Here, in one chuky volume, is the best of Gonzo. From Private Thompson in trouble with the Air Force, to the devastating portrait of the ageing Muhammad Ali. Taking in the Kentucky Derby, Freak Power in the Rockies, Nixon in '68, McGovern in '72, Fear and Loathing at the Watergate, Jimmy Carter and the Great Leap of Faith - and much more.
An indispensable compendium of decadence, depravity and horse-sense.
About the Author
Hunter S. Thompson was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1937 and died in Colorado in 2005. A full-time writer and journalist, he contributed regularly to a wide variety of publications, but is probably best known for his work as National Affairs correspondent for Rolling Stone, in which Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72 originally appeared. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas has been made into a major film, directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Johnny Depp.
"Cazart! It's Hunter Thompson again...or still, in artifacts from his 15-year-magazine oeuvre - including 100 pages of his Rolling Stone Watergate screed - and in patches of both sprees of Fear and Loathing (in Las Vegas and On the Campaign Trail '72). Down from his peak, Thompson's still playing anti-hero in his own journalistic shenanigans: freaking out on booze/acid/hash/speed/the works; macing adversaries, bamboozling everyone else; betting madly on whatever he's covering - Kentucky Derby to Democratic Primary, most recently the first Ali-Spinks bout; then "lashing together" a story with the same old words (shitrain, geek), tricks (Raoul Duke, Sports Editor), excuses (but now we're off the point, unquote). . . and dubbing the diffuse result Gonzo. As though that explained it. Get the idea? It wears thin, times have changed, and above all it's not so much funny as noisy. Thompson belongs in the same cultural reliquary as the Easy Rider, Tom Wolfe, and his new journalism. What's interesting is the older stuff - short pieces mostly, more controlled (or less uncontrolled) - pre-Gonzo National Observer dispatches from South America and our own West (one each on hobos and Hemingway expose an otherwise masked sensibility). Thompson talked football once with candidate Nixon, who wasn't just pretending to be a regular guy: he knew his stuff. Maybe that's why he comes out of here "dishonest to a fault," while as late as 1976 Hubert Humphrey is the "rotten, truthless old freak." Reruns - and wearisome." - Kirkus Reviews
Series: Picador Books
Number Of Pages: 634
Published: 11th November 1980
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0
Weight (kg): 0.414
Edition Number: 1