Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone

Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone

The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson

Book - 2011 | 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
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The definitive collection of the king of gonzo journalism's finest work for ROLLING STONE "Buy the ticket, take the ride," was a favorite slogan of Hunter S. Thompson, and it pretty much defined both his work and his life. Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone showcases the roller-coaster of a career at the magazine that was his literary home.

Jann S. Wenner, the outlaw journalist's friend and editor for nearly thirty-five years, has assembled articles that begin with Thompson's infamous run for sheriff of Aspen on the Freak Party ticket in 1970 and end with his final piece on the Bush-Kerry showdown of 2004. In between is Thompson's remarkable coverage of the 1972 presidential campaign--a miracle of journalism under pressure--and plenty of attention paid to Richard Nixon, his bête noire; encounters with Muhammad Ali, Bill Clinton, and the Super Bowl; and a lengthy excerpt from his acknowledged masterpiece, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas .

Woven throughout is selected correspondence between Wenner and Thompson, most of it never before published. It traces the evolution of a personal and professional relationship that helped redefine modern American journalism, and also presents Thompson through a new prism as he pursued his lifelong obsession: The life and death of the American Dream.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781439165959
Branch Call Number: 070.17 THOMPSO
Characteristics: xi, 572 p. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Wenner, Jann


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Jan 02, 2018

It spans the time of Hunter's work with Rolling Stone. As well as the final piece he wrote for them before his death.

Oct 30, 2013

Maybe there is a reason this book was in the self help section of the library (self help in becoming a journalist). Heavy in politics and a little boring following the campagne trail of '72 leading up to Nixon becoming president again against the backdrop of candidates denouncing him even though they voted for the war in vietnam themselves. The parallels to today's politics is to strikingly close where political parties are set up to get rid of a candidate rather then propose a solution, the "anyone but nixon then and the tea party lets get the black predisent out". Hunter was insightful but never took it too seriously because of the Gonzo Journalism he did. Good book to read but even I only got half way through it but will finish it another time. Too heavy a dose of this guy will make me think evil things the government is doing to us.


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