 to 6:20pm = Anita Thompson (Hunter's widow & GONZO FESTIVAL's Featured Guest

talks reads from her two books: Ancient Gonzo Wisdom: Interviews With Hunter S. Thompson & Gonzo Way, A Celebration of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (then she signs books @ earX-tacy records signing table

 

6:20 to 6:30pm = Russel Hulsey & Shelley Vaughn Hora & Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead read new Keep Louisville Gonzo works then Ron joins Anita @ book signing table signing his new Gill Scott Holland/Holland Brown Books THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems book/cd/dvd

 

6:30 to 6:40pm = Justin Lewis

 

6:40 ro 6:50pm = Alanna Fugate

 

7 to 8pm = Nerves Jr.

 

2nd show: friday 10/15/10 The Monkey Wrench

6 to 8pm $10 cover (gets you in to both this show & the 9pm to 1am Monkey Wrench

 

6 to 6:05pm Dennie Humphrey & Ron Whitehead welcome intro

 

6:05 to 6:20pm Anita Thompson reads from her two books on Hunter then signs copies @ signing table

 

6:20 to 6:30pm Vanessa Blakeslee (Florida poet/author)

 

6:30 to 6:50pm New York Mets Poet Frank Messina performs (with musicians?) then joins Anita & Ron @ book/cd signing table

 

6:55 to 7:15pm Tyrone Cotton

 

7:25 to 8pm Gnuma

 

 

3rd & final pre-Gonzo show (before the next day's big Festival) @ The Monkey Wrench

9pm to 1am $10 cover also covers earlier 6 to 8pm show

 

9 to 9:15pm Anita Thompson

 

9:20 to 9:30 Vanessa Blakeslee (Florida poet/author/Hunter fan)

 

9:35 to 10:05 Tyrone Cotton

 

10:10 to 10:15 Ron reads "Searching For Frank Messina" by way of introducing

 

10:15 to 10:35 New York Mets Poet Frank Messina

 

10:35 to 10:50 Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead with musical accompaniment

 

11 to 11:30 Gnuma

 

11:45 to 1am Nerves Jr.

 



 

Paul K, The Godfather of Rock (Detroit/NYC/Kentucky):

"Ron Whitehead is America's greatest living poet."

 

"love is the ultimate outlaw" from Tom Tobbins' STILL LIFE WITH WOODPECKER.

  

John Rocco (New York City): "Ron Whitehead is the comet crashing outlaw shaman lunatic poet who keeps us all together!"  Thanks, Ron!

  

Olafur Gunnarsson (Iceland): "Ron Whitehead's newest book/cd/dvd, THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, is by far his finest work...and anyone who contradicts that is a damn fool...if such a fool exists. The Storm Generation has truly been born!"

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at Gill Scott Holland's The Green Building/Holland Brown Books www.hollandbrownbooks.com 

 

if you're interested in booking Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & Onward Pilgrim with violinist Emily Caudill to perform read speak practice hangoutology at your college university school museum festival club ashram bordello funeral or anything else anywhere round the world contact

Ron Whitehead, cell 502 475 7772 or email ron@tappingmyownphone.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) GONZO!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Paul K, The Godfather of Rock (Detroit/NYC/Kentucky):

"Ron Whitehead is America's greatest living poet."

 

"love is the ultimate outlaw" from Tom Tobbins' STILL LIFE WITH WOODPECKER.

  

John Rocco (New York City): "Ron Whitehead is the comet crashing outlaw shaman lunatic poet who keeps us all together!"  Thanks, Ron!

  

Olafur Gunnarsson (Iceland): "Ron Whitehead's newest book/cd/dvd, THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, is by far his finest work...and anyone who contradicts that is a damn fool...if such a fool exists. The Storm Generation has truly been born!"

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at Gill Scott Holland's The Green Building/Holland Brown Books www.hollandbrownbooks.com 

 

if you're interested in booking Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & Onward Pilgrim with violinist Emily Caudill to perform read speak practice hangoutology at your college university school museum festival club ashram bordello funeral or anything else anywhere round the world contact

Ron Whitehead, cell 502 475 7772 or email ron@tappingmyownphone.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) GONZO!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2010

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

"THE EDGE...THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO REALLY KNOW WHERE IT IS ARE THE ONES WHO HAVE GONE OVER IT." Dr. Hunter S. Thompson 

Announcing the 1st ever International Annual GONZO FESTIVAL, including Performer List/Times, all paying tribute to and honoring the life, work and legacy of one of the greatest most fearless writers of all time, Louisville Kentucky’s own native son Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.   

1st ever International GONZO FESTIVAL!!!!!!!  

Saturday October 16, 2010 from Noon till 2AM at Dennie Humphrey's The Monkey Wrench. THANK YOU DENNIE & SAUNDRA & JOE & EVERYBODY AT THE MONKEY WRENCH & EVERYBODY INVOLVED IN MAKING THIS HAPPEN!!!!! i'm so beyond grateful thankful that it brings this badass smartass, yes me, to my knees in a river of thank you tears!!!!!!!! nobody knows what i've been through working my ass off hoping praying for years that this would finally happen & happen in my lifetime. I'm determined to live at least through the end of this 1st ever International GONZO FESTIVAL (oh. shite. & plus i've got to hold on at least till after the 1st ever International STORM GENERATION FESTIVAL i'm co-producing in Iceland June 2011. then if i make it thru that i'm gonna climb The Viking Mountain for 2nd and final time searching out a cave where i'll disappear to living my days out with wolves).I THANK ALL OF YOU WITH EVERY DROP OF BLOOD IN MY ENLARGED HEART!!!!!!!!!!!! 

July 2, 1960, From Bermuda 23 Years old:

 

If I could think of a way to do it right now, I’d head back to Louisville sit on the porch drinking beer, drive around Cherokee Park for a few nights, and try to sink back as far as I could into the world that did its best to make me. It’s not hard to get tired of interminable palms and Poinciana and I could do at the moment with a single elm tree on a midnight street in the Highlands.” Hunter S. Thompson   

this first ever, then annual, International GONZO FESTIVAL launches Dennie Humphrey's The Monkey Wrench as International Gonzo Hangoutology Monkey Wrench Gang Headquarters Park. giant Hunter mural (by Carol McLeod, Andy Cook, Evan Leibowitz, & Alexander King will be unveiled as part of the Festival which will birth International Gonzo Hangoutology Headquarters Monkey Wrench Park. next year life size bronze statue (already commissioned) of Hunter standing, with typewriter in left hand/arm & right arm raised with clenched GONZO dagger/peyote button fist, will be unveiled plus billboard with KEEP THE HIGHLANDS GONZO emblazoned on it plus couple park benches plus inside The Monkey Wrench perpetually increasing numbers of displayed Hunter memorabilia. 

The Monkey Wrench, 1025 Barrett Avenue, Louisville KY 40204 Phone (502) 582-2433, http://www.facebook.com/home.php7n1/group.php?gil=120003034721497    

Tickets, now on sale, for the Rain or Shine event are $12.00 in advance for General Admission or $15.00 day of the event for the entire show (no Guest Passes for anyone including producers). VIP ALL Access (only 100 of these tickets available & only @ The Monkey Wrench) $75.00 includes complimentary Food and Beverage, whatever you want to eat/drink (20 drink tickets) for entire 14-hour non-stop Festival. Tickets just now available, & going fast, @ earX-tacy records, The Monkey Wrench and online @ www.eTix.com

 

This is an international event / happening / celebration of Louisville (The Highlands) Kentucky native son featuring Hunter's widow Anita Thompson (author of two brilliant books on Hunter which she'll be reading from & signing) and some of the best bands, musicians, singers, spoken word poets, authors, outlaw troublemakers (especially Ron), visual artists, dancers with snakes, speakers, sculptors, photographers, and filmmakers including Scott Carney of Wax Fang, The Galoots with Shannon Lawson & Steve Cooley, The Fervor, The Workers, NY Mets Poet Laureate Frank Messina, Florida poet/author Vanessa Blakeslee, Tyrone Cotton, Shelby McDowell & The Stiffs, Alanna Fugate, Nerves Jr., Six White Horses, The Commonwealth, Paul K, Russel Hulsey, Shelly Vaughn Hora, Your News Vehicles, Angela Wedding, Gnuma, John Gage, John Paul Wright, Johnny Sands, Lotus Blake, Matter of Chance, Nancy Bruner Wilson, High Water Mark, Brigid Kaelin, Jacklyn Marceau, Brett Eugene Ralph with Jamie Daniels, W. Loran Smith, Susi Wood, Captain America Merry Prankster Ed McClanahan, John Gage, Angela Wood (with snake), The Dancing Ghost of Rebekah Trygg, The Bad Reeds, John Paul Wright, Ninnie, Eric Sutherland (Holler Poets), John Siegel, Marion Dries, Mark Bacon, J. B. Wilson, 23 String Band, Jak Son Renfro & Serpent Wisdom with Special Guests, Dean McClain, J.B. Miller, Kelly Render Wilkinson, Justin Lewis, Angela Cougar Express, Nanine Henderson, Aviv Nasmani, Ray Redman, Danny O'Bryan, High Water Mark, William Sovern, Rob Z, James Davis, Dylan Browning Whitehead, Gui Stuart, Shelley Vaughn Hora, Divinity Rose, Brian Patrick Hall, William Sovern, James Davis, Rob Z, John Hagan, Samantha The Hawk Hawkinson, Matthew Landan, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & Onward Pilgrim with violinist Emily Caudill & fiddler David Humphrey plus Special Surprise Guests.

PERFORMER LIST/TIMES/STAGES (inside/outside/VIP balcomy:

 

Outside stage

 

12-12:10 Ron welcomes everyone

 

12:10-12:20 Alanna Fugate sings one Gonzo song

 

12:20-12:30 Russel Hulsey reads "Dark and Bloody Ground" & one more poem

 

12:30-12:40 Russel Hulsey reads "In The Waste Land" simultaneous with Shelley Vaughn Hora & Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead reading "Kentucky Reclamation" which is all bout Louisville reclaiming honoring celebrating native son Dr. Hunter S. Shaman Gonzo Thompson accompanied by Ninnie on acoustic instrument from Arctus at end of which Ninnie sings "How Many Roads Must A Woman Walk Down"

 

12:45-12:50 Angela Wedding sings one song

 

12:50-12:55 J.B. Wilson reads one Gonzo poem

 

1-1:15 John Siegal sings 3 songs

 

1:25-1:45 Paul K & Band

 

Inside Stage

 

1:45-2pm Matter of Chance 2 or 3 songs

 

2-2:10 Jacklyn Marceau reads 2 poems

 

2:10-2:25 Brett Eugene Ralph with Jamie Daniels

 

Outside Stage

 

2:25-2:35 Justin Lewis

 

2:35-2:50 Captain America Merry Prankster Ed McClanahan

 

2:50-3:05 The Bad Seeds

 

Inside Stage

 

3:05-3:15 Johnny Sands sings 2 songs

 

3:20-3:30 Marion Dries sings 2 songs

 

3:35-3:45 J.B. Miller sings 2 songs

 

3:55-4:05 Kelly Render Wilkinson sings 2 songs

 

Outside Stage

 

4:05-4:15 W. Loran Smith reads 3 poems

 

4:15-4:20 Official Opening Ceremony: Kelly Render Wilkinson sings Mr. Tambourine Man

 

4:20-4:25 Mark Bacon reads brief passage from THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS

 

4:25-4:30 Ron reads "What World Have We Born Ourselves Into?" accompanied by David Humphrey on fiddle

 

4:30-4:40 Dennie Humphrey, Kyle Meredith, Joe Wendling, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead Huge Welcome Thank You to Everyone, seen & unseen, including Hunter who has already excitedly arrived chompin @ the bit for the show to get started. plus Special Presentation of The Keys to The City of Louisville, which Ron will present on behalf of Mayor Jerry Abramson, with Declaration of October 16, 2010 being named Anita Thompson Day honoring her and the life & work of her husband one of the greatest most fearless visionary writers of alltime Louisville native son Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (plus other surprises to be presented).

 

4:40-4:55 Ron accapella sings "Amazing Grace," accompanied by acoustic musicians Dr. Nanine Henderson, Aviv Nasmani, Ray Redman & Ninnie, while also weaving his Dr. Hunter Shaman Thompson is Dead Tribute & 13 Ways for Louisville to honor their/our native son Hunter S. Thompson the 1st of which is finally happening via this event Thanking Dennie Humphrey & Joe Wendling & The Monkey Wrench & everyone involved in this global historical happening.

 

4:55-5:15 Anita Thompson

 

5:15-5:30 Susi Wood sings 2 songs then leads the audience in singing (we'll have copies for everybody) one of Hunter's one of my one of so many folks favorite songs (which Hunter kept Susi's rendition on his voice machine for months after Hunter Tribute i produced = we ended the 4-hour celebration with Johnny Depp on slide guitar, David Amram playing penny whistle & conducting/leading 2,000+SRO audience, Warren Zevon on piano, Susi singing, accompanied by Jimmy Brown & Steve Cooley & & (help me out here), & Hunter & Roxanne Pulitzer & Douglas Brinkley & Harvey Sloane & The Sheriff of Pitking County & Hunter's son Juan & numberous others all on stage entire audience standing singing "My Old Kentucky Home" & as Susi leads us all in singing one of our favorites the banner will be lowered and the giant beautiful brilliant asskicking amazing full wall mural of Hunter will be unveiled fully launching Dennie Humphrey's The Monkey Wrench as International Gonzo Monkey Wrench Gang Hangoutology Headquarters.

 

Inside Stage

 

5:35-5-45 Brigid Kaelin sings 2 songs

 

5:50-6:10 Jak Son Renfro & Serpent Wisdom with Special Guests

 

6:10-6:15 Samantha The Hawk Hawkinson one poem

 

6:16-6:25 John Gage

 

6:25-6:35 William Sovern

 

Outside Stage

 

6:35-6:50 Cougar Express

 

6:50-6:55 Eric Sutherland one poem

 

6:55-7 Divinity Rose one poem

 

7-7:05 Dean McClain reads one poem "Shotgun Full of Jesus"

 

7:05-7:20 Lotus Blake

 

7:20-7:30 Rob Z

 

7:30-7:35 Brian Patrick Hall

 

7:35-7:50 The Commonwealth

 

7:50-7:55 Vanessa Blakeslee one poem

 

7:55-8:15 New York Mets Poet Frank Messina

 

Inside Stage

 

8:15-8:25 James Davis two songs

 

8:25-8:30 Nancy Bruner Wilson one poem "Steve Tomes"

 

8:30-8:35 High Water Mark one song

 

8:35-8:40 Dylan Browning Whitehead one poem

 

Outside Stage

 

8:40-9 Nerves Jr.

 

9-9:05 Gui Stuart one poem

 

9:05-9:10 John Hagan one poem

 

9:10-9:15 Danny O'Bryan one poem

 

9:15-10:05 The Workers

 

10:05-10:15 John Paul Wright two songs

 

10:15-10:20 J.B. Wilson one poem

 

10:20-10:40 The Fervor

 

10:40-10:45 Matthew Landan one piece

 

10:45-10:50 Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead two poems accompanied by violinist Emily Caudill

 

10:50-11:15 Scott Carney

 

Inside Stage

 

11:15-11:30 Six White Horses

 

11:30-11:35 Russel Hulsey/Shelley Vaught Hora/Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead reading simultaneously "In The Waste Land" & "Kentucky Reclamation"

 

11:35-11:40 Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead reads "The Last Great Truthtellers, for Dr. Hunter S. Thompson & Paul K" accompanied by Ninnie on Arcturian instrument

 

11:40-12:30 The Galoots with Shannon Lawson & Steve Cooley

 

12:30-12:35 Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead reads "I Refuse"

 

12:40-1 Your News Vehicles

 

1-1:05 Russel Hulsey reads Wendell Berry's "Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

 

1:05-1:10 Ron Whitehead reads His Holiness The Dalai Lama & Ron Whitehead's "Never Give Up

 

1:10-1:25 Gnuma

 

1:25-1:30 New York Mets Poet Frank Messina reads two poems

 

1:30-1:50 Tyrone Cotton

 

1:50-2 Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead closes the 1st ever International GONZO FESTIVAL by reading "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent & Depraved"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

need to make sure there's backline on both inside & outside stages. thanks!!!

 

 

Mgmt Contacts: Monkey Wrench: 502-582-2433 , Bobby Burk: 502-387-0948, Joe Seidt 502-356-1159

Prod. Contacts:

Dave Porter : 502-416-5005 , Josh Greer : 502-582-5314 , Derrick Pedolzky : 502-558-2990

All bands expected to arrive at least 1hr prior to their set time to communicate with stage crews and establish prod. needs. fastest quitest changeovers (setup breakdown) ever. no soundchecks. we have most professional stage/sound/light/security team on planet. if any sound adjustments need to be made they'll be made by sound person during 1st song. if you take any longer than brief designated setup time you'll be eating up your own performance time i.e. if you're doing a 25 minute set and it takes you 20 minutes of your set time to start your 1st song well when clocks strikes 25 minutes sound person will turn your sound off and we'll help you, quickly, off the stage so next band can quickly set up. this necessary lesson to learn, especially for

Line Checks only if applicable.  ALL Load In of production gear must be finished by 11:45am.

 

The Everything GONZO Art Show (curated by Andy Cook) will be on display throughout the Festival. 

 

Hunter S. Thompson films and documentaries will be shown non-stop throughout the festival.

 

GONZOFEST produced by Dennie Humphrey, owner of The Monkey Wrench & Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead with Associate Producers Tisha Dean (Beerhouse Distributors and Flying Dog Ales), Scott Shuffitt (The Lebowski Festival), Joe Wendling, & others to be announced.

 

  Kyle Meredith, 91.9fm www.wfpk.org WFPK Radio Louisville Music Director and Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead will Host the event.

.

 Executive Producer Gill Scott Holland's Holland Brown Books, www.hollandbrownbooks.com (publisher of Ron's newest THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems book(20th), cd(30th), dvd(1st, plus 4 new videos), @ The Green Building. 

 

Festival Filmmakers and Photographers: George Parker Jr. & KyGREENtv www.kygreen.tv & The Louisville Film Society, Christian Hansen, Amanda Arnold, Ryan Armbrust, Shelley Vaughn Hora, Jeremy Hogan, James O'HayerEhren Smith & others to be announced.    .   

get your tickets asap. they'll be gone in no time. plus pick up beautiful Keep Louisville Gonzo t-shirts and bumper stickers (i.e. WHAT WOULD HUNTER DO? & many more) available at the Festival plus even more limited edition Gonzo (& related) posters, t-shirts, bumper stickers will be available plus plus entire event will be filmed and photgraphed for one-hour documentary and coffee table size book with text (to raise funds for next year's festival). 

 

Sponsored by: Dennie Humphrey's The Monkey Wrench, Beerhouse Distributors & Flying Dog Ales (all Flying Dog Beers including event exclusives will be on tap), Holland Brown Books, earX-tacy records, The Green Building & Holland Brown Books, The Lebowski Festival, Old Town Liquors, Heine Brothers Coffee, Guitar Emporium, The Bristol Bar & Grille, The Brown Hotel, the lounge, Leatherhead, LEO, WFPK 91.9fm Radio Louisville, KyGreenTV & The Louisville Film Society, The City Cafe, The Tim Faulkner Gallery, The Bodega, The Shady Lane Cafe, 2nd Story Books, The Funeral Home Recording Studio, Wild n Wooly Videos, Al Fresco Recording Studio, Grateful Threads, Published in Heaven, The Global Literary Renaissance, The Moving Mystery Theatre, DiY Do it Yourself Productions & more to be announced. 

 

 "I have long admired Ron Whitehead. He is 

crazy as nine loons, and his poetry is a dazzling mix of folk wisdom and pure mathematics.” Hunter S. Thompson

 

                                                    "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me." Hunter S. Thompson

 

                                                    "An outlaw can be defined as somebody who lives outside the law, not necessarily against it. By the time I wrote HELL'S ANGELS I was riding with them and it was clear that it was no longer possible for me to go back and live within the law. There were a lot more outlaws than me. I was just a writer. I wasn't trying to be an outlaw writer, I never heard of the term, somebody else made it up. But we were all outside the law, Kerouac, Miller, Burroughs, Ginsber, Kesey, me. I didn't have to gauge as to who was the worst outlaw. I just recognized my allies, my people." Hunter S. Thompson


"As for my perspective of the world and my writing, drugs usually enhance or strengthen my perceptions and reactions, for good or will. They've given me the resilience to withstand repeated shocks to my innocence gland. They've given me the strength to deal with the shocking realities guaranteed to shatter anyone's beliefs in the higher idealistic shibboleths of our time. Anyone who covers his beat for twenty years, and that beat is 'The Death of The American Dream', needs every goddamned crutch he can find."

     Hunter S. Thompson

 

"Everybody is rolling over in an age of cowardice, fear, greed. You can fight city hall, and you can beat the system. People are getting afraid to try. I couldn't have told you what the Fourth Amendment was until I got rolled over by that gang of white trash pig D.A. investigators that came to my house. Refusing to plea bargain and choosing to face a sixteen-year prison term in court until all charges were dropped, it was as much fun as I ever had in my life. I think it's something people should do and be able to do, just say Fuck You. You're the ones who broke the law, you came into my house."    Hunter S. Thompson

 

 

The Dark and Bloody Ground

 

Hunter Thompsons Louisville!

Gus Van Sants Louisville!

Will Oldhams Louisville!

Ron Whiteheads Louisville!

Jim James Louisville!

Sam Gilliams Louisville!

Tim Krekels Louisville!

Will Russells Louisville!

Thaniel Ion Lees Louisville!

Sean Garrisons Louisville!

Gill Hollands Louisville!

Jason Nobles Louisville!

Leslie Lyons Louisville!

Thomas Mertons Louisville!

Harlan Hubbards Louisville!

Hunter Thompsons Louisville!

Gus Van Sants Louisville!

Will Oldhams Louisville!

Ron Whiteheads Louisville!

Jim James Louisville!

Hunter Thompsons Louisville!

Hunter Thompsons Louisville?

Hunter Thompsons Louisville!!!!

 

Russel Hulsey, 2010

 

Keep Louisville Gonzo!



 

Paul K, The Godfather of Rock (Detroit/NYC/Kentucky):

"Ron Whitehead is America's greatest living poet."

 

"love is the ultimate outlaw" from Tom Tobbins' STILL LIFE WITH WOODPECKER.

  

John Rocco (New York City): "Ron Whitehead is the comet crashing outlaw shaman lunatic poet who keeps us all together!"  Thanks, Ron!

  

Olafur Gunnarsson (Iceland): "Ron Whitehead's newest book/cd/dvd, THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, is by far his finest work...and anyone who contradicts that is a damn fool...if such a fool exists. The Storm Generation has truly been born!"

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at Gill Scott Holland's The Green Building/Holland Brown Books www.hollandbrownbooks.com 

 

if you're interested in booking Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & Onward Pilgrim with violinist Emily Caudill to perform read speak practice hangoutology at your college university school museum festival club ashram bordello funeral or anything else anywhere round the world contact

Ron Whitehead, cell 502 475 7772 or email ron@tappingmyownphone.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) GONZO!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Paul K, The Godfather of Rock (Detroit/NYC/Kentucky):

"Ron Whitehead is America's greatest living poet."

 

"love is the ultimate outlaw" from Tom Tobbins' STILL LIFE WITH WOODPECKER.

  

John Rocco (New York City): "Ron Whitehead is the comet crashing outlaw shaman lunatic poet who keeps us all together!"  Thanks, Ron!

  

Olafur Gunnarsson (Iceland): "Ron Whitehead's newest book/cd/dvd, THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, is by far his finest work...and anyone who contradicts that is a damn fool...if such a fool exists. The Storm Generation has truly been born!"

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at Gill Scott Holland's The Green Building/Holland Brown Books www.hollandbrownbooks.com 

 

if you're interested in booking Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & Onward Pilgrim with violinist Emily Caudill to perform read speak practice hangoutology at your college university school museum festival club ashram bordello funeral or anything else anywhere round the world contact

Ron Whitehead, cell 502 475 7772 or email ron@tappingmyownphone.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) GONZO!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2010

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

"THE EDGE...THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO REALLY KNOW WHERE IT IS ARE THE ONES WHO HAVE GONE OVER IT." Dr. Hunter S. Thompson 

Announcing the 1st ever International Annual GONZO FESTIVAL, including Performer List/Times, all paying tribute to and honoring the life, work and legacy of one of the greatest most fearless writers of all time, Louisville Kentucky’s own native son Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.      

Saturday October 16, 2010 Noon to 2AM. 

 

July 2, 1960, From Bermuda 23 Years old:

 

If I could think of a way to do it right now, I’d head back to Louisville sit on the porch drinking beer, drive around Cherokee Park for a few nights, and try to sink back as far as I could into the world that did its best to make me. It’s not hard to get tired of interminable palms and Poinciana and I could do at the moment with a single elm tree on a midnight street in the Highlands.” Hunter S. Thompson   

this first ever, then annual, International GONZO FESTIVAL launches Dennie Humphrey's The Monkey Wrench as International Gonzo Hangoutology Monkey Wrench Gang Headquarters Park. giant Hunter mural (by Carol McLeod, Andy Cook, Evan Leibowitz, & Alexander King will be unveiled as part of the Festival which will birth International Gonzo Hangoutology Headquarters Monkey Wrench Park.  

The Monkey Wrench, 1025 Barrett Avenue, Louisville KY 40204 Phone (502) 582-2433, http://www.facebook.com/home.php7n1/group.php?gil=120003034721497    

Tickets, now on sale, for the Rain or Shine event are $12.00 in advance for General Admission or $15.00 day of the event for the entire show (no Guest Passes for anyone including producers). VIP ALL Access (only 100 of these tickets available & only @ The Monkey Wrench) $75.00 includes complimentary Food and Beverage, whatever you want to eat/drink (20 drink tickets) for entire 14-hour non-stop Festival. Tickets just now available, & going fast, @ earX-tacy records, The Monkey Wrench and online @ www.eTix.com

  

 

PERFORMER LIST/TIMES/STAGES (inside/outside/balconyVIP stages:

 

Outside stage

 

12-12:10 Ron welcomes everyone reads Hunter's "The Edge" & Hunter's Cherokee Road/The Highlands piece 

 

12:10-12:20 Alanna Fugate sings one Gonzo song (Ron intro)

 

12:20-12:30 Russel Hulsey reads "Dark and Bloody Ground" & two more poems one of which be Wendell Berry's "Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front"  (Ron intro)

 

12:30-12:45 Russel Hulsey reads "In The Waste Land" simultaneous with Shelley Vaughn Hora & Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead reading "Kentucky Reclamation" which is all bout Louisville reclaiming honoring celebrating native son Dr. Hunter S. Shaman Gonzo Thompson accompanied by Ninnie on acoustic instrument from Arctus at end of which Ninnie sings "How Many Roads Must A Woman Walk Down"

     

12:50-12:55 J.B. Wilson reads one Gonzo poem (Ron intro)

 

12:55-1 Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead reads "The Last Great Truthtellers" by way of introducing Paul K & Band

 

1-1:35 Paul K & Band  

 

Inside Stage

 

1:35-1:50 John Siegal sings 3 songs (Kyle intro)

 

1:50-2 Jacklyn Marceau 2 poems (Ron intro) 

 

2-2:15 Brett Eugene Ralph w/Jamie Daniels (Ron intro)

 

2:15-2:25 Justin Lewis two songs (Kyle intro)

 

Outside Stage

 

2:25-2:40 Captain America Merry Prankster Ed McClanahan (Ron intro)

2:40-2:50 Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead reads "I Refuse" 

 

2:50-3:20 The Bad Seeds

 

Inside Stage

 

3:20-3:35 Matter of Chance three songs (Ron intro)

 

3:35-3:45 J.B. Miller sings 2 songs (Kyle intro)

 

3:55-4:05 Kelly Render Wilkinson sings 2 songs (Ron intro)

 

Outside Stage

 

4:05-4:15 W. Loran Smith reads 3 poems (Ron intro)

 

4:15-4:20 Official Opening Ceremony: Kelly Render Wilkinson sings Mr. Tambourine Man

 

4:20-4:25 Mark Bacon reads brief passage from THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS (Ron intro)

 

4:25-4:30 Ron reads  three paragraphs from "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent & Depraved" accompanied by David Humphrey on fiddle

 

4:30-4:40 Dennie Humphrey, Kyle Meredith, Joe Wendling, Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead Huge Welcome Thank You to Everyone, seen & unseen, including Hunter who has already excitedly arrived chompin @ the bit for the show to get started. plus Special Presentation of The Keys to The City of Louisville, which Ron will present on behalf of Mayor Jerry Abramson, with Declaration of October 16, 2010 being named Anita Thompson Day honoring her and the life & work of her husband one of the greatest most fearless visionary writers of alltime Louisville native son Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (plus other surprises to be presented).

 

4:40-4:55 Ron accapella sings "Amazing Grace," accompanied by acoustic musicians Dr. Nanine Henderson, Aviv Nasmani, Ray Redman & Ninnie, while also weaving his Dr. Hunter Shaman Thompson is Dead Tribute.

 

4:55-5 Angelina Wedding one song (Ron intro)

 

5-5:15 Anita Thompson  (Ron intro)

 

5:15-5:30 Susi Wood sings 2 songs (L&N Don't Run Here Anymore?) then leads the audience in singing "My Old Kentucky Home" as banner lowered unveling beautiful brilliant giant full Monkey Wrench outside wall mural of Hunter 

 

Inside Stage

 

5:35-5-50 Brigid Kaelin sings 2 songs (Kyle intro) 

 

6-6:25 Lotus Blake (Ron intro w/"Greyhound into & outta Tennessee") 

 

6:35-7 The Commonwealth  

 

7:10-725 Cougar Express (Kyle intro) 

 

7:35-8 Jak Son Renfro & Serpent Wisdom w/Special Guests  (Ron intro)

 

Outside Stage 

 

8-8:30 Your News Vehicles (Ron intro)

 

8:40-9:05 Nerves Jr. (Ron intro)

 

9:15-9:40 The Workers (Kyle intro)

 

9:50-10:15 The Fervor (Kyle intro)

 

10:25-10-50 Scott Carney (Kyle intro)

 

Inside Stage 

 

10:50-11:15 Six White Horses (Kyle intro)

 

11:25-12:05 The Galoots w/Shannon Lawson & Steve Cooley (Kyle intro)    

12:15-12:35 The Stiffs (Ron intro with "Talk to Me") 

 

12:40-12:45  Vanessa Blakeslee one poem (Ron intro) 

  

12:45-1:05  New York Mets Poet Frank Messina (Ron intro)  

 

1:10-1:30 Tyrone Cotton (Ron intro)

 

1:40-2 Gnuma (Ron intro) 

 

Balcony VIP Lounge (one mic only)

 

2-2:10 John Gage two songs

 

2:10-2:15 Gui Stuart one poem

 

2:15-2:25 Ninnie two or three songs

 

2:25-2:30 J.B. Wilson one poem

 

2:30-2:35 John Hagan one poem

 

2:35-2:40 Eric Sutherland one poem

 

2:40-2:50 Johnny Sands two songs

 

2:50-2:55 Samantha The Hawk Hawkinson one poem

 

2:55-3 Danny O'Bryan one poem

 

3-3:05 Matthew Landan one piece

 

3:05-3:10 Divinity Rose one poem

 

3:10-3:20 James Davis two songs

 

3:20-3:25 Dylan Browning Whitehead one poem

 

3:25-3:35 William Sovern three poems

 

3:35-3:45 John Paul Wright two songs

 

3:45-3:50 Dean McClain "Shotgun Full of Jesus"

 

3:55-4 Nancy Bruner Wilson one poem "Steve Tomes"

 

4-4:05 High Water Mark one song

 

4:05-4:15 Rob Z two songs including "16 Tons"

   

 

need to make sure there's backline on both inside & outside stages. thanks!!!

 

 

Mgmt Contacts: Monkey Wrench: 502-582-2433 , Bobby Burk: 502-387-0948, Joe Seidt 502-356-1159

Prod. Contacts:

Dave Porter : 502-416-5005 , Josh Greer : 502-582-5314 , Derrick Pedolzky : 502-558-2990

All bands expected to arrive at least 1hr prior to their set time to communicate with stage crews and establish prod. needs. fastest quitest changeovers (setup breakdown) ever. no soundchecks. we have most professional stage/sound/light/security team on planet. if any sound adjustments need to be made they'll be made by sound person during 1st song. if you take any longer than brief designated setup time you'll be eating up your own performance time i.e. if you're doing a 25 minute set and it takes you 20 minutes of your set time to start your 1st song well when clocks strikes 25 minutes sound person will turn your sound off and we'll help you, quickly, off the stage so next band can quickly set up. this necessary lesson to learn, especially for

Line Checks only if applicable.  ALL Load In of production gear must be finished by 11:45am.

 

The Everything GONZO Art Show (curated by Andy Cook) will be on display throughout the Festival. 

 

Hunter S. Thompson films and documentaries will be shown non-stop throughout the festival.

 

GONZOFEST produced by Dennie Humphrey, owner of The Monkey Wrench & Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead with Associate Producers Tisha Dean (Beerhouse Distributors and Flying Dog Ales), Scott Shuffitt (The Lebowski Festival), Joe Wendling, & others to be announced.

 

  Kyle Meredith, 91.9fm www.wfpk.org WFPK Radio Louisville Music Director and Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead will Host the event.

.

 Executive Producer Gill Scott Holland's Holland Brown Books, www.hollandbrownbooks.com (publisher of Ron's newest THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems book(20th), cd(30th), dvd(1st, plus 4 new videos), @ The Green Building. 

 

Festival Filmmakers and Photographers: George Parker Jr. & KyGREENtv www.kygreen.tv & The Louisville Film Society, Christian Hansen, Amanda Arnold, Ryan Armbrust, Shelley Vaughn Hora, Jeremy Hogan, James O'HayerEhren Smith & others to be announced.    .   

get your tickets asap. they'll be gone in no time. plus pick up beautiful Keep Louisville Gonzo t-shirts and bumper stickers (i.e. WHAT WOULD HUNTER DO? & many more) available at the Festival plus even more limited edition Gonzo (& related) posters, t-shirts, bumper stickers will be available plus plus entire event will be filmed and photgraphed for one-hour documentary and coffee table size book with text (to raise funds for next year's festival). 

 

Sponsored by: Dennie Humphrey's The Monkey Wrench, Beerhouse Distributors & Flying Dog Ales (all Flying Dog Beers including event exclusives will be on tap), Holland Brown Books, earX-tacy records, The Green Building & Holland Brown Books, The Lebowski Festival, Old Town Liquors, Heine Brothers Coffee, Guitar Emporium, The Bristol Bar & Grille, The Brown Hotel, the lounge, Leatherhead, LEO, WFPK 91.9fm Radio Louisville, KyGreenTV & The Louisville Film Society, The City Cafe, The Tim Faulkner Gallery, The Bodega, The Shady Lane Cafe, 2nd Story Books, The Funeral Home Recording Studio, Wild n Wooly Videos, Al Fresco Recording Studio, Grateful Threads, Published in Heaven, The Global Literary Renaissance, The Moving Mystery Theatre, DiY Do it Yourself Productions & more to be announced. 

 

 "I have long admired Ron Whitehead. He is 

crazy as nine loons, and his poetry is a dazzling mix of folk wisdom and pure mathematics.” Hunter S. Thompson

 

                                                    "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me." Hunter S. Thompson

 

                                                    "An outlaw can be defined as somebody who lives outside the law, not necessarily against it. By the time I wrote HELL'S ANGELS I was riding with them and it was clear that it was no longer possible for me to go back and live within the law. There were a lot more outlaws than me. I was just a writer. I wasn't trying to be an outlaw writer, I never heard of the term, somebody else made it up. But we were all outside the law, Kerouac, Miller, Burroughs, Ginsber, Kesey, me. I didn't have to gauge as to who was the worst outlaw. I just recognized my allies, my people." Hunter S. Thompson


"As for my perspective of the world and my writing, drugs usually enhance or strengthen my perceptions and reactions, for good or will. They've given me the resilience to withstand repeated shocks to my innocence gland. They've given me the strength to deal with the shocking realities guaranteed to shatter anyone's beliefs in the higher idealistic shibboleths of our time. Anyone who covers his beat for twenty years, and that beat is 'The Death of The American Dream', needs every goddamned crutch he can find."

     Hunter S. Thompson

 

"Everybody is rolling over in an age of cowardice, fear, greed. You can fight city hall, and you can beat the system. People are getting afraid to try. I couldn't have told you what the Fourth Amendment was until I got rolled over by that gang of white trash pig D.A. investigators that came to my house. Refusing to plea bargain and choosing to face a sixteen-year prison term in court until all charges were dropped, it was as much fun as I ever had in my life. I think it's something people should do and be able to do, just say Fuck You. You're the ones who broke the law, you came into my house."    Hunter S. Thompson

 

 

The Dark and Bloody Ground

 

Hunter Thompsons Louisville!

Gus Van Sants Louisville!

Will Oldhams Louisville!

Ron Whiteheads Louisville!

Jim James Louisville!

Sam Gilliams Louisville!

Tim Krekels Louisville!

Will Russells Louisville!

Thaniel Ion Lees Louisville!

Sean Garrisons Louisville!

Gill Hollands Louisville!

Jason Nobles Louisville!

Leslie Lyons Louisville!

Thomas Mertons Louisville!

Harlan Hubbards Louisville!

Hunter Thompsons Louisville!

Gus Van Sants Louisville!

Will Oldhams Louisville!

Ron Whiteheads Louisville!

Jim James Louisville!

Hunter Thompsons Louisville!

Hunter Thompsons Louisville?

Hunter Thompsons Louisville!!!!

 

Russel Hulsey, 2010

 

Keep Louisville Gonzo!



 

Paul K, The Godfather of Rock (Detroit/NYC/Kentucky):

"Ron Whitehead is America's greatest living poet."

 

"love is the ultimate outlaw" from Tom Tobbins' STILL LIFE WITH WOODPECKER.

  

John Rocco (New York City): "Ron Whitehead is the comet crashing outlaw shaman lunatic poet who keeps us all together!"  Thanks, Ron!

  

Olafur Gunnarsson (Iceland): "Ron Whitehead's newest book/cd/dvd, THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, is by far his finest work...and anyone who contradicts that is a damn fool...if such a fool exists. The Storm Generation has truly been born!"

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at Gill Scott Holland's The Green Building/Holland Brown Books www.hollandbrownbooks.com 

 

if you're interested in booking Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & Onward Pilgrim with violinist Emily Caudill to perform read speak practice hangoutology at your college university school museum festival club ashram bordello funeral or anything else anywhere round the world contact

Ron Whitehead, cell 502 475 7772 or email ron@tappingmyownphone.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) GONZO!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

Paul K, The Godfather of Rock (Detroit/NYC/Kentucky):

"Ron Whitehead is America's greatest living poet."

 

"love is the ultimate outlaw" from Tom Tobbins' STILL LIFE WITH WOODPECKER.

  

John Rocco (New York City): "Ron Whitehead is the comet crashing outlaw shaman lunatic poet who keeps us all together!"  Thanks, Ron!

  

Olafur Gunnarsson (Iceland): "Ron Whitehead's newest book/cd/dvd, THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, is by far his finest work...and anyone who contradicts that is a damn fool...if such a fool exists. The Storm Generation has truly been born!"

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at Gill Scott Holland's The Green Building/Holland Brown Books www.hollandbrownbooks.com 

 

if you're interested in booking Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & Onward Pilgrim with violinist Emily Caudill to perform read speak practice hangoutology at your college university school museum festival club ashram bordello funeral or anything else anywhere round the world contact

Ron Whitehead, cell 502 475 7772 or email ron@tappingmyownphone.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) GONZO!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Paul K, The Godfather of Rock (Detroit/NYC/Kentucky):

"Ron Whitehead is America's greatest living poet."

 

"love is the ultimate outlaw" from Tom Tobbins' STILL LIFE WITH WOODPECKER.

  

John Rocco (New York City): "Ron Whitehead is the comet crashing outlaw shaman lunatic poet who keeps us all together!"  Thanks, Ron!

  

Olafur Gunnarsson (Iceland): "Ron Whitehead's newest book/cd/dvd, THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, is by far his finest work...and anyone who contradicts that is a damn fool...if such a fool exists. The Storm Generation has truly been born!"

 

Copies of the Ron's new book (20th)/cd (30th)/dvd (1st), THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, are available at the author’s shows, and at Gill Scott Holland's The Green Building/Holland Brown Books www.hollandbrownbooks.com 

 

if you're interested in booking Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead & Onward Pilgrim with violinist Emily Caudill to perform read speak practice hangoutology at your college university school museum festival club ashram bordello funeral or anything else anywhere round the world contact

Ron Whitehead, cell 502 475 7772 or email ron@tappingmyownphone.com

 

keep Louisville (& the world & all intergalactic & interdimensional space) GONZO!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2010

 

Ron Whitehead

919 Cherokee Road

Louisville, Kentucky
40204

USA

 

Phone 502 475 7772 

Email tmopinsight@yahoo.com

Official website www.tappingmyownphone.com

also on facebook plus facebook fan club



Ron Whitehead resume, bio, testimonials

Objective

Visiting Writer-in-Residence or Professor/Full Time or Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing Literature Humanities Readings/Performances FilmWork
Recording Editing Publishing Speaking Producing.

Experience

20 years teaching University of Louisville, St. Catherine College, Bellarmine University, Spalding University, Jefferson Community College. 24 years lecturing, presenting papers, chairing sessions at national and international literature symposiums: University of Iceland (Reyjkavik), University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands), University of Braga (Portugal), Trinity College (Ireland), New York University, Hofstra University, numerous others. more info included in brief bio (included).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education

1982-86                                   University of Louisville                  Louisville , Kentucky.    BA English  3.75GPA

 1985                                   University of Oxford                  
Oxford ’s International Graduate School.  4.0GPA

1990-92                              University of Louisville

MA Humanities   4.0GPA
      

Interests

see brief bio plus testimonials (included)

hundreds of references, and transcripts, available upon request.
also glad to interview via phone, internet, in person.

 

 

 


Ron Whitehead's brief bio:

 

Ron Whitehead is poet, writer, editor, publisher, organizer, scholar, professor. He grew up on a farm in Kentucky. He attended The University of Louisville and Oxford University. As poet and writer he is the recipient of numerous state, national, and international awards/prizes including The All Kentucky Poetry Prize and The Yeats Club of Oxford's Prize for Poetry. He was nominated, twice for The Pulitzer Prize. In 2006 Dr. John Rocco (NYC) nominated Ron for The Nobel Prize in Literature. He was recently inducted into his high school's (Ohio County High) Hall of Fame, representing his 1968 graduating class.

 

Ron taught college/university for twenty years at The University of Louisville, Spalding University, St. Catherine College, Jefferson Community College, and Bellarmine University. He has presented numerous talks, lectures, and writing workshops around the world at colleges, universities, and institutions which include Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland), The University of Iceland (Reykjavik, Iceland), The University of Braga (Braga, Portugal), The University of Nijmegen (Nijmegen, The Netherlands), New York University (New York City, New York), Hofstra University (Long Island, New York), University of Louisville (Louisville, Kentucky), University of New Orleans (New Orleans, Louisiana), and many more.

 

In 1992 Ron and Kent Fielding founded The Global Literary Renaissance, a non-profit organization, supporting the global literary community. Ron was Director of the Global Literary Renaissance for 14 years.

 

Ron has produced over 3,000 music and poetry events throughout Europe and the USA including many 24, 48, 72 & 90 hour Non-Stop Music & Poetry INSOMNIACATHONs plus he produced The Official Hunter S. Thompson Tribute (featuring Hunter, Johnny Depp, Warren Zevon, The Sheriff of Pitking County, Roxanne Pulitzer, David Amram, Hunter's mother, Virginia, & son, Juan, Harvey Sloane, Annie Wedekind, Susi Wood & bluegrass band & many others), the London International Poetry & Song Festival (with Richard Deakin), The New York City Underground Music & Poetry Festival (with Casey Cyr & David Amram & Steve Dalachinsky & Nora Roberts/17 venues/4 days/nights), The Netherland's 10-day International Meer Dan Woorden Festival (with Jan Pankow), LIVE at THE RUD Benefit Concert (with Jim James & Carl Broemmel of My Morning Jacket, and Sarah Elizabeth and Andy Cook), plus many many more. After he produced INSOMNIACATHON 2008 (April 2008) he  retired from producing events but on 10/16/10 produced The 1st ever International GONZO FESTIVAL @ The Monkey Wrench in Louisville Kentucky honoring paying tribute to the life and work of his friend and hero Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. The amazing through the roof beyond the beyond event featured numerous some of the best musicians bands spoken word artists painters speakers on the planet including Anita Thompson, New York Mets Poet Frank Messina, Tony Broy, Congressman John Yarmuth, The Everything GONZO ART SHOW and the unveiling of giant Hunter Mural. Ron has also agreed to co-produce, with all Iceland's best famous infamous outlaw Viking tattoo runed High Pagan poets writers artists photographers dancers filmmakers musicians singers bands publishers psychic djs & more, the 1st ever Storm Generation Festival in Iceland 4 days/nights inside/outside Reykjavik summer solstice June 2011 after which he'll climb the historic Viking Mountain, from which several/many people have been blown off to their deaths, as Ron nearly was three times when he peaked the venerable mountain and met with The Norse Gods, one more time searching for and finding a cave filled with wolves where he'll spend the rest of his days, dwelling with his Wolf Clan Brothers and Sisters, never to be seen by humans again.


Ron has edited and published over 2,000 titles including work by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, President Jimmy Carter, Seamus Heaney, Jack Kerouac, David Amram, Diane di Prima, Lucien Stryk, Allen Ginsberg, John Updike, BONO, Frank Messina, Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, Amiri Baraka, Rita Dove, Thomas Merton, Wendell Berry, Edvard Munch, William S. Burroughs, Hunter S. Thompson, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gregory Corso, Herbert Huncke, James Laughlin, Douglas Brinkley, Lee Ranaldo, Robert Hunter, Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, David Minton, Bob Holman, Cathal O'Searcaigh, Eithne Strong, Theo Dorgan, Jim Carroll, Casey Cyr, Denis Mahoney, Steve Dalachinsky, Jean Genet, Jan Kerouac, Christopher Felver, Brother Patrick Hart, Robert Lax, Howard & Nancy Wilson, Michael Pollock, Olafur Gunnarsson, and many many others.

 

Ron's work has been exhibited round the world from New York City to Louisville to New Orleans to San Francisco and from India to Czech Republic to Italy to Portugal to Ireland to The Netherlands to Iceland and beyond. The UN/UNESCO "Poetry On The Peaks" program selected The Dalai Lama/Ron Whitehead "Never Give Up" message/poem poster as its theme for 2002. Thousands of copies were donated and shipped to cities, mountain villages, Buddhist, and other communities, groups, and organizations round the world. The "Never Give Up" poem has been published in numerous publications including NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, a book by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, and many others. Ron's "Never Give Up" poem can also be found on t-shirts, cards, posters, and banners all over the world. 

 

For the past 20 years Ron has been GOing non-stop. He is the author of 20 books and he has work on more than 30 CDs. His new book, THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems includes cd and his first dvd as inserts. Ron is doing more and more film work as screenwriter, editor, and actor.

His 20 BOOK titles include:
WESTERN KENTUCKY: Lost & Forgotten, Found & Remembered (with Sarah Elizabeth)
THE THIRD TESTAMENT: Three Gospels of Peace (with art by Lawrence Ferlinghetti & David Minton)
BEAVER DAM ROCKING CHAIR MARATHON
THE WANDERER

THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO & on parting, the wilderness poems (with cd companion), August 2010 release:

a Published in Heaven Book for The Global Literary Renaissance from Holland Brown Books.

PRAYERS for THE MODERN TRAVELER & A Host of Heavenly Guests = spring 2011 release.

4th person singular: THE ADVENTURES of BRAIN MAN (work in progress)
GROWTH OF THE SOUL: Kentucky, Where Diamonds are Created: I Refuse, Will Not Bow Down and I Will Never Give Up: an alchemical autobiographical history of The Global Literary Renaissance, White Fields Press, Published in Heaven, The Storm Generation, and my life (focus on 1990-2010)(work in progress)

His over 30 CD titles include:
TAPPING MY OWN PHONE
KENTUCKY ROOTS
KENTUCKY: poems, stories, songs 
KENTUCKY BLUES 
I WILL NOT BOW DOWN 
EXTERMINATE NOISE
FROM ICELAND TO KENTUCKY & BEYOND 
SWAN BOATS @ FOUR 
THE SHAPE OF WATER 
THE VIKING HILLBILLY APOCALYPSE REVUE
WALKING HOME

I REFUSE

Ron Whitehead and SOUTHSIDE's SOUTHSIDE LOUNGE

Ron Whitehead and SOUTHSIDE's WE ARE THE STORM double cd

THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO & on parting, the wilderness poems: audio book recording, (companion to new book, released August 2010)

 

Ron reads his work with musicians from around the world, in all genres of music, including David Amram, Iceland's Sigur Ros & HOH & MEGAS, Tyrone Cotton, Iceland's Michael & Danny Pollock of UTANGARDSMENN/The Outsiders, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Paul K & The Weathermen, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Frank Messina & Octopoet & Spoken Motion, James Walck & The Mind2Hands Symphonia, Vassar Clemens, Tom House, By The Grace of God, Black Pig Liberation Front, Casey Cyr, Rich Martin, Jeremy Podgursky & The Pennies, Blowup in Japanese, RB Morris & Hector Qirko, Scaramongo, Sarah Elizabeth, SOUTHSIDE, The Honey Highway & numerous others.

 

Ron's groups have included Voices Without Restraint, Ron Whitehead's Apocalypse Jam, The Viking Hillbilly Apocalypse Revue, outlaw music/spoken word band SOUTHSIDE, and ONWARD PILGRIM. He and Sarah Elizabeth performed and toured together non-stop for five years. Ron's new book(20th)/cd(30th)/dvd(1st)/& 4 new videos were released, by Gill Scott Holland's Holland Brown Books, with evenings of music and spoken word plus receptions signings were held at Gill Scott Holland's The Green Building on East Market Street in Louisville, Kentucky and at The Rudyard Kipling.

 

Ron was recently nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature by New York City professor, James Joyce scholar, music critic, and author of many books, Dr. John Rocco (see letter below).


 

To The Nobel Prize Committee,

I am writing you about one of America's greatest poets. His name is Ron Whitehead and for his entire career he has written volatile and important verse that has given a new presence to American poetry. Whitehead's work is in the tradition of the Beat Generation but also deeply influenced by rock and roll, the legacy of the European avant-garde from Knut Hamsun to James Joyce, and his own native Kentucky. He is at the same time a regional and universal writer; Kentucky is his home but the world is his subject. Whitehead's poetry is a powerful summation of the American spirit.


I would like to take this time to bring this extraordinary poet to your attention for consideration for the Nobel Prize in literature. Whitehead's poetry is exuberant and shocking, delicate and blunt, combative and sensitive. There is a vital spirituality in his work that questions the nature of artistic creativity at the same time it embodies it. His work is profoundly engaged in critiquing the control modern American culture has over the individual and the planet. The Beaver Dam Rocking Chair Marathon is a summation of his aesthetics: part Bildungsroman, part rock protest, all Whitehead white hot poetic energy.  


As the profile in this package indicates, Whitehead is a tireless promoter of poetry and its power to heal the world. To recognize his work is to recognize the power of the word to resist imperialism, intolerance, and hate. Whitehead has made American poetry a vehicle for social change and a power to transform the world...

        

Thank you for considering this important American writer.
Yours sincerely,

Dr. John Rocco
Associate Professor of Humanities
SUNY (State University of New York Maritime)
James Joyce scholar John Rocco is the author of The Nirvana Companion, The Beastie Boys Companion, The Doors Companion, The Grateful Dead Companion, and other Schirmer Books. He is completing a volume on James Joyce. His novel Fur was released in 2005. He is a critic for American Book Review and numerous other literary and music publications.

 

Several thousand of Ron's works have been published round the world in a diverse range of publications (all mediums) from TRIQUARTERLY (Northwestern University/Illinois) to ARTFORUM (Czech Republic) to BLUE BEAT JACKET (Japan) to BEAT SCENE (England) to SOUTHERN REVIEW (Louisiana) to TRIBE magazine (NYC) and many more.


Ron has presented over 6,000 readings of his own creative work round the world.


Ron's work is in museum, library, and private collections around the world. The University of Louisville Rare Books & Archives, Directed by Delinda Buie, is the permanent repository for Ron's work (past, present, future). Seven exhibits have been held. A major exhibition, with catalogue, is being planned. Several thousand, of hundreds of thousands, of items have already been catalogued. 

 

Many of Ron's poems have been and are being translated into many languages. For a time Ron was Velocity's (Kentucy's Courier-Journal) Advice Columnist. He has written for and been featured in a multitude of publications around the world. In February 2009 Ron was a featured poet at the International Poetry Festival in Granada, Nicaragua. 130 poets from 50 countries, all 7 continents, participated. He recently returned from NYC where he completed film work for Ralph Stevens' independent film, AMAZING SPACE, plus he did performances with Frank Messina www.spokeface.com , The David Amram Trio www.davidamram.com , Tyrone Cotton www.tyronecotton.com , and SOUTHSIDE members Scott Mertz, Andy Cook, and Lee Troutman at the Cornelia Street Cafe and the Chelsea Hotel.

After his Father's June 2009 death (plus the deaths of 15 friends within 90 days of his Dad's death i.e. Tim Krekel, Steve Ferguson, Jim Carroll, James Baker Hall) Ron entered a state of semi-seclusion to recover from the grief and to work on three new books, continued to edit works by friend from round the world plus perform record tour with musicians singers bands poets writers dancers photographers filmmakers, all genres of the arts, and present readings talks performances round the world. After being away from Louisville for a year he has finally returned and, while traveling and being away from his beloved Louisville for more than a year, he is finally thankfully back homebasing in Louisville, happier freer than ever, lighter than a feather, working (well when you're living your dream as he's done for now over twenty years it's not work it's lightninged passion) simultaneously, being born an ultra-multitasker, on over 100 creative projects with folks round the world. He is going to make Louisville his homebase from here on out while traveling the world more than ever.


After turning down over a thousand performance/show invitations from round the world, cause of his grief from his Dad's and all his friends' deaths, he has finally started accepting paying gigs. He is back on his feet and if you've seen his recent performance/presentation/readings (or his new DVD) you know he can not only still kick major ass but his new work has revealed a growing deeper aspect to his being his work. After well for over twenty years of living being his lightninged passioned dragon fire dream non-stop burning the candle

at both ends yes the wax is all gone and the two flames have become one burning ever brighter alchemical shamanic sin eater creative spiritual lightninged flame. Ron considers himself to be the most blessed richest no complaints only thanks person on the planet and hopes and encourages everyone to find, each in their own way, that same perpetually ecstatic visioned state of being.

 

If you're interested in Outlaw Poet Ron Whitehead to perform read speak practice teach hangoutology at your college university school museum festival club etc, anywhere round the world, contact

Ron Whitehead

The Storm Generation

The Global Literary Renaissance

Published in Heaven

DiY Do It Yourself Productions

919 Cherokee Road

Louisville, Kentucky 40204 usa

cell 502 475 7772

email tmopinsight@yahoo.com

website www.tappingmyownphone.com

plus facebook & facebook fan club

 

Ron´s official website, www.tappingmyownphone.com, annually receives approximately one million hits from more than 80 countries. With artist Howard & poet Nancy Bruner Wilson they are presently signing on board a new webmaster who will soon completely overhaul expand update and maintain their www.tappingmyownphone.com site. The brilliant Kurt Maddox is webmaster for Ron's facebook fan club site. Also check out www.insomniacathon.org.

 

here are a few Testimonials regarding Ron Whitehead and his work:


His poetry, prose, and other writings have appeared round the world in a spectrum of journals, magazines, anthologies, newspapers, posters, CDs, cassettes, vinyl, chapbooks, zines, books, literary, music, films & arts publications. Below you will find quotes and testimonials from folks round the world regarding Ron and his work:

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (City Lights, San Fransisco): "Ron Whitehead is a real visionary!"

Hunter S. Thompson (Colorado): "I have long admired Ron Whitehead. He is crazy as nine loons, and his poetry is a dazzling mix of folk wisdom and pure mathematics."

Yevgeny Yevtushenko (Russia): "Ron Whitehead is a prophet. He is one of the world's greatest poet prophets. What an inspiring honor to hear him read here at Granada Nicaragua's International Poetry Festival!"

Cameron Crowe & Nancy Wilson (California): "We love Ron and Sarah Whitehead's WESTERN KENTUCKY masterpiece...and Sarah Elizabeth's stunning music...Ron Whitehead is a genius...Ron and Sarah are quite the inspiring couple..."

David Amram (New York): "Ron Whitehead is already acknowledged by many of his Elders to be a Major Literary Figure and the epitome of the work ethic! Ron and I have collaborated, recorded and performed at major festivals and universities all over the USA and Europe. Ron Whitehead is an extraordinary motivator who inspires young people to pursue the highest standards, to work tirelessly and to celebrate the intellect by constant study of Classic Literature while remaining Creative. At 73, I continue to learn from him."


Frank Messina (NYC/Jersey City/NY Mets Poet Laureate):
"Ron, congratulations on what I believe is your most courageous and beautiful work, THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems. The poems are old age wisdom poems of reflection. I read the entire book in an hour. Afterwards felt a profound sense of sadness. Beautiful work, deeply touching poignant sad, sometimes hilarious always brilliant poems.

I know how deeply effected you were by your daddy's death. I am glad you delved into this often avoided topic of the life cycle. When my dad passed away, I stripped down and painted...for months. I couldn't write. I'm not sure if I can ever get to that level of profound sadness and creativity again, well maybe I don't want to either. But that's what you did in your poems. You leaned right in and wrestled with the beasts...and triumphed. This is perhaps your best work ever.

The DVD is excellently produced. You were so relaxed. For viewers, it'll be a real treat. This is classic Ron Whitehead, hanging out with him in a studio reading poems and adding footnotes about the poems. Keeping the conversations with the studio engineer was a briliant idea. There's some hilarious moments, brilliant moments. People will love and cherish this for years and years. One day beyond your time, young people will be able to put on the DVD and see 'that Kentucky madman outlaw poet' in all his mighty glory. Beautiful stuff.

You said this may be your last work. While I hope that isn't true, it'll be a perfect conclusion to a profound and magically prolific life.

Congratulations and Big Hugs from your Sicilian brother in Jersey City."

Frank Messina

 

Olafur Gunnarsson (Iceland): Ron Whitehead's newest book/cd/dvd, THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems, is by far his finest work...and anyone who contradicts that is a damn fool...if such a fool exists. The Storm Generation has truly been born!

 

Blanca Castellon (Nicaragua): "Ron Whitehead was the hero of our 2009 Granada Nicaragua International Poetry Festival."


 

John Rocco (New York City): Ron Whitehead is the comet crashing outlaw shaman lunatic poet who keeps us all together!  Thanks, Ron!

 

Michael Dean Odin Pollock (Iceland): Listening to Ron Whitehead's new CD, THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO and on parting, the wilderness poems (Book/CD/DVD) reminds me of the Magick & Significance of the Oral Tradition that is Ancient VERY prominent in Icelandic texts & Sufi Joujouka Music and Ron's mam o man i gotta say that his new DVD really hit me in that deep deep place...all ego and Self conciousness laid aside it remimded me that Ron & the forces he is channneling which incude his army of guardian angels equals makes Ron one of the Greatest Poets of he 20th Century...i know its the 21st Century now but i don't run on linear time i got one foot in this world & one in the next i am out on the bridge & Brother Ron thanx for reminding me concerning death & loss as i watched my ma & pa & several close freinds go in the last coupla teared years...i dont have too much earthly ambition left but my conviction is reafirmed by watchin this STORM GENERATION DVD that when i die i wanna die ALIVE :-))))))"

Casey Cyr (Connecticut): "Ron Whitehead transends even the devestatingly hard lessons of our times and speaks to the only true lessons, the eternal ones. He cuts right through the chaos that comprises our chattering thoughts. Ron Whitehead asks: Can art matter? Is it merely a gold exchange for the rich? Art IS the Holy Grail. And at the deepest primal level, everybody knows it. Only a few, like Ron Whitehead, can perceive it as clearly and communicate it while in his incarnate human being."

Frank Messina (New York): "Ron Whitehead is one of my closest allies. He is a man of wisdom and tolerance. Ron and I debate over political issues, and sometimes he's even right. But, in the end, we're still friends. There is only one man I want to fight along my side in the trenches of life and his name is Ron Whitehead. He is one of the last warriors left in America."

Carolyn Cassady (England): "I had heard people talk about Ron Whitehead for years so when I heard him read at The Ocean on the last night of the London International Poetry and Song Festival I understood why. His poems, and his reading of them, are pure genius."

Annalisa Papaleo (Italy): "Ron Whitehead is an alchemist of language, a magician of poetry, a King of Words...I am honored to translate his work into Italian."

John Rocco (New York): "In BEAVER DAM ROCKING CHAIR MARATHON: fragments of a lost text, Ron Whitehead is 'the great rememberer' and 'the great experiencer'...a scintillating portrait...a Bildungsroman...in which each memory becomes charged with his history and the embrace of his subject...capturing the memory of what Ginsberg calls 'Mortal' America...and Whitehead's new CD TAPPING MY OWN PHONE is a mercurial collection which features some of the 'fragments' that appear in the novel."


Gill Scott Holland (Kentucky): "Ron Whitehead is a Louisville institution. Nothing without him can happen."


John Tytell (New York): "With The Declaration of Independence This Time: Selected Poems 1996-2000, Ron Whitehead has a brave powerful book and the voice to carry it."

Zen Master Dae Gak (Korea): "Ron Whitehead is Angry tender hearted Poet lover Who, Ripped open by life's Sharp, diamond caesarean Edge, Emerges, awake, alive, Shaking blood and tissue. Howling at the, with a shriek, Morning sun AAAAAGH!!!!!!!"

Theo Dorgan (Ireland): "Ron Whitehead is a one man Atlantic bridge."

Eimear O'Connor (Ireland): "Ron Whitehead's words travelled at high speed Along the Liffey and out into the sea...mesmerised By the motion Of emotion...Something magic Happened over the Winding Stair Above the streets, Closer to the stars."

Vincent McWilliams (Ireland): "Ron Whitehead's poetry is like a fast train coming."

David Amram (New York): "At the dawn of the 21st Century our young people have few role models of distinction and even fewer people close to their own age to look up to. Ron Whitehead gives hope to our artistic and intellectual future and gives our young people someone to look up to and emulate. Having worked with Ron many times, round the world, I can only share my amazement at his genius-level ability to organize and create memorable events that make all involved feel inspired to do their best. His own brilliance as a poet is matched by his dynamism, integrity and ability to communicate with anybody and everybody. I am honored to work with him anytime he ever needs me."

Lee Ranaldo (New York): "Ron Whitehead's TAPPING MY OWN PHONE is superb!"

Michael Pollock (Iceland): "Ron Whitehead is The World Ambassador of Poetry."

Karel Srp (Czeck Republic): "The ARTFORUM '98 Exhibition of Ron Whitehead's important work, both his and his work as Director of The Literary Renaissance, was a big hit and a huge success. It is very important for us to see, through poetry and art, the situation in USA and round the world. Through Ron's work we see. Now all his work is in our archives. The people of Prague can continue to see. We are proud. It is important for us. Thank YOU!"

Lana Witt (California): "Ron Whitehead is amazing. I've seldom known poetry to rise to the honesty, stubborness, and energy of what came charging straight at me in his CD TAPPING MY OWN PHONE."

Frank Messina (New York): "Listening to TAPPING MY OWN PHONE is like tapping into an oil well of inspiration; a poetic horn of plenty where the flavor of American political angst and true Kentuckian local color shoots its way straight to the soul. Ron Whitehead is at least Chaucer's equal. The BEAVER DAM ROCKING CHAIR MARATHON is a Masterpiece better than THE CANTERBURY TALES. Three cheers to Ron Whitehead!"

Kevin Ring (England): "Ron Whitehead explodes in a tirade aimed at pulling down all the garbage that society holds dear: rampant commercialism, couldn't care lessism. If the President thinks he's got trouble with Ms Lewinsky then he'd better watch out for Ron as he gives us the REAL AMERICA."

Frederick Smock (Kentucky): "BEAVER DAM ROCKING CHAIR MARATHON achieves an urgency and immediacy that is truly poetic."

Jordan Green (North Carolina): "Ron Whitehead is the incantatory, subversive bard of Kentucky. He is a poet with higher vision and higher frequency tuning. He has a performance style learned from his Pentecostal preacher grandfather but which also takes the best from the oral poetic style of the Beats. Ron is an energy force that encourages articulation and voice, that makes young people proud to be part of something. His voice cuts through the rough reality of his western Kentucky coal mining roots and reaches for a higher cosmic grace. Ron has produced over 400 readings and INSOMNIACATHONs and has read all over Europe and the USA. At the age of 48, with a family to support and complete commitment to his craft, Ron Whitehead will get in a car or on a plane anytime and travel anywhere he's asked to give a reading."

Miguel Moors (Belgium): "Ron Whitehead dissects American Society with a butcher knife."

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (California): "Ron Whitehead, out there in Kentucky, out there where the tall heroes used to grow, is sowing the dragon's teeth of new heroics."

Bob Holman (New York): "And now it was like a cyclone hit that stage - Ron Whitehead is screeding a poem with an 8-piece orchestra toodling out sounds by Jeremy Podgursky, amazing, high energy, a battle for soul!"

Anastasios Kozaitis (New York): "Ron Whitehead is the most engaged poetry activist in the United States of America!"

Al Aronowitz (New York): "An autobiographical gem that marks compassion and defiance as the touchstones of heroic myth in the coming-of-age of a young man in the western Kentucky coal fields. Ron Whitehead is one of the greatest poets of our time."

Paul McDonald (Indonesia): "Ron Whitehead has the gift of perceiving the divine in the ordinary. His work is always at least exciting if not magical. It is simultaneously hard-bitten, stark and urban while containing a gentle, pastoral lyricism all of which is always compelling. His work is a dharma gate that must be entered, a magnificent Zen koan where the question and answer lie hidden in the experience."

Rene Hendrix (The Netherlands): "William S. Burroughs and Ron Whitehead, in a series of dreams, taught me how to save the world."

Casey Cyr (Connecticut): "Ron Whitehead has been working so hard all his life, has climbed the equivalent of a hundred Mount Everests for poetry, music, integration, inclusion, non-specialization, LOVE and the advancement of humankind. No one else who I know has the endurance and capacity and generosity of spirit (except for David Amram who shares these qualities) to achieve what he is achieving. Ron is clearly chosen for the work that he is doing, and it is a ray of clarity and grace that shines from his being. HIS GIANT HEART IS SINGING!"

Jan Pankow (The Netherlands): "Ron Whitehead's poems are a magnetic field of poetry energy: encounters, viewpoints, and facts of life mingling with emotions, dreams, and visions."

Robert Lax (Greece): "Ron Whitehead's "Moxley and Eirene" worked its way into one of my just-before-waking dreams last night. The whole story. And yes, naturally I'm ready to endorse all he says in I Will NOT BOW DOWN, too!"

Douglas Brinkley (Texas): "Ron Whitehead is one of the most exciting poets in America. Poet and literary activist, he is one of the great poets of his generation."

Tenzin Geyche Tethong, Secretary to His Holiness The Dalai Lama (India): "Ron Whitehead, His Holiness The Dalai Lama thanks you and offers his blessing and permission for you to create a poster of his message to you which you have written in the form of a poem. I would like to express my personal appreciation to you. Your poem for of His Holiness's message is extremely powerful and moving. I am confident that it will inspire many."

Robert Hunter (California): "Ron Whitehead's energy and important work never fail to amaze me!"

Diane di Prima (California): "Ron Whitehead, Fellow traveller riding the winds of change between worlds, in the thick of the creative process, Bon voyage! I enjoyed EVE AND THE OPHIDIANS. "White Horses" is really strong!"

Bob Holman (New York): "Spoken word at its purest and most fulfilling. Ron's combination of full drawl, magnolia sweet and Wendell Berry's Mad Farmer's blue hot rage, vitally fashions a new post in the American ear."

Jim Carroll (New York): "Love, Angelic Orders, and Blessings on Ron Whitehead's good work!"

 

Michael Young (Kentucky):

"Can Ron Whitehead be an outlaw poet? Does Charlie Daniels play a mean fiddle?"


David Amram (New York): "There were over 300 poets and musicians. Ron Whitehead was the highlight of the New York City festival. When he read I was knocked out! I marveled at the talent he possessed! He captures the spirit of the South in his poetry!"

Eithne Strong (Ireland): "Ron Whitehead's dazzling energetic work, his poetry and his prose never cease to impress and astonish!"

Allen Ginsberg (New York): "Ron Whitehead is energetic Bodhisattvic poetic spirit! Happy to see and read so much poetry energy!"

Harper Tobin (Washington, D.C.): "Ron Whitehead's BEAVER DAM ROCKING CHAIR MARATHON is no cheesy nostalgia trip. Anyone familiar with Whitehead's work knows better. He gives achingly real portraits of Beaver Dam's inhabitants, offering up the disturbing as well as the beautiful, the ugly as well as the quaint. His style shifts from page to page always capturing the reader, evoking the spirit of defiance and hope that is the heart of this literary treasure...Why isn't Ron Whitehead already a household name?! His TAPPING MY OWN PHONE is a gem. Ron reads as if any breath could be his last. He captures the world in all its beauty, corruption, and potential. I cannot recommend his work highly enough!"

Joe Slavin (Kentucky): "Ron Whitehead is the most extraordinary teacher-scholar it has been my great good fortune to know over a career spanning thirty seven years. His success in encouraging students, to express themselves and grow as students, is unrivalled."

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (California): "Ce Ron Whitehead est un brave type! Il a ecrit un poem autobiographique que est epatant...sur San Francisco et un certain fer-ling-g hetti...Qui est? Ron Whitehead is Bodhisattva in Kentucky!"

Seamus Heaney (Ireland): "Ron Whitehead, the only begettor of all this, is here for good!"

Colin Cooper (England): "Ron Whitehead lives at 100 miles an hour judging from his book of poetry...like Ferlinghetti...he's a rabble rouser and wildly romantic and we need plenty of those...the book is illustrated by full colour paintings by Ferlinghetti...Fit him alongside Gary Snyder for wit and insight...certain to shake up the old guard."

Bob Edwards (Washington D.C.): "I LOVE Ron Whitehead's "The Coal Miner(I & II)" and "Moxley and Eirene!"

Denis Mahoney (Rhode Island): "These past months I have read Ron Whitehead's BLOOD FILLED VESSELS RACING TO THE HEART: Beyond Chaos is The Ocean of Consciousness several times. What a remarkable work it is! It's subtle (and not too) back and forth gestures and movements and openings and its Placement! I wish he would continue this work! This is the direction that people need to See towards, be, at least, opened to. Thank You Ron Whitehead for The Work!"


Danny O'Bryan (Kentucky): "The Great White Light, Whitehead that is, swept over The College last night with a round of passionate posey mined directly from his ever raucous life. Mentioning notables like Amiri Baraka and The Dalai Lama - illustrious heroes many of the role-model-starved students probably never heard of - the poet quickly had them under his spell. The man, who always wears his life on his sleeve for everyone to gawk at, flexed his tattoo covered arms at the scribes "I might be skinny but look at those muscles!" and spit out tales of Kentucky rocking chair competitions and wild family antics that made "Do You Want To Be A Millionaire" look life watching paint dry. Certainly all present learned an important lesson: It doesn't hurt to celebrate life in all its painful and joyful manifestations!...Ron Whitehead, a virtual P.T. Barnum of Poetry, is on a one-man crusade to change the consciousness of the world through poetry and music...Whitehead and his non-porfit organization The Literary Renaissance launched a series of multimedia INSOMNIACATHONs (Temporary Autonomous Zones): 48-hour marathons of poetry and music and art and film (all the Arts), similar to Ken Kesey and The Merry Pranksters minus the bus, attracting large audiences and worldwide attention...This led Whitehead to take his traveling magic mystery theatre on the road to New York City and New Orleans (where the TIMES-PICAYUNE named his INSOMNIACATHON 1996 "Arts Event of The Year") and The Netherlands and numerous other cities states and countries...Never one to separate art from show biz or politics (or newcomers from old-timers) Whitehead assembled an odd cast of characters for his Hunter S. Thompson "This is Your Life" Tribute which the NEW YORK TIMES called "a beautiful literary last waltz." The event included actor Johnny Depp, musician Warren Zevon, socialite Roxanne Pulitzer, historian Douglas Brinkley, world musician composer David Amram, the Sheriff of Pitkin County (Aspen), former Louisville Mayor Harvey Sloane, Hunter's Mother Virginia, his son Juan, and a host of others including a bluegrass band. Everyone at the SRO event closed out the night standing singing "My Old Kentucky Home."

Casey Cyr (Connecticut): "I got to know Ron Whitehead's I WILL NOT BOW DOWN: Selected Poems 1990-1995 well and from it I feel an understanding for some of what Ron has been doing in the world. The physicality of which is astonishing - but that doesn't even compare with what kind of alchemy is happening on the mental levels. Ron Whitehead is Shaman and Shamas (the candle that lights other candles) contributing to, directing, promoting, integrating, expanding, and possibly healing the consciousness of an artistic body of thought that sure does need help to go to the next level, which I believe has something to do with the heart region. And if I might prophesize, I think that Ron will be seen as one of the great poets of our generation, which I believe spans about 50 years. The kids of tomorrow's wasteland are really going to need him. Just like we need Patchen and Kerouac. Those guys changed and saved my life."

John Tytell (New York): "Ron Whitehead reminds me of Corso...early Yeats in the Celtic Twilight...Ferlinghetti...Ginsberg...spontaneous transcription emerging in a tumultuous rush...infused with Whitehead's belief in the magical transformations implicit in poetry, with the music of the poem serving as chant, incantation, ultimately pagan prayer...the same can be said for the poetry rants (Insomniacathons) Whitehead has been organizing around the country, non-stop marathon readings."

David Amram (New York): "The first time I heard Ron Whitehead read I felt what I imagine those who heard Abraham Lincoln deliver The Gettysburg Address felt."

Thomas Nord (Kentucky): "Ron Whitehead eats, sleeps, and breathes poetry."

Michael Dean Odin Pollock (Iceland): "The London International Poetry & Song Festival's response to Ron Whitehead's I WILL NOT BOW DOWN was Incredible POWERFULL it felt like a bomb hit The Ocean...people were yellin, clappin, sayin YEAH others riveted wide eyed to their seats...i stood at the back of the room up on some stairs to get an eagle eye view of this poem which I consider along with LEAVES OF GRASS by Walt Whitman and HOWL by Allen Ginsberg and THANKSGIVING PRAYER by William S. Burroughs to be one of the GREAT American poems of All Times. I WILL NOT BOW DOWN and ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER capture the voice/heart/spirit of later 20th Century and on better than anything I've heard!"

Nick Obis (Ohio): "Ron Whitehead, I thank you and Quincey Troupe for headlining the University of Dayton's 2nd Annual Literature Conference, 2002. Friday evening was nothing short of astounding - certainly like nothing my students had ever heard! I heard so many wonderful comments from them in the following days and weeks about all the various aspects of your performance, with your group The Viking Hillbilly Apocalypse Revue. I too can still hear the Icelandic rapping, the ambient music, and the powerful words; it was a staggering, moving experience; I don't think I have ever seen anyone, anywhere, break dance at a poetry reading! But what moved me more than the poetry and music was your patience, kindness, and understanding. I was so nervous before the festival, and so relieved by your sympathy and easygoingness. You are truly a remarkable person with a remarkable group. Thanks for teaching me to "never give up!"

Denis Mahoney (Rhode Island): "Ron Whitehead has the goods and is the last and forward maker of the fire breather preacher with the text written new across the starry night. I can picture him reading poems with snakes crawling out of his mouth and nostrils, like those maniacs who work the snakes for Jesus, turning to medusa flames, the fork filled flavor flick fuck tongue is two words split into a thousand pieces of black and white sand and delivered like a Sioux death chant, a new ghost dance to live and rise out of the ashes. Ron's word is poet breath, new creation out of decay, intentions are color worlds, filled with color, every tint is blow breath glass and I keep coming back to his nostrils flared like John Brown in Kansas, hard muscle break tracks, or soft glow of love he is able to bring the rage round to snake crazy snake soul sonnets to orpheus, our brother Rilke Flower-muscle that slowly opens back the anemone to another meadow-dawn, until her womb can feel the polyphonic light of the sonorous heavens pouring down is prophecy and vision blast bleak and we all stand naked against the capitalist relation that has come to encompass existance and Ron as new prophet stands against that as strong as John Brown, Rilke, just a neck down the vision ladder from our kooky Dada Queen Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven and is exactly what is needed. I give Ron the world in his breath."

Tom House (Nashville): "That's a wild and fierce look on the cover of Ron Whitehead's new I Will Not Bow Down CD, and that's a wild and fierce picture of him there on the inside, and that's a wild and fierce performance/production he presents. I was not prepared. Finally got back home and settled in here last night put it on and blew my head right from the start. Old favorite, "Tapping My Own Phone," the music is like the subconscious of the mind mouthing those feverish thoughts. "4th Person Singular" a favorite as well. Not sure if I've heard that one before. "Raven Hair And Turquoise" and "Comes Night And Wind" both great. The music never gets in the way of the words and, as in the very best one to me "Gimme Back My Wig," the whole becomes way more than the components, damn almost like rock and roll - and in many ways this feels as much like a "band" CD as it does a "spoken word" one. And I think Ron paces it like one. That's just something always important to me, almost like a set, and Ron is a master at that. He couldn't end it more personally, poetically, beautifully than with "You Grow Wild In My Heart." I Will Not Bow Down is definitely a masterful work and I congratulate Ron and all who perform on it. I'll be giving this guy some hardcore listening these days to come. "

Dan Roberts (KZYX Radio, California): "TAPPING MY OWN PHONE is the most amazing CD of poetry I've heard!"

August Highland (California ): "Ron Whitehead is The Dalai Lama of the literary world."

 

Michael Dean Odin Pollock (Iceland): Ron Whitehead is exactly who he is exactly who so many dare not to be...we have performed worldwide...we have fallen flat on our faces and risen above all drivel that be...he is an outlaw yogi kentucky poet of the highest caliber...a master of crazy wisdom...

Frank Messina (New York ): "I've seen thousands blinded by the white light, halos and fractal geometry of Ron Whitehead. I've seen tundra-demons, geothermal genies, naysayers forever turned to stone by that Kentucky 'Bone Man'. And yes, I've seen Ron Whitehead levitate over stages 3, 4 and 5,000 miles from Kentucky, held up high by coal mine spirits, red wine and Buddha at the palms of his feet."


 

John Rocco (New York City): "Ron Whitehead is The Master of The Flying Guillotine. He is the comet crashing outlaw shaman lunatic poet who keeps us all together!"  Thanks, Ron!