Ancient Gonzo Wisdom: Interviews with Hunter S. Thompson

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Hachette Books, Jul 7, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 336 pages
Bristling with inspired observations and wild anecdotes, this first collection offers a unique insight into the voice and mind of the inimitable Hunter S. Thompson, as recorded in the pages of Playboy, The Paris Review, Esquire, and elsewhere.

Fearless and unsparing, the interviews detail some of the most storied episodes of Thompson's life: a savage beating at the hands of the Hells Angels, talking football with Nixon on the 1972 Campaign Trail (“the only time in 20 years of listening to the treacherous bastard that I knew he wasn't lying”), and his unlikely run for sheriff of Aspen. Elsewhere, passionate tirades about journalism, culture, guns, drugs, and the law showcase Thompson's voice at its fiercest.

Arranged chronologically, and prefaced with Anita Thompson's moving account of her husband's last years, the interviews present Hunter in all his fractured brilliance and provide an exceptional portrait of his times.

 

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Thompson's shining Gonzo Intellect is displayed here with humor and insight. Thompson was a seer, a visionary, an immovable force of which our culture will have to contend with for decades to come ... Read full review

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Hunter S. Thompson, journalist and author of nearly 20 books, including Hell's Angels and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, once said, "I like to get right in the middle of whatever I'm writing about-as ... Read full review

Contents

ABC NewsFebruary 20 1967 1
1
Sunday Canadian Broadcasting Corporation1967? 5
5
WBZ 1030 AM Radio Boston MassachusettsAugust 8 1972 9
9
PlayboyNovember 1974 31
31
Loose Licks AustraliaSpring 1976 57
57
New TimesDecember 10 1976 66
66
90 Minutes Live Canadian Broadcasting CorporationApril 12 1977 70
70
High TimesSeptember 1977 77
77
Contra Costa TimesAugust 30 1997 241
241
Puritan Magazine1998 245
245
Arena Magazine United KingdomSeptember 1998 250
250
Esquire Magazine LondonNovember 1998 254
254
MOJOApril 1999 258
258
The Paris ReviewAutumn 2000 260
260
George MagazineDecemberJanuary 2001 276
276
Yahoo Internet LifeAugust 2001 286
286

Lecture at the University of Colorado BoulderNovember 1 1977 93
93
Commonwealth Times Richmond VirginiaNovember 28 1978 110
110
Washington Journalism ReviewNovemberDecember 1979 128
128
Rolling Stone College PapersMay 1980 137
137
TO Magazine TorontoNovember 1986 143
143
ID MagazineNovember 1987 147
147
Rolling StoneNovember 25 1987 153
153
Studio for MenFebruary 1989 159
159
Primetime Live ABC NewsFebruary 27 1992 163
163
Spin MagazineMay 1993 174
174
Vanity FairSeptember 1994 183
183
NuCity Press Albuquerque New MexicoMarch 1 1995 185
185
Weekend Edition Sunday National Public RadioNovember 24 1996 194
194
Rolling StoneNovember 28 1996 197
197
The Book ReportcomJune 1997 213
213
All Things Considered National Public RadioAugust 7 1997 219
219
Village VoiceAugust 19 1997 223
223
Atlantic UnboundAugust 26 1997 228
228
Australian Broadcast CorporationAugust 29 2002 290
290
KDNK Community Radio Carbondale ColoradoJanuary 2003 295
295
Razor MagazineJanuary 2003 301
301
Publishers WeeklyJanuary 13 2003 311
311
Time Out New YorkJanuary 30 2003 313
313
SaloncomFebruary 3 2003 316
316
Marty Beckerman InterviewFebruary 3 2003 323
323
CNBCFebruary 8 2003 328
328
Boulder WeeklyApril 39 2003 339
339
High TimesSeptember 2 2003 347
347
Late Night with Conan OBrienNovember 6 2003 353
353
FreezerboxcomMarch 9 2004 357
357
BankratecomNovember 1 2004 369
369
PlayboyMay 2005 373
373
Contributors Biographies 387
387
Credits 391
391
Index 395
395
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About the author (2009)

Anita Thompson was Hunter S. Thompson's wife and assistant. She is the author of The Gonzo Way, a celebration of Thompson's legacy, and lives in Woody Creek, outside of Aspen, Colorado.

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