Savage Journey: Hunter S. Thompson and the Weird Road to Gonzo

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Univ of California Press, Jan 11, 2022 - Biography & Autobiography - 296 pages
A superbly crafted study of Hunter S. Thompson’s literary formation, achievement, and continuing relevance
 
Savage Journey is a "supremely crafted" study of Hunter S. Thompson's literary formation and achievement. Focusing on Thompson's influences, development, and unique model of authorship, Savage Journey argues that his literary formation was largely a San Francisco story. During the 1960s, Thompson rode with the Hell's Angels, explored the San Francisco counterculture, and met talented editors who shared his dissatisfaction with mainstream journalism. Author Peter Richardson traces Thompson's transition during this time from New Journalist to cofounder of Gonzo journalism. He also endorses Thompson's later claim that he was one of the best writers using the English language as both a musical instrument and a political weapon. Although Thompson's political commentary was often hyperbolic, Richardson shows that much of it was also prophetic.
 
Fifty years after the publication of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and more than a decade after his death, Thompson's celebrity continues to obscure his literary achievement. This book refocuses our understanding of that achievement by mapping Thompson's influences, probing the development of his signature style, and tracing the reception of his major works. It concludes that Thompson was not only a gifted journalist, satirist, and media critic, but also the most distinctive American voice in the second half of the twentieth century. 
 

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Contents

introduction
1
brooding
7
the storm of life
15
roughing it
25
observer
36
new journalist
52
hashbury
78
totally gonzo
99
rolling stone
116
las vegas
133
campaign trail
159
after nixon
179
legacy
203
Bibliography
239
Index
251
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Peter Richardson has written critically acclaimed books about the Grateful Dead, the iconic rock band; Ramparts magazine, the legendary San Francisco muckraker; and Carey McWilliams, the radical author, journalist, and editor of The Nation magazine.

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