Category Archives: Gonzo journalism

Hunter S. Thompson, The Art of Journalism No. 1

“In an October 1957 letter to a friend who had recommended he read Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, Hunter S. Thompson wrote, ‘Although I don’t feel that it’s at all necessary to tell you how I feel about the principle of individuality, … Continue reading

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Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs – Hunter S. Thompson (1966)

“Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs is a book written by Hunter S. Thompson, first published in 1966 by Random House. It was widely lauded for its up-close and uncompromising look at the Hells … Continue reading

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson (1971)

“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream is a novel by Hunter S. Thompson, illustrated by Ralph Steadman. The book is a roman à clef, rooted in autobiographical incidents. The story … Continue reading

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Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail in ’72 – Hunter S. Thompson

“Dawn is coming up in San Francisco now: 6:09 AM. I can hear the rumble of early morning buses under my window at the Seal Rock Inn . . . out here at the far end of Geary Street: This … Continue reading

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The “Hashbury” Is the Capital of the Hippies – Hunter S. Thompson (1967)

A hippie lounges in front of the Drogstore Cafe, a local hangout notorious for the proliferation of hardcore narcotics, in the Haight-Ashbury district. “In 1965 Berkeley was the axis of what was just beginning to be called the ‘New Left.’ … Continue reading

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Gonzo journalism

“Gonzo journalism is a style of journalism that is written without claims of objectivity, often including the reporter as part of the story via a first-person narrative. The word ‘gonzo’ is believed to have been first used in 1970 to … Continue reading

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