Category Archives: Hunter S. Thompson

The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967 – Hunter S. Thompson

“One thing that this collection of letters makes clear at the outset is that Hunter S. Thompson, he of the ‘Fear and Loathing’ books, for whom the phrase ‘gonzo journalist’ was invented, has always burned to carve his initials onto … Continue reading

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The Great Art Behind Hunter S. Thompson’s Run for Sheriff

Hunter S. Thompson giving his concession speech at Hotel Jerome. “If you’re going to curate an exhibition of vintage artwork related to the unorthodox and self-described gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, prepare for the process itself to become a bit, … Continue reading

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Hunter S. Thompson vs. To Tell the Truth (1967)

“… In what is perhaps the most gloriously absurd author/game show crossover, a contractually-obligated (?) Hunter S. Thompson and his two impostors tread the boards before perennial To Tell the Truth panelists Peggy Cass, Kitty Carlisle, and Tom Poston. … … Continue reading

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How Hunter S. Thompson Became a Legend

“In January 1970, Hunter S. Thompson wrote Jann S. Wenner a letter praising Rolling Stone‘s definitive coverage of the disastrous Altamont festival. ‘[Print’s] a hell of a good medium by any standard, from Hemingway to the Airplane,’ Thompson wrote. ‘Don’t … Continue reading

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Dog Soldiers – Robert Stone (1974)

“Dog Soldiers is a novel by Robert Stone, published by Houghton Mifflin in 1974. The story features American journalist John Converse, a Vietnam correspondent during the war, Merchant Marine sailor Ray Hicks, Converse’s wife Marge, and their involvement in a … Continue reading

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Ken Kesey’s Buchla Box

Ken Kesey’s PA Controller, photo credit Don Kennedy, National Music Centre, Studio Bell. “In the mid to late sixties, counterculture was in full swing, and the momentum that was getting behind the ‘High Tide’ (as Hunter S. Thompson called it) … Continue reading

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What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been (February 26, 1976)

“The San Francisco scene started at the Red Dog Saloon, as much as you can say it started at any one place. Most of the elements were there: rock & roll, a sort of light show, the first psychedelic dance … Continue reading

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The time we went to Hunter S Thompson’s invite-only wake

“For the drug-devouring, gunslinging godfather of of Gonzo journalism, there was only one way out of this world – a bullet in his brain. Blinking through the aftermath of Thompson’s smoking-barrel suicide, Robert Chalmers joined Johnny Depp, Jack Nicholson, Sean … Continue reading

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White Horse Tavern

1961 “The White Horse Tavern, located in New York City‘s borough of Manhattan at Hudson Street and 11th Street, is known for its 1950s and 1960s Bohemian culture. It is one of the few major gathering-places for writers and artists … Continue reading

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How Tom Wolfe Became … Tom Wolfe

Wolfe, by Irving Penn, in 1966. The writer had already become “the object of a cult.” “I was 11 or maybe 12 years old when I discovered my parents’ bookshelves. They’d been invisible right up to the moment someone or … Continue reading

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