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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From the Archives: Tom Vater witnesses The Stooges play Funhouse

This story goes back a bit…to the 30th of August, 2005, to be exact. “The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.” – Hunter S Thompson The early evening light is dying […]

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Tom Vater’s 2006 non-fiction title Beyond the Pancake Trench bootlegged in Cambodia

While I was in Cambodia last week, I noticed that my 2006 non-fiction title Beyond the Pancake Trench is still available as a photocopied bootleg in several outlets around the country. My very own work, pirated by nefarious greedy people, does not sell nearly as well as the multitude of Lonely Planet titles that are […]

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