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Gonzo [Hardcover]

Hunter S. Thompson , Steve Crist , Laila Nabulsi , Florence Kircher , Marian Getino , Henriette Zeltner
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Book Description

8 Nov 2007

Few American lives are stranger or wilder than that of Hunter S. Thompson. Born a rebel in Kentucky, Thompson spent a lifetime channelling his energy into such landmark works as FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS - and his provocative style revolutionised writing.

Now, for the first time ever, Jann Wenner and Corey Seymour have interviewed Thompson's friends, family and colleagues and woven their memories into a brilliant oral biography. From Hell's Angels leader Sonny Barger, to Ralph Steadman, to Jack Nicholson, more than 100 members of Thompson's inner circle bring into vivid focus the life of a man who was more complicated and talented than any previous portrait has shown. It's all here: the creative frenzies, the love affairs, the drugs, booze and guns, and, ultimately, the tragic suicide. As Thompson was fond of saying, "Buy the ticket, take the ride."

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: AMMO Books LLC; Revised edition edition (8 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097860766X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978607661
  • Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 23.6 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hunter S. Thompson is incomparably the most celebrated exponent of the New Journalism. His books include Hell's Angels, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 and Generation of Swine.

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An excellent oral history tribute to Hunter S. Thompson (GQ )

For those who like their literary entertainment with a little more snarl to it (THE DAILY TELEGRAPH )

A wonderfully entertaining chronicle of Hunter's (life) (International Herald Tribune ) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The star-studded, rollicking, juicy story of Hunter S. Thompson, as told by the friends and family who inhabited his world. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A piece of history 2 Feb 2009
The world is emptier without the watchful eye of the godfather of gonzo. This scrapbook completes any serious hunter fans collection. I never knew what a talented and prolific photographer he was. Do not be with out a copy of this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually worth a look 11 Mar 2010
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Amongst all the HST tat they are selling nowadays this is actually worh a look. You get a collection of photographs, letters and memorabilia that is certainly interesting. Wheter is has staying power I'm not sure. Great if you need to explain who HST is when visitors question your 7ft Fear & Loathing Poster!
One word of warning. I have seen several "special" versions of this going for about 200+ They look exactly the same to me so be aware.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive 30 Sep 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought this as a gift for my son, who is really into Thompson. He thought it was the best he had read on the man. Unlike the normal biographers view, this account is made up of anecdotes and memories of his friends and those who worked with him. Those who really knew him.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By pkx166h
I am not sure what the product 'Ozric9' was reviewing but this isn't it - I suspect this is for another product called 'Gonzo'.

Anyway this is on the face of it, is simply a collection of anecdotes, stories, interviews with people who knew, worked with, lived with, shared their lives with Hunter Thompson at some point during his own often wild and unpredictable life.

It isn't as boring as it sounds and while one would think this could be a mawkish, sycophantic pile of drivel, it really isn't.

The book is divided into chapters each reflecting key stages in HST's home, work and literary life. While the interviewees are the same two dozen or so throughout the book - with occasional comments by those who were involved in the incident/part of HTS life that is being discussed at the time - they are organized in a way such that you end up with a very rounded view of 'what happened when/where/how and why' at any one particular time.

Jann Wenner - the main author of the book - was the editor of Rolling Stone Magazine through the heyday of HST's career. He has done a wonderful job of editing this so that while the reader is presented with half a dozen points of view on any given pair of facing pages, it is as if you were in the room with all the main characters of his life and they are all, one-by-one telling you the story.

HST doesn't often come out that well, indeed in some parts you realise what a monster he must have been to live or work with. Which is what makes this an interesting read.

While this is indeed the life of HST, it is also the life of all the others that helped keep the HST-show on the road.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gonzo Lite 15 May 2007
By ozric9
I don't mind the price, although it is pretty hefty, or the notion of a Gonzo coffee table book, so long as it is presented with great care, and I can ignore the idea that this is a cash-in or a sell-out, because it was begun before Hunter Thompson quit the field of play, and, as I understand it, with his endorsement. The gallery-quality print can be taken out for framing, and is stamped on the back to affiliate it with the special limited edition of 3000 copies of 'Gonzo' - so it contains a 'genuine' piece of Gonzo artwork, consisting of a self-portrait of Thompson around the time of 'The Rum Diary'. In short, this is a beautifully presented book, provided you aren't expecting anything particularly new and you aren't disappointed by a publication consisting mainly of photographs - its essentially a high quality art book, like those made by Taschen. It comes well-packaged in a sealed and numbered cardboard box to protect the limited edition blue box, which is stamped with the Gonzo logo and houses the print and the book itself. However, it is worth noting that although the box is about two and a half inches thick the book itself is more like one inch thick - its not a great big tome as the details might imply. Futhermore, a couple of the nude photographs are censored, by way of a black rectangle protecting us from the sight of - shock! horror! - female pubic hair, which seems particularly patronising given the subject matter and the arty nature of the book - not to mention being off-key in a work about such a free-thinking libertarian. Read more ›
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