With Thompson's trademark insight and passion about the state of American politics and culture, Songs of the Doomed charts the long, strange trip from Kennedy to Quayle in Thompson's freewheeling, inimitable style. Spanning four decades - 1950 to 1990 - Thompson is at the top of his form while fleeing New York for Puerto Rico, riding with the Hell's Angels, investigating Las Vegas sleaze, grappling with the "Dukakis problem," and finally, detailing his infamous lifestyle bust, trial documents, and Fourth Amendment battle with the Law. These tales - often sleazy, brutal, and crude -- are only the tip of what Jack Nicholson called "the most baffling human iceberg of our time."
Songs of the Doomed is vintage Thompson - a brilliant, brazen, bawdy compilation of the greatest sound bites of Gonzo journalism from the past 30 years.
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Shoddy production (including indecipherable narration by Thompson himself) and shifting narrators (one with a distractingly thick accent) obviously unfamiliar with Thompson's work and style make this production an insult. Save your money.
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Hey, it's Doctor Thompson. It starts unevenly with some fairly incomprehensible meandering thoughts from his unpublished Jellyfish and Rum Diaries. But when he gets to politics and news, he's just about the best. His thoughts as a reporter in Saigon at the end of the war, his musings with a parolee in a library at night, his coverage of Rozanne Pulitzer divorce trial and observations of the wealthy of Palm Beach, Florida and his musings on the 1972 presidential race are brilliant and show Thompson at the top of his game. It is worth slogging through the early fiction for the gems later on. And dedicating the book to the wonderful Rosalie Sorrels who died less than a year go, why that would bring a tear to anyone who ever heard her.
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Okay, a bit hyperbolic however this production made me want to kill the people involved in various, nasty ways. I don't know who signed off on this piece of shite. The song they use in the intro's and outro's qualifies as torture. It took me a while to cotton to Scott Sauer's narration, this abomination made me realize how good he really is. Really, that song needs to be ritually wiped from the face of the earth.
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Listening to Hunter ramble about his work and spend more time ranting than reading is what makes it worth it. It's the true dr HST gonzo experience!