Ben Corbett

  • A professional journalist who covered music artists like Bob Dylan and cultural icons like Hunter S. Thompson
  • Author of several works of non-fiction, including Ancient Gonzo Wisdom, a collection of interviews with Hunter Thompson
  • Writes for his own self-titled music journalism website


Ben Corbett is a former writer for ThoughtCo who wrote about pop culture, especially around musicians and writers. Ben has hundreds of interviews, artist profiles, album reviews, music essays, and live concert coverage to his credit. In his more than 20-year career, Corbett amassed an enormous body of published works about American roots music and iconic pop-culture figures such as John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Hunter S. Thompson, founder of the Gonzo-style of non-objective journalism. A scholar and chronicler of American counterculture, Corbett also wrote extensively about the songs and legacy of Bob Dylan. 

A long-time music journalist and photographer, Corbett's byline and images appear in venues as far-flung as High Times, Relix, Easyriders, VH1, Tattoo, and on countless other digital and print media outlets. He is also as an authority on the political relationship of the U.S and Cuba. Corbett is the author of the award-winning current affairs book, This Is Cuba: An Outlaw Culture Survives and also wrote the biographical sketch for the literary edition of Gonzo, a visual biography by Hunter S. Thompson.


Corbett studied creative writing and scriptwriting at the University of Boulder Colorado, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Creative Writing and Film Studies with a Minor in Ethnic Studies in 1998.

Awards and Publications

ThoughtCo and Dotdash

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