The Joke's Over: Memories of Hunter S. Thompson

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Arrow, 2007 - Authors, American - 396 pages
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In the spring of 1970, Ralph Steadman went to America in search of work and found more than he bargained for. In Kentucky to cover the Derby, he met a former Hells Angel called Hunter S. Thompson. Thompson wrote later: 'The rest of that day blurs into madness.The rest of that night too. And all the next day and night. Such horrible things occurred that I can't bring myself even to think about them now, much less put them down in print. Steadman was lucky to get out of Louisville without serious injuries, and I was lucky to get out at all.' That meeting resulted nevertheless in a working relationship and a friendship that lasted for more than thirty years. In The Joke's Over, Ralph Steadman tells the story of this remarkable collaboration, which documented the turbulent years of the Civil Rights movement, Nixon and Watergate, and the decay of the American Dream. It is also the story of an unusual friendship, of both unique understanding and of extraordinary betrayals. Few people knew Thompson as well as Ralph Steadman did. In this unique memoir, elegaic, bizarre and hilarious, Steadman tells his story for the first time, the story - in words and pictures - of Ralph and Hunter, a great British original on a great American original, Butch and Sundance on acid...

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A gift, a great one...but the writing was eh... - Goodreads
Amazing illustrations. - Goodreads
Ralph Steadman is a fine writer in his own right. - Goodreads
The photos were great, as was the artwork (obviously). - Goodreads
That's why HST was the writer and Steadman the artist. - Goodreads

Review: The Joke's Over: Ralph Steadman on Hunter S. Thompson

User Review  - Katherine Freniere - Goodreads

3 stars for the information. It would have been 2 or even 1 if I was just basing it on writing ability. That's why HST was the writer and Steadman the artist. Read full review

Review: The Joke's Over: Ralph Steadman on Hunter S. Thompson

User Review  - Frank - Goodreads

The book started a lot stronger for me than it finished. Probably because Steadman was more enamored with his early years with Hunter before he became more and more "Hunter." Funny that in their first ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Ralph Steadman is one of the greats of cartooning history, an international cult figure and part of a British tradition that runs from Gillray to Searle. He illustrated Hunter S. Thompson's great classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and is the writer and artist of books ranging from Leonardo (on da Vinci) to The Grapes of Ralph (on wine).

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