Gonzo is a tour de force that will take you into the world of American writer and iconoclast Hunter S. Thompson.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Ammo Books
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This is more of an art book, with maybe a 25-page bio of the Doctor written by Ben Corbett. But the next 220-some pages are nothing but pure joy in the form of old photos from Thompson. It's great to see candid snapshots of his famed trip to Vegas, pictures of all of the anti-drug pamphlets he got at the narcotics convention, pictures of him hitchhiking as a kid and hanging out in Big Sur and San Juan and everywhere else. My only complaint is that this book isn't huge and oversized; I'd love to...more
An fantastic picture of the life of Hunter S., structured as a story told through the words of his friends...it goes into a lot of depth on his early life, which was excellent (he was a little devil child), but the excitement peters off towards the end of his years. I'd still recommend it if you're interested in learning how he got to be the way he is, or just want to hear his exploits told first-hand. He as a person still fascinates me.
A fun book that serves its purpose well. To be clear, this book is very much an art book. There is little to no text and focuses instead on high-quality illustrations, clippings, and photos. With this in mind this would be a great thing to pick up for HST fans. It isn't revelatory and I would say it's a bit overpriced at regular MSRP but if you can find it at a discount it makes a great collector's item and looks fantastic on your shelf.
A stunning large-format, limited edition (3000 copies) visual showcase of the life and times of HST. See the draft first page of Fear and Loathing in LV, notes on napkins, travel pictures, the works. Beautiful, and a centerpiece of my collection.
an excellent collection of pure Gonzo photos, mostly taken by the good Doctor himself. a lot of these you may have seen, but not in this size, & many of them are here in unedited form. for the HST completest, this is obviously essential, but the casual fan will not get as much out of it.
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...moreMore about Hunter S. Thompson...
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