Kidman WilliamsExecutive Publisher
Kidman J. Williams has been professionally writing for 15+ years now. He has written for many publications in a wide range of different mediums. Through his 20’s he was the frontman of the band Call to the Wise with a mild amount of success touring and making two albums.
Kidman also was in political radio and worked for the broadcasting giant WLS. He worked and learned a lot from the experience. He got to meet political conversation pieces like Todd Stroger, Blagoyavich, etc.
During this time he became burnt out on the high pressure and dishonesty of the broadcasting industry and left. He couldn’t take the constant and brutal dishonesty that came with political radio broadcasting.
With his illusions shattered, Kidman struck out with his writing again. Much like one of his writing influences (Lester Bangs) he found a kinship with music journalism. He has interviewed many from the industry like Hank Williams III (Hank3), Scott Ian and so many more.
He has covered many events like the porn convention, Exxxotica, concerts and sports; he has even done strip club reviews down in the Tampa area.
Now he has found a home and a true kinship with Gonzo Today and the high standard that comes with carrying the “Gonzo” name.
Kidman, “I have always been a political/social junkie of sorts. I always knew that I wanted to be in the political forum. WLS did nothing to curb my passion for it, but what they did do was ass-fuck the ideals that I carried for the genre. They showed me a dark seedy room with sawdust on the floor, bent me over callously and gave me a true knowledge of how dark politics can truly be!”
By: Kidman J. Williams
People look at death in so many different ways. Certain people don’t look at it at all, but those are the ones who are truly afraid of it. Death is not misogynistic, it is not racist, it sees no gender; death knows nothing about class, your job and cares nothing about your age. It is a cold mistress without feelings.
For thousands upon thousands upon thousands of years man has not fully understood death. We don’t know where we go when we die for sure. Of course there are blind leaps of faith through religion. Man has always come up with different ideas about death because we fear it and the one way to get over fear is to come up with a great story of purpose for life. There have been so many Gods throughout history that religion is like one big clown car. Yeah you know it, there is a place prepared for everyone as long as you are a good boy in life, trials of life and reincarnation; you can’t forget the 72 virgins and riches beyond your belief, and if you are bad, 72 STD riddled virgins and an endless supply of crabs. We don’t know this for sure, but incurable crabs would definitely be Hell. Ancient Greece had the Gods, until Rome destroyed, stole and renamed those Gods. I’m sure 200,000 years ago it was just the sun that people worshiped as a God. Even today with the decline of organized religion the population has taken to shows about ghosts, specters and poltergeists to ease their minds about the afterlife with some form of science. Continue reading
By: Kidman J. Williams
(David Letterman on being called a non-voting Republican) “I believe I have voted for both Democrats and Republicans. Am I either one? Absolutely not. Ladies and gentlemen, I am an American.”
David Letterman is as American as Aunt Mable’s apple pie on a window sill. He is as American as a fireworks show over a lake on the Fourth of July. He is as American as gang shootings, prostitution and wet dreams about Marilyn Monroe naked on a bear skin rug, drinking Jack Daniels while watching the Super Bowl. Yes, David Letterman has truly lived the proverbial ‘American Dream.’
Letterman was funny, daring, and a true game changer in late night television. Unlike Johnny Carson, Letterman was willing to go to bat with political jokes. He one time got Larry “Bud” Melman to stand outside a Russian Embassy and hand out pamphlets encouraging defection. That’s some serious brass balls. Those are the kind of balls that you sack tap and break your knuckle on, not because of the density of the steel, but because it hit your knuckles back with Chuck Norris force.
Letterman was born and bred in Indiana and according to accounts, never really seemed that remarkable. He was a bit of a class clown and never seemed like he would amount to the kingly status that he has achieved now.
David graduated from Ball State University in the late 1960’s and married Michelle Cook in 1969. He held some short lived employment as a weatherman from 1970 to 1974. He then became a radio talk show host from 1974 to 1975. During the 1970’s Letterman was a working, but struggling stand-up comedian at The Comedy Store. He was also writing for television shows like Good Times.
By the late 70’s He had already had appearances on The Gong Show, Mary Tyler Moore’s variety series, “Mary,” Mork and Mindy, and Liar’s Club; even doing game shows like The New $25,000 Pyramid and Password Plus. Things were really looking like there might be a real future for Letterman.
As some people might know, all the exposure led to many appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. He was such a popular spot on the show that he became a permanent substitute host by the end of 70’s. This of course led to The David Letterman Show in 1980. It was a short lived daytime talk show that did get some critical acclaim, but the show never really caught on with the public. The show ended the same year.
At the time of Letterman’s demise from daytime TV, Tom Snyder and Rona Barrett were having quite the ego clash at the time. Tom Snyder took some issues with his co-host Rona Barrett, probably because of the fact that he was already doing the show without her and then he treated her as a guest instead of a hostess. That probably had nothing to do with the fact that she was a woman. This turned out to be the break David Letterman needed and in 1982 Letterman took the slot after Johnny. Late Night with David Letterman was born!
Late Night with David Letterman’s very first guess back in 1982 was the always entertaining Bill Murray, who is appropriately going to be his last guest on Wednesday May 20th. The play between the new night time host and Murray was in typical Bill Murray fashion.
Controversy Causes Ratings
Letterman like most celebrities has not gone without some controversy over the years. Some of the most memorable moments in shows history showed a well-known comic and put-on artist Andy Kaufman. You knew I was going to get to this, I mean Lawler and Kaufman even had Letterman fooled! The story showed Kaufman as the Inter-gender Wrestling Champion and escalated into a match with Jerry “The King” Lawler. At the time all of it seemed very legit. It wasn’t until later that people found out that it was just one of many huge gags that Kaufman played on people. This was the slap shot heard around the television world.
I know I’m going to miss some of peoples’ favorites, but for me to put everything in, Letterman would have to hire me as a ghost writer for his biography. Another very memorable moment was the very unconventional interview with the good Doctor, Hunter S. Thompson; there were a few of them. There is no reason found on the bizarre reasoning of why the interview took place in a hotel room with Carly Simon at his side, but it was no doubt entertaining; Hunter even asking why the monitor was showing Paul and not him.
Hunter like many guests would make many appearances on Letterman’s talk show and he wasn’t the only one to make some serious waves on the show. Drew Barrymore in her wilder days flashed Dave for his birthday. I guess if you come empty handed for a birthday bash, boobs are a good alternative to a new tie and a birthday cake.
An extremely memorable moment in Letterman history was always Howard Stern. Letterman was so balls to the wall that he has put Stern on the show, NBC and CBS, a total of 24 times. Stern’s first appearance however was quite memorable. At the time, Stern was in negotiations over his contract renewal and his 70’s porn star look. In this interview he made some very private things very public. Letterman even pissed his censors off, as usual . Howard even declared during the segment that, “Everyone has orgasms, except for the Pope.”
Letterman asked Howard about NBC and Stern started the conversation with, “It is worse than ever.”
We can’t possibly forget March 31st, 1994 when he went to CBS. He had Madonna on the show and she managed fourteen “fucks” amongst other four letter words. This episode was the most censored in American network television history and gave Letterman some of the best ratings that he’d ever seen. It pays to be a naughty little kitty.
There was a lot of fun controversy on David Letterman’s show, but there was a darker incident. It would be irresponsible of me as a journalist to not bring up the fact that Letterman was hit for inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.
Let me just start by saying, this wasn’t Bill Cosby sneaking drugs into girls drinks and anally mapping his way in like some bad Skin-a-max jailhouse rape scene. These women were having sex with him, but the problem is that it was for career advancement and blackmail. Not so good for David. You don’t make butt prints on top of the company fax machine people. Letterman owned up to his mistakes publically to his wife, Regina Lasko, who, he said, had been horribly hurt by his behavior. He told his audience, “Either you’re going to make some progress and get it fixed, or you’re going to fall short and perhaps not get it fixed, so let me tell you folks, I got my work cut out for me.”
That’s a man, not a boy, but a man. I’m not condoning what he did, but he owned it. He didn’t really have to, but he swallowed it and meant it.
Another one of the controversies surrounding the show had to do with comedian Bill Hicks who had made a total of 11 appearances on Dave’s NBC show. Bill Hicks was going to make his first appearance on Dave’s new CBS show on October 1st, 1993. Well, Hicks’ segment was reviewed and approved more than once. The segment was cut from the show by the censors and Letterman himself. Hicks even wrote a 39 page letter to John Lahr of the New Yorker giving a detailed account of what had happened.
It wasn’t until January 30th 2009 that David rectified the situation. He invited the late comics’ Mom, Mary Hicks onto the show and aired the banned set that Bill Hicks had done from 1993 with an apology. Even David was stunned as to why it was ever cut.
This is the End, Beautiful Friend, the End
May 20th, 2015 will mark the end of an era. Letterman is one of the last. The last of the true innovators of the late night television formula. Letterman is like that guy in every war movie who looks around his platoon who is lying dead in the trenches and wonders, with a sad weary look on his face and says, “Did we do the right thing here?” David is leaving us behind with the likes of Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, the always corny Jimmy Fallon, I swear to God if he looks at that camera one more time and giggles I’m going to…I’m OK. No worries.
Letterman is leaving us in wonderful hands. We are inheriting Stephen Colbert and his Neptunium nut sack. In case I went over your head with Neptunium; it is a radioactive metal by-product of nuclear reactors and Plutonium. Yes, Colbert has nuclear nuts. Watch out squirrels of the world!
I think Tom Waits said it best with his song to Dave on the countdown show. “Take one last look at the place you are leaving. Take one last look.”
We will miss the laughter, we will miss the attitude, we will miss the grit and most of all we will miss you David Letterman. Thank you for all the years you tirelessly gave to us.
By Kidman J. Williams
There is a new beard on the block. If you haven’t heard of The Marty Ray Project, I’m sure that will change very soon. He has been making a bit of noise on social media with his soulful renditions of old songs like Ice Ice Baby, Kris Kristofferson’s “Why Me Lord” and a parody song of Meghan Trainor’s “All About that Bass called, “All About That Beard.”
When you see Marty for the first time it takes you aback. He looks like a Hell’s Angel ready to take down 4 guys by himself, then you hear this angelic sound come from deep within his body and a heavenly calm drapes over your body.
The cover songs that The Marty Ray Project does are no doubt fun, but don’t discount this bands’ original material. Marty brings a soul that is nothing short of amazing. When I listen to the song, “It’s Like,” the feeling I get holds the same goose bumps that Otis Redding gives me. It is nothing but truth and love.
If you are a lover of music this is music that belongs in your collection. When people speak about music not having the same soul that it used to, you should refer them to The Marty Ray Project. They have what music needs. They have the soul, the heartfelt lyrics, and just the overall fun.
Marty Ray Projects’ Ice Ice Baby, originally by Vanilla Ice.
By Kidman J. Williams
Dan Allen is just your average regular guy who, like most men, wanted to make his marriage proposal extraordinary, amazing and untouchable for the woman that he loves. Many men fail in the amazing category; there are a lot of YouTube wedding proposal fail videos to back that statement up.
The Bone Man, Outlaw Poet, Thunder of the Storm Generation, Shaman of the One Gonzo Spirit, Gonzofest co-founder & our own beloved Poetry Editor, RON WHITEHEAD, sat down at this year’s Fest in Louisville with Kidman Williams of The Great American Circus podcast to lay down some righteous truth and sage wisdom.
The full 2nd episode of The Great American Circus, with Kidman & Chris LoBosco, including extensive coverage and many more interviews from GonzoFest 2015, will be coming over the MojoWire very soon for your listening pleasure. Until then check out their shocking premier episode:
By: Kidman J. Williams
It has all of the standard soap opera drama: betrayal, intrigue, a man and a woman, insane accusations, and crazed illusions of revenge. What else can you really say about the drama between Gonzo Today and a Hunter S. Thompson fanboy Facebook group? Some might say that it is just useless drama. Some might say that it is childish. This writer says that it is one camp making outrageous claims that can’t be backed up with facts.
The fallout happened swiftly between the leader of the fan group and former Gonzo Today member Leah Jay (as known on Facebook) and GT Editor-in Chief Clayton Luce. This prompted Jay to reach out to other writers at GT with the intent of taking them away. Writers like Josh Chambers, Donnie Casto, Eric Rubelmann, and even myself were contacted via Facebook IM trying to make claims that Clayton was a thief. This tactic of divide and conquer, worked…for a short time. Josh and Eric both came back to GT happier than ever.
Regardless of how quick and painless the break was it sent the fanboy leader into a focused rage that brought old enemies of Luce’s back from the dead, like Patrick Jordan. Who has made outlandish comments towards GT many times in the past with idle threats and saying things like,
“Yeah if Clayton hadn’t blocked me months ago I was gonna see if he wanted to go four rounds with me in the Octagon at gonzofest. but I guess not. I sure hope if anybody going to gonzofest if you see him give him a good pop… tell him its from me… he knows who I am…
He’s expecting it..haha”
As you can see, his grammar is impeccable. I can’t even imagine why Clayton Luce blocked him.
They made claims of Gonzo Today publishing Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s work, even going as far as making these claims to Anita Thompson (Hunter’s widow) and wasting her time and energy that just fed into the fanboy leader’s overactive id and vengeful mindset.
When Gonzo Today posted the private pictures and correspondence that were owned by Kevin Simonson, a longtime friend of Hunter’s, the proverbial shit truly hit the fan. This move sparked some serious heat that prompted Jay to send more messages to the Widow Thompson. Continue reading
We celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with the fervent abuse of our livers to honor, well, most people forgot what we honor. Hey, we are all Irish on this day because Saint Patrick was…wait…Saint Patrick was born in Scotland. Saint Patrick was born near Dumbarton, in Scotland in 387.
So, why is this an Irish Holiday? Well, Saint Patrick preached and converted all of the Pagan Irish to Christianity for 40 years until he died at Saul, March 17, 461. Introducing a bunch of happy Pagans to Christian guilt would probably explain a lot of the drinking; poor Celts.
That is not what this is about though. This is about praising some of the greatest and most influential Irish musicians that have inspired us, entertained us and gave us many beautiful memories.
1. Van Morrison
Born, George Ivan (Van) Morrison in Belfast, this Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame musician started in the Showband scene in Ireland, playing with the Monarchs. After leaving the Showband scene he went on to international success with the band, Them in 1964. Them had a few hits that included the legendary garage rock classic, “Gloria.”
Them were so amazing that during their almost month long stint at the Whisky a Go Go The Doors were their supporting act on the last week. John Densmore noted in his book “Riders on the Storm,” that Jim Morrison himself was so taken with Van that he quickly studied and learned Van’s stagecraft.
1967 marked the beginning of Van Morrison’s long and legendary solo career. He would go on to record some of the most recognizable, influential and musically bold recordings that the world had ever heard.
2. Thin Lizzy
Thin Lizzy was founded in 1969 by guitarist Eric Bell and organ player, Eric Wrixon (both musicians previously played with Them). The formation was over a drinks in a pub in Dublin where they both shared the interest of starting a band. That same night, as it always is when you’re drunk and have an idea, the pair went to another place to see a band called Orphanage that featured Phil Lynott and drummer, Brian Downey. Lynott and Downey agreed under the condition that Lynott play bass and sing and that they perform some of his own compositions. Continue reading
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By: Kidman J. Williams
Adolf Hitler was a cunt! That is the only statement that comes to mind when I think about the cowardly little former painter turned Cunty McTwatalot. I know, most writers would write something a little less abrasive, a little more history and some of these spineless tics might even try to show a bit of sympathy towards the Hitler character; all to try to save face for the next job interview. That is not me! To Hell with him and all of his modern cousins. Continue reading