We were somewhere around Barstow – my Hunter S Thompson tribute from 2005

Tom Vater’s favorite opening line in literature is Hunter S Thompson’s awesome first words in ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’. We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. On a recent trip to California I drove from LA to Fresno. With Hunter in mind, […]

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Tom Vater reports for the SEA Globe – The Overstay – Bangkok’s Underground Music Venue

The Trash Palace The crowd surges forward. The singer, a skinny white guy, screams into the microphone, which has been taped to the top of a camera tripod. The room is so hot that water drips from the ceiling.  Strips of linoleum are coming off the floor in long torn rolls of dirty plastic. The […]

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Real Rebel Music – Tom Vater talks to Thailand’s Bob Dylan

Nga Surachai Chanthimathon, writer, singer, guitarist and one of Thailand’s most vocal social critics, fused the sounds of Thai and Khmer folk music traditions with Bob Dylan style protest songs and picked up a gun to defend his convictions. His band, Caravan, was instrumental in the creation of one of Thailand’s most enduring musical genres […]

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