BANGKOK, THAI (CelebrityAccess) Jerry Hopkins, best-selling author and famed music journalist, passed away in Bangkok on Sunday. He was 82.
Hopkins got his start freelancing for publications such as the Village Voice and Times-Picayune through the 1960s before serving for more than 20 years as a contributing editor of Rolling Stone. Throughout his colorful career, he published 39 books and more than 1,000 articles.
While Hopkins’ biographies of Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Raquel Welch, Yoko Ono, and Don Ho, earned him the title “dean of pop biographers,” it was his now world-famous autobiography of Jim Morrison, No One Here Gets Out Alive, that made him a literary star.
A cult classic, the book, which was reportedly turned down by more than 320 publishers and later served as the primary inspiration behind Oliver Stone’s film of the same name, went on to spend two years on the New York Times’ Best Sellers List.
Later in life, Hopkins who moved to Thailand in 1993, turned his focus toward local subject matter publishing two collections of essays, Bangkok Babylon and Thailand Confidential, as well as two books, Strange Foods and Extreme Cuisine.
Hopkins leaves behind his wife Lamyai and son Nick.