Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 6 Sep 2012
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Angry, prophetic, full of vitality and enormously funny [Praise for Kingdom of Fear] (Guardian)
Absolutely brilliant ... Hunter S. Thompson has more fire and righteous outrage than most journalists half his age. Hard truths about America conveyed with tremendous wit [Praise for Kingdom of Fear] (Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation)
The fear and loathing have never seemed more apt ... he's still raging against the machine [Praise for Kingdom of Fear] (Literary Review)
Fantastic ... I don't think anyone else in print has called George Bush a whore beast [Praise for Kingdom of Fear] (Newsnight Review)
About the Author
Hunter S. Thompson was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. His books include Hell's Angels, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 and Kingdom of Fear. He died in February 2005 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I cannot fathom what Jann Wenner was thinking when he decided to take this approach with Hunter's writing. Thompson would never have tolerated such interference with his work and Wenner knows this only too well. The collection also claims to include letters and memos between the pair but the reality is that you get 50 short letters of little substance, some of which are already published in Fear and Loathing in America. Comparing the two, the reader will also discover that Wenner has edited the letters, as if butchering the articles wasn't enough.
So at the end of the day, this book serves no real purpose. All of this work is already freely available in its original form, as Thompson intended, in both The Great Shark Hunt and The Gonzo Papers Anthology.Read more ›
Previous reviewers of this latest release of HST material have bemoaned the apparent over-zealous editing of this volume, so I was not confident of success. But having re-read the material, it took me back to the early 1970s, when my generation were imagining that we were going to come to power and make a difference, and somehow, HST, in his confident, powerful, opinionated and deeply committed way seemed to be a cheer-leader. Here was a journalist who reported what he felt without concessions to convention or reputations. He had a way of making a story come alive. He did this by reporting it from the inside and becoming a part of the story - so-called 'Gonzo journalism'. This volume should be compulsory reading in all journalism courses. And, no, I did not find my quote, so perhaps this volume has been clumsily edited.
In 1971 Thompson went on to contribute several articles to Rolling Stone. The most notable of these was arguably `Strange Rumblings in Aztlan: The Murder of Ruben Salazar', which concerned the stirrings of Mexican unrest in East Los Angles and also marked the introduction into Thompson's writings of fiery lawyer Oscar Zeta Acosta, who would eventually be better known as Dr Gonzo in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. However, it was in 1972 that Thompson truly became a key member [or perhaps even commander] of the Rolling Stone team when he was assigned to the new [and bespoke] National Affairs Desk and the magazine began to feature non-stop coverage of the Nixon-McGovern presidential campaign.
After Thompson's suicide in 2005, the then editorial team at Rolling Stone put together a special tribute edition based on "memories and vignettes from nearly a hundred of his friends, colleagues and co-conspirators." This special edition was then turned into Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson, a full-length and comprehensive biography. Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone is designed to be a companion volume to this biography, effectively providing an opportunity for Thompson's articles to serve as an autobiography chronicling the manic development of both his personal life and his unique writing style.Read more ›
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Could not put this down, utterly sensational from start to finish. Captures each subject brilliantly and with a high degree of wit.Published on 29 May 2013 by Pen Name
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