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Old 02-23-2004, 09:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hunter s. thompson

I know there are a ton of hunter fans on this board and i just wanna know which book i should get hells angels? Or "Fear and Loathing on the campaign trail"

Also does anyone read his articles on espn.com, they are nuts, one article was about how he had a dream that he fought arnold shwartzenagger (sp?) in a limo.
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Old 02-25-2004, 08:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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yup....

mod u can delete now if u want to, damn my failed threads.
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Old 02-25-2004, 08:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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you could delete the thread yerself if you were so inclined
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Old 02-26-2004, 01:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I dig Hunter, but you're on the wrong board man..
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Not the wrong board, just the wrong forum.


Fear and Loathing on The Campaign Trail was not as entertaining as I'd hoped. Hells Angels is brilliant. Also check out Rum Diary.
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hunter s thompson was a liar and a cheat. he should be crucified with the rest of the false profits.
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Old 02-26-2004, 04:27 AM   #7 (permalink)
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hunter s thompson was a liar and a cheat. he should be crucified with the rest of the false profits.
Profits?

Erm also why a liar and cheat?
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Old 02-26-2004, 04:29 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Profits?

Erm also why a liar and cheat?
because i said so douche bag.
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yeah, campaign trail was alright. i havent read hells angels but FAL on the campaign trail was all about ploitics, so if you are into that kind of thing...
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"Hell's Angels" was an excellent book. Starts off a little slow, but once it gets going, you'll be laughin' your nuts off. He partied with the best of them & Sonny Barger [CEO] was probably the best leader of any organization so far. He turned that small club into a world-wide corporation, with registered trademarks, monthly meetings, & a money-generating 1%er society.
The book is great & contrary to popular belief, the ending isn't what you think...of course, I can't say or that'll ruin it for you.
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He was just a hopeless drunk spouting mostly incoherent ramblings from whatever was left of his brain.

But to my knowledge he was not a liar or a cheat.
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Old 02-26-2004, 08:40 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Fear And Loathing on the Campaign trail is pretty damn good. It's incredible how little politics has changed since then. Anyway, Hell's Angels is very entertaining. It's funny to think that the fat pansies in leather who call themselves hell's angels these days are the same group.

You might wanna check out his newest too, Kingdom Of Fear. It's kinda a retrospective PLUS a picture of his naked ass shooting a shotgun on the back cover.
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sorry for the past tense...........I thought he was dead.




for those who never heard of HST or Gonzo Press.............

.............it's old ,but relevant............ .


NEW YORK (CBS.MW) -- So, Hunter S. Thompson was saying on the phone Friday morning, he had recently hung out with his long-time friend Bob Dylan while the rock-and-roll star was on tour in Colorado.

Yes, we're talking about THAT Hunter Thompson and, yes, THAT Bob Dylan. Talk about a meeting for the ages: Thompson, the maestro of Gonzo journalism, and Dylan, the voice of his generation and still going strong at the age of 61.

Thompson, who turned 63 on July 18, said he and Dylan had been lamenting the current spirit of America, whose fertile imagination each have tapped into for inspiration, fame and fortune since the 1960s.

Thompson said he shared with Dylan his concern about the country's clamor for what loomed as "World War III and World War IV." He told CBS.MarketWatch.com in an interview that Dylan was "one of his heroes."

Dylan, whom Thompson first met in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, nodded and said, presumably in his trademark laconic but forceful speaking style: "But WE don't have to join them."

Still Gonzo after all these years

Make no mistake, Hunter Thompson is still outspoken and all-Gonzo.

Contrary to his image as a wild man, Thompson spoke in carefully measured tones. He was calm and considerate. Most of all, he was very interesting.

We talked on the telephone for about 20 minutes. Thompson is one of America's most acclaimed political and pop culture chroniclers of the past 30 years. The author of such classics as "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail" is famed for his outspoken and brilliant writing style, his wild, partying lifestyle and his liberal politics.

He is as relevant today as when he revolutionized much of journalism in the 1970s with his self-styled "Gonzo" approach. Gonzo was a kind of shorthand for unrestrained first-person writing. Echoing such writers as Tom Wolfe and Charles Bukowski, Thompson's writing was equal parts irreverent and without reverence.

Writing about Richard Nixon's pre-Watergate victory over George McGovern in 1972, Thompson eloquently conveyed his outrage and, well, fear and loathing. He said America had been reduced to a country of used car salesmen, and lamented: How low do you have to stoop to be elected President of the United States?

When our interview began, Thompson was watching a classic bit of Americana, circa 2002: a live CNN report about the police closing Alligator Alley, a stretch of highway in Florida, as they investigated a vague but worrisome report from a waitress in Georgia about a possible terrorist bomb threat.

Thompson said he was stunned by the attention stemming "from a conversation a woman overhears in some diner in Calhoun, Ga." She then phones her fear in to "some tip line."

Thompson didn't even try to conceal his amazement that the police would go so far as to "shut down the interstate highway" and BLOW UP PEOPLE'S LUGGAGE!"

The CNN story was an example of what he called the media taking its devotion to sensationalism "past all limits of absurdity." It was clear that Thompson was more outraged by the media attention being given to the story than to the realism of the threat.

Other points that Thompson made in our interview:

* He has a new book coming out in December. The title? "Kingdom of Fear." That's basically how he views the state of the U.S. right now.
* The only stock he said he ever bought was the Boston Celtics.
* He still has harsh words for the "greedheads" and the Republican oil tycoons who come to Colorado and complicate his life.
* His advice for President Bush: "QUIT!"
* His advice for his fellow citizens: "Get out and vote."

Getting the interview

It's not easy to interview Thompson.

Thompson lives in Woody Creek, Colo., and prefers to stay out of the limelight in New York and Los Angeles. He lives a nocturnal lifestyle and is hard to pin down.

Thompson, who has been portrayed in movies over the years by actors as varied as Bill Murray and Johnny Depp, is a hero to people, revered for his wit, bluntness and spirit of fun. Try as we professionals might to remain detached about our assignments, we all thought it would be pretty cool to be able to get an interview with Hunter S. Thompson.

(When Rolling Stone founder and editor Jann Wenner first met Thompson in the early 1970s, Wenner is said to have declared: "I know I'm the voice of the counter culture and all of that, but what is that?"

In fact, it took CBS.MarketWatch.com a few weeks of conversation, planning and arranging. Finally, a Thompson representative said our interview was a go and asked us to call him at 9:15 a.m. Eastern Time, or 7:15 in Colorado.

We called him 15 minutes early, just to be safe. The MarketWatch newsroom in New York was buzzing with excitement. Thompson, we assumed from his reputation for wild partying over many decades, was buzzing himself, but in a different way.

We placed the call -- but there was a hold-up.

We were told to call back 15 minutes later -- Thompson was having dinner. At seven in the morning.

You simply can't beat that little slice of life for a classic Gonzo nugget.


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Old 02-26-2004, 03:10 PM   #14 (permalink)
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"Generation of Swine" is a good one by HST. It's more accessible than -Campaign Trail '72.

Also, "Songs of The Doomed" is another great collection of letters, probably my favorite Thompson book I've read in awhile.
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Old 02-26-2004, 03:17 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Hunter is what he is. A crazy ass. Maybe he lied, cheated, stole - whatever. But you shoudlve expected that.
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