Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Hunter S. Thompson
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
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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.
Unquestionably the highlight is Thompso ...more
Overall, it felt like something was missing, but I can't put my finger on it.
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 ...more
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 ...more
It was particularly interesting to read Thompson's a ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
It was such a pleasure to read a book that emboldened perfect strangers to approach ...more