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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User Review  - Kimmo Sinivuori - Goodreads

I really like oral histories. Legs McNeils Please Kill Me - The Oral History of Punk is a masterpiece. The thing with oral histories is that you get what you read. This applies to HST particularly ... Read full review

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User Review  - George Presley - Goodreads

My first complaint, I found the narrative to be choppy. It did not flow. It was OK but not really enjoyable. Reading a biography about Thompson is not nearly as much fun as his own description of ... Read full review


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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