Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson

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Little, Brown, Oct 31, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 496 pages
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Few American lives are stranger, more action-packed, or wilder than that of Hunter S. Thompson. Born a rebel in Louisville, Kentucky, Thompson spent a lifetime channeling his energy and insight into such landmark works as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - and his singular and provocative style challenged and revolutionized writing.
Now, for the first time ever, Jann Wenner and Corey Seymour have interviewed the Good Doctor's friends, family, acquaintances and colleagues and woven their memories into a brilliant oral biography. From Hell's Angels leader Sonny Barger to Ralph Steadman to Jack Nicholson to Jimmy Buffett to Pat Buchanan to Marilyn Manson and Thompson's two wives, son, and longtime personal assistant, more than 100 members of Thompson's inner circle bring into vivid focus the life of a man who was even more complicated, tormented, and talented than any previous portrait has shown. It's all here in its uncensored glory: the creative frenzies, the love affairs, the drugs and booze and guns and explosives and, ultimately, the tragic suicide. As Thompson was fond of saying, "Buy the ticket, take the ride."

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The difference between The Gonzo Way: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson, Anita Thompson's 112-page sketch of her late gonzo journalist husband, and this 512-page biography by Wenner (founder, Rolling ... Read full review

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I love many of the things said on the pages of this Google Post on Gonzo because the thoughts are loving. You must love Hunter, his shyness, his manners...yes he was very mannerly in his Kentucky Gentleman demeanor. And he was sharp, so very insightful. When I was particularly depressed over the state of our USA he published the piece about the road trip with Clarence Thomas and it felt as if Hunter saved my life with that story. It gave me the grit and the gumption to keep on fighting and a way to configure Clarence Thomas into my resistance. Hunter did that.
One day he was trying to dynamite a vehicle stored on his property and he was not really clear about the ins and outs of the dynamite. Loved him even more for that omission but we got through it, even when the fuse fizzled and some goof balls in a Mercedes SUV pulled up at the end of the driveway to tourist his home and I told them to get clear immediately because some uncontrolled substance was about to blow (or not blow) sky high. They evacuated on the spot.
He would collect absolute PILES of mail from the Post Office next door to The Tavern and go to work with a drink in hand. He was wonderful. He truly loved George and vice versa. It was good to be alive in his company. But be certain that he read AMERICA quite accurately and he knew what was coming once GWB got himself installed in office. Hunter was crystal clear on what was headed our way and he was so painfully correct.


An Itinerant Professional
San Francisco Hells Angels and Merry Pranksters
Freak Power in the Rockies
The Golden Age of Gonzo
A New Voice on the Campaign Trail
Failed Deadlines and a Failed Marriage
Wreckage in the Fast Lane
Circling the Wagons at Owl Farm
A Writer Resurgent
Vegas Goes to Hollywood
Where Were You When the Fun Stopped?
The End of the Road

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Jann S. Wenner is the founder, owner and editor of Rolling Stone magazine. He is also the head of Wenner Media, which includes such magazines as US Weekly and Men's Journal. He lives in Manhattan.
Corey Seymour is a writer and editor who came to know Hunter Thompson while working as his New York-based assistant during his tenure at Rolling Stone in the early nineties. He lives in Brooklyn.

Jann S. Wenner is the founder, editor and publisher of "Rolling Stone," He was Hunter Thompson's editor for 35 years.
Corey Seymour is a writer and editor who worked with Hunter Thompson at "Rolling Stone" in the 1990s.

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