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5.0 out of 5 starsGonzo fan? Buy this book NOW!!!
Reviewed in the United States on May 27, 2019
One of Hunters best efforts! From politics to the Hells Angels- The Kentucky Derby to his mescaline fueled 4am Biblical hotel balcony rant the fun never ends!! He was such a unique and amazing character who truly made me howl with laughter. He talks about how he accidentally stumbled on his patented brand of “Gonzo Journalism” by, “Accident & Desperation”, and in true Hunter form he even makes the telling of this tale ironic and FUNNY!!!......and boy am I glad he did!..........~K.
5.0 out of 5 stars1st review deemed unacceptable. And the problem with that is....?
Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2017
Ok. So Amazon didn't like my stories of meeting Thompson in '82 during a speaking gig in Berkeley, or how he introduced me to a Mitchell Brothers dancer. Or how we met up a few times afterwards at that famed strip joint. No, they wouldn't I suppose though it was during the same period quite a bit of this book came from. I still have an SF Examiner newspaper stand cardboard from then along with the fond and not so fond memories. Great writing. Anyone who says otherwise or says that it's outdated or irrelevant isn't intelligent enough to understand how often history not only repeats itself but how the same monsters frequent the battlefield and how necessary it is to load your pen with obscene and vulgar ammo and let fly in order to slay the dumb brutes. If you honestly believe this is fiction in any sense you should take handfuls of drugs, walk into a bar full of bikers and announce tattoos are vulgar and you work for the CIA. The ensuing discussions should bring about an understanding that this stuff happens. Regularly. Trump wouldn't stand a chance had Thompson drawn from a different deck. Him and his billionaire bed fellows would be pulling typewriter keys and ribbons from their backsides as did quite a few of those political monsters from previous administrations. Cheers Thompson. Thanks for the booze, drugs, woman and brilliant writing.
OK, it's been a while since I read this, but remember it being essential Hunter S. Thompson writing. It's a broad mix of stuff, I guess from his early career to 1990. I think this is the third installment of the Gonzo Papers, including Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 72'. I think it is a collection of essays which span all the above years, and they have been very carefully selected. I think this is Hunter in prime form and would recommend it to any Thompson reader. I know this doesn't tell anyone anything specifically, but trust in my "gestalted" memory, this is a keeper or I wouldn't have bothered to re-purchase it many years later(I bought it in the 90's...) So we will all have to dig in to some kickin' Thompson. It's on my stack. This is one of his best efforts, I believe. Happy reading!
Songs of the Doomed: More Notes on the Death of the American Dream
This book is by far one of my favorite HST works -- a perfect example of Gonzo nuttiness and a hodgepodge of letters, stories, and mishaps. This is Hunter S. at his craziest and a few stories (particularly: Saturday Night at the Riviera) had me bursting out into mad laughter while sitting in the airport.
There is still a general dose of politics sprinkled throughout the book, but you'll find plenty of other hilarious and interesting content.
You can't go wrong with any writing from Hunter S. Thompson. He is a literary genius. Anyone who has experienced any of the "items" he has has a greater appreciation for the style he writes and he just understands the world the way everyone should. A must read (any of his books or articles).
This is one of Thompson's collections. It is far better than Generation of Swine and Hey Rube, which just gathered short, poorly-written articles. It is not as interesting as the material in The Great Shark Hunt but it is better edited. While the older book was totally random in composition, this one is woven together really well with 1990 interviews that give some explanation to the strange mix of writing. Not all of it is brilliant, of course, but enough of it is to make this worth reading.
I'm not a fan of dust covers, I worked as a bookbinder for many years and I appreciate the binding itself. (it would be good to see a few photos of the actual book) This was in good condition, quarter bound red buckram with grey paper. It could do with a few days in a press but that's probably just me being fussy.