EMI Songbook Series

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The EMI Songbook Series is a series of 10 compact disc compilation albums released by EMI in 1998 - 1999. Each disc features songs specifically chosen by a notable cult figure from 20th century popular culture. The sleeve work for each disc frequently includes essays, illustrations or other contributions from the featured individual. Clive Barker compiled a CD for this series which included music from Danny Elfman, Diamanda Galás... etc. Hunter S. Thompson and Robert Crumb provided two of the most acclaimed compilations in the series.


Hunter S. Thompson's selections[edit]

Hunter S. Thompson's compilation album is titled Where Were You When the Fun Stopped? It contains eighteen tracks, listed below.[1]

  1. Ballad of Thunder Road - Robert Mitchum
  2. I Smell a Rat - Howlin' Wolf
  3. Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum
  4. The Hula Hula Boys - Warren Zevon
  5. Maggie May - Rod Stewart
  6. The Wild Side of Life/It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels - Hank Thompson, Tanya Tucker, Kitty Wells
  7. Will the Circle Be Unbroken - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  8. Mr. Tambourine Man - Bob Dylan
  9. Walk on the Wild Side - Lou Reed
  10. If I Had a Boat - Lyle Lovett
  11. Stars on the Water - Rodney Crowell
  12. Carmelita - Flaco Jimenez, Dwight Yoakam
  13. Why Don't We Get Drunk - Jimmy Buffett
  14. American Pie - Don McLean
  15. White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
  16. The Weight - The Band
  17. Melissa - The Allman Brothers Band
  18. Battle Hymn of the Republic - Herbie Mann


  1. ^ "Discogs page for "Where were you when the fun stopped?"". Discogs. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Discogs page for "Personal Effects"". Discogs. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Discogs page for "Evocation"". Discogs. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Discogs page for "Being Music"". Discogs. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 

See: http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/why-artists-should-stick-to-art/Content?oid=1135