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The Ticketless Traveler
The Ticketless Traveler: Louisville, Kentucky
The first Saturday of May is approaching, and with it comes derby day in Louisville, Kentucky, the city where I was born. It's a time when celebrities flock to town, the bars stay open all night, and the nation focuses on Louisville for the two minutes the Kentucky Derby takes to run. These books, films, and recording artists will give you a little bit of Kentucky any time of year.
Hunter S. Thompson. Born and raised in Louisville, he penned the 1970 article "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved." Johnny Depp, also a Kentucky native, played Thompson in the film adaptation of his Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream.
Musicians connected with Louisville
Silver Jews. David Berman's project, with Pavement's Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich, among others. In the song "Tennessee" Berman sings "You know Louisville is death; We've got to up and move, cause the dead do not improve."
Sissy Spacek earned an Academy Award for her portrayal of Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) and Tommy Lee Jones played her husband, Doolittle Lynn. In "Story of my life" on her 2004 album Van Lear Rose (with The White Stripes' Jack White), she sang about the film: "Some big shot from Hollywood thought a movie about my life would be good. It was a big hit, made a big splash, what I wanna know is what happened to the cash."