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Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Hunter S. Thompson

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  939 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews

A compilation of the subversive, important and entertaining writer of Hunter S. Thompson - renowned American writer of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

'It would not do to be found in the desert under these circumstances: firing wildly into the cactus from a car full of drugs...'

Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone showcases the evolution of the writer of Fear and L

Kindle Edition, 594 pages
Published (first published November 1st 2009)
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Rory Feehan
Apr 10, 2012 Rory Feehan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have been eagerly looking forward to this book, as have a lot of people, ever since it first appeared on the horizon over three years ago. Originally slated for release in November 2008, it suddenly vanished off the radar as quickly as it had appeared, with no explanation whatsoever from the publisher. Having finally received a copy of this book before Christmas, all I can say is that it is a pity it didn’t remain in the wilderness for good. In short this book is an utter disgrace.

I cannot fat
Robert Delikat
Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson is a book that is basically just that. It was in the early 70’s that I first met HST. We used to hang out, smoke a little weed, do a few lines then drop some blotter and discuss the political chicanery going on in Washington or just the basic fuckedupedness of world affairs in general. Vietnam was grist for our mill back then. Ol’ Tricky Dick, being the easy target that he was, had a great deal to be said and written ...more
Oct 01, 2012 furious rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE!

this book of HEAVILY edited/butchered HST material represents the latest disgusting attempt by the vile pig fucker Jann Wenner to suck cash out of the Good Doctor's corpse. this is the shameless desecration of Art by a greedheaded whoreson with no modicum of human decency.
Gus Sanchez
In Hunter S. Thompson, Rolling Stone magazine found a voice that legitimized the periodical from its' earliest musical journal trappings. In Rolling Stone, Hunter S. Thompson found himself the perfect home from which to fire off breathtaking, foul-mouthed, drug-fueled, and superbly crafted missives against the political and social monsters slowly destroying the American Dream he still believed in. Clearly, the magazine and writer found kindred spirits within one another, forging a mutually benef ...more
William Thomas
Like most people my age, I know about HST because of the movie adaptation of 'Fear and Loathing' where he is portrayed capably by Johnny Depp (probably the last good movie he appeared in). I must have watched that damn movie 100 times and could probably still recite all the lines without having seen it in years. I thought it was absolutely hilarious when i was younger, and as I gre older I saw it for something more than a comedy. I started seeing through all of the drugged out interludes into th ...more
Aiden Wylie
Jan 06, 2014 Aiden Wylie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Essential HST? That's an awful lot of Hunter. This unedited (from the magazine articles, which differ from the book form) compilation of his Rolling Stone work is indeed his prime material. From the moving Battle of Aspen, where Thompson shunned the obnoxious humour of his ESPN work for an honest analysis (which in retrospect was almost prophetic) of American politics, to the fading and irrelevant sports pieces, the heart of the Doc's work is included.

Unquestionably the highlight is Thompso
On the one hand, i want to give this 5 stars because I enjoy Hunter's writing, however given the many other reviews stating that the articles were heavily edited, I don't really know how to rate. It took me a long time to read, definitely not one to read in one go to save from HST burnout. I'd like to read the original articles and compare them to the book.
Overall, it felt like something was missing, but I can't put my finger on it.
anday androo
Feb 01, 2015 anday androo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never expected to like Hunter S Thompson as much as I did. I have fuzzy, addled, memories of watching Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in HS. These memories generally involve some guy doing a lot of drugs while speaking in gunfire bursts of wit dripping with perversion and cynicism. While those memories are certainly a big part of Thompson's work, it's quite obvious that they were mere vessels for his main payload of political and cultural criticism. While his patois and chemical baggage scream ...more
Todd Martin
Hunter S. Thompson’s work at its best comes across like a whirlwind of manic absurdity.

With few exceptions Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone is not Thompson at his best. It’s workman-like journalism with a light Thompson-esque flare covering events that have long since ceased to be relevant. There are also the allegations that Thompson’s editor, Jann Wenner, significantly revised the original text … but I’ll leave that for the Thompson scholars to debate (I would have forgiven them had the res
Ed Terrell
Jan 04, 2014 Ed Terrell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone is one enjoyable romp through US history told through the mescaline enhanced imagery and alcohol induced adrenaline spurts of writing. I read F&L with what felt like an illegal smile on my face the entire time. Hunter is one crazy writer, whose skill at intertwining fact and fiction will have you laughing out loud. Irreverent, unconcerned with the consequences of his actions, principled but peyote driven, he creates such an original stream of metaphors that ...more
Maggie Waggoner
Mar 24, 2016 Maggie Waggoner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those who want more of Hunter S. Thompson then "Fear and Loathing" -- a great place to start. This collection consists of correspondence letters between Thompson and the editor of Rolling Stone along with excerpts or full text from articles written for Rolling Stone. It shows how Thompson went from a struggling writer riding on one book's fame (his "Hell's Angels" reportage) to becoming one of the most infamous writers of his generation. For those interested in understanding how "personal br ...more
Stephen Terrell
For the better part of two decades, wildman journalist Hunter S. Thompson ripped a savage path through the landscape of American politics and journalism. Punctuated by alcohol (rum and Wild Turkey) drugs, guns, fast cars and out-of control parties, Thompson utilized a wickedly astute eye, vulgar uninhibited language, supercharged imagination, an unfailing bullshit detector and a savage typewriter to lay open the American landscape of Vietnam, politicians, society, personalities, the Super Bowl a ...more
Anthony Mathenia
Sep 10, 2012 Anthony Mathenia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone collects Hunter S. Thompson's multi-decade work for the title music magazine. The majority of the book is made up of Hunter's political writing and includes his expansive "On the Campaign Trail" coverage the 1972 Democrat candidate nomination and the presidential election. During the course of the coverage an optimism for the political process, and specifically the McGovern ticket, ends with a jaded letdown as evil Nixon triumphs. Hunter's most scathing, and hi ...more
Christopher Rex
HST is best taken in small doses. This is a 500pp. beast of a book. I don't recommend reading it cover-to-cover unless you want HST Burnout. Leave by the side of the bed or the crapper or wherever you read and pick it up from time to time.

The book is a collection of HSTs political (and other) writings spanning some 40 years, though the bulk is dedicated to the Nixon-Ford-Carter years. There are also some copies of correspondence between HST and Rolling Stone magazine, but these added very little
Mar 25, 2012 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
HST, along with Ken Kesey, Ed Abbey, Richard Farina, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, is yet another of my dead heroes. Athough I do not sport a Gonzo tattoo, I am a fan. Having said that, unless you,too, are a die-hard fan, Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone may not be a book you want to read cover to cover in one sitting. To avoid overdose, it may be better to pace yourself, sampling a little at a time, interspaced by maybe something lighter.

It was particularly interesting to read Thompson's a
Jan 26, 2016 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Collection of Thompson's Rolling Stone stuff. I had read most of it between "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail" and "Raw Shark Texts". Most of it was great. Some was a bit annoying.

The early stuff was great, and I was surprised by how good the later stuff. "Fear and Loathing in Elko" was good. "Polo is my Life" was hilarious.

Some of the political stuff got tiresome. He really dropped the ball on Ali's story. The piece on Vietnam was lame too, especially after hearing about the background.
Jun 05, 2012 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bookended with some weaker material struggling for a style, the meat of this is a long account of the fall of Nixon. Thompson's insights on the campaign trail in 1972 would prove on target as Watergate unfolded and chased the President from office. Much of his topical considerations of a weak primary contest reflects well on this year's Republican contests. Excellent pieces on Mohammed Ali and Roxanne Pulitzer, each at the tipping point into decline, show Thompson moving more into the role of ob ...more
Tristen S
Feb 19, 2014 Tristen S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HIghly recommend this. It was my intro into the world of HST and probably the best way to do it. I loved the correspondence between him and Jann on his articles, and then of course, the articles itself. Hard to pinpoint my favorite one but it'll either be the one at the Super Bowl or the crazy divorce story in Florida.
Mar 05, 2016 Sonstepaul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Transcends its dated topics through one of the most original and endearing voices of non-Fiction. (If you can call Gonzo journalism that.)

I so savour Thompson's voice--as he did Fitzgerald's--that I didn't allow myself to indulge in this all at once, instead choosing to read a section at a time when between books.

Yes, it's been edited, but most of it retains every virtue it had in the original form. Or maybe what they kept in is the sort of stuff I turn to Hunter for anyway? Whatever, if you're
Crystal Greek
Oct 23, 2015 Crystal Greek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An absolute scream. HST threw a wicked wrench into journalism. I wonder how popular he'd be if he were emerging today when a broader portion of the population feels entitled to hop up on soapboxes wherever and whenever desired with little regard to consequences. In his time, Hunter Thompson was unique and daring and, luckily, Rolling Stone was brave enough to bring him to the mainstream.
Oct 22, 2012 Celeste rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

If there is one writer who can make politics interesting, it's Hunter Thompson. A good chunk of the pieces chosen for this anthology are from Fear & Loathing on the Campaign Trail, about the presidential race in 1972, and I thought it would be fairly dull subject matter. On the contrary, it was a nice history lesson and gave me a peek into the mad craziness of the 1968 Democratic Convention, the assassination of Robert Kennedy, and that devious crook Nixon. It's made even more relevant toda
Mar 28, 2014 Brendan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This works well as both a fantastic introductory collection to HST's work, and a great item fir the serious fan. It's missing a good deal of Hunter's non-RS latter day masterpieces, but such is the nature of this collection. Well worth the cost of admission for the correspondence between Wenner and HST scattered throughout.
Feb 08, 2012 Taffy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A necessary read for Hunter fanatics. This book goes many layers deep into revealing what an irreplaceable , no holds barred gonzo journalist & author he was. His '72 presidential campaign ramblings ring ridiculously true to what we are facing in 2012. For example, when comparing McGovern & Nixon, Thompson states " Jesus! where will it end? How low do you have to stoop in this country to be president?" .
It was such a pleasure to read a book that emboldened perfect strangers to approach
Jun 14, 2015 Brad rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As I rate this book I'm torn between the Doctor's violent pages and Wenner's vicious, some might say mendacious, editing. Do yourself a favor and read these pieces in other, less bastardized collections.
May 19, 2014 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Frustrating. For all the reverence of 'Gonzo journalism', there's little journalism in this book to be found. Just meandering columns by someone who, especially in his coverage of the Presidential election, is an outsider who doesn't much like his job, nor the prospect of becoming an insider.
Rory Diva
May 05, 2016 Rory Diva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays
I listened to this on audio cd. The narrator, one of Thompson's editors, sounds very much like Thompson. It made listening to the essays a whole lot of fun.
Audrey Jenkins
Feb 27, 2016 Audrey Jenkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't finish, but I was intrigued! Wonderful historical account of politics and journalism. Raw and honest!
Apr 03, 2014 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"There is no such thing as objective journalism. The phrase itself is a gross contradiction of terms."
Jan 19, 2015 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, had forgotten how great a writer he was. Gives an insight into the process of the madness and how well researched it was. Also makes you see clearly the contrast between his clear political message and that idiot russell brand
Feb 15, 2014 Kari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even subjects that I have no interest in such as boxing, NFL or even politics, are made enjoyable, fascinating and completely readable when they are coming from the mind of Hunter S. Thompson. He was a genius wordsmith who brought his subjects vividly to life with wit, humour, ludicrousness and a fearless insight into everything he aimed his typewriter at.
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Hunter Stockton Thompson was an American journalist and author, famous for his book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He is credited as the creator of Gonzo journalism, a style of reporting where reporters involve themselves in the action to such a degree that they become the central figures of their stories. He is also known for his promotion and use of psychedelics and other mind-altering substanc ...more
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