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Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
8:10 am - Happy birthday Hunter S. Thompson

Originally posted by distilledvanity at Happy birthday Hunter S. Thompson
I wrote a tribute to the Good Doctor on Bizarro Central. I'll cut and paste it here:

“All political power comes from the barrel of either guns, pussy, or opium pipes, and people seem to like it that way.”

It’s been six years since Hunter S. Thompson shot himself and had the best party in the history of funerals. Today marks his 74th birthday.

As any Gonzo fan knows, there are endless articles, books and movies on the man…most of the documentaries are the same rehashed shit, especially those that sprouted up after his death.

The best Hunter S. Thompson footage is in the DVD extras of the Criterion edition of Fear and Loathing. It has a commentary track with Hunter as well as commentary from Terry Gilliam, Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro. Also in the extras is the BBC documentary “Fear and Loathing on the Road to Hollywood”, a short documentary of Hunter during the making of the Fear and Loathing film called “Hunter Goes to Hollywood”, video of Johnny Depp reading letters from Thompson and lots more. Basically all the interesting footage used over and over in the other Hunter documentaries are all in these extras.

My favorite Gonzo movie and really one of my top ten favorite movies of all time is Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Very few film adaptations of books, especially one as erratic and psychedelic as Fear and Loathing are able to be able to capture the essence of the story well on screen but Gilliam managed to do it despite his claims of never having done acid in his life.

Some people like Where the Buffalo Roam but I thought it came across as a 96 minute Saturday Night Live skit. Bill Murray’s SNL Hunter didn’t do it for me.

I’m looking forward to seeing The Rum Diary movie though. Johnny Depp will be reprising his role as the Good Doctor. The film seems to have been stuck in development for 100 years but a release date has finally been announced: October 28, 2011!

The Rum Diary is Hunter’s Great Gatsby which is the first book he ever wrote but didn’t publish until the 90′s. If you haven’t read it, you should. As amazing as his non-fiction/partially fictitious work is, The Rum Diary is a great American novel that is incredibly underrated.

The Gonzo tapes are a must have for any Thompson fan. The makers of Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson actually went over the boxes of audio tapes Hunter recorded from 1965 to 1975 and transferred the good stuff into an audio box set. The recordings during the Hell’s Angels and Fear and Loathing period are incredible stuff. You’re listening to history being made and Hunter’s musings are as hilarious on audio as they are on paper.

Most of us who have at least lightly dry-humped “the edge” have been heavily influenced by Hunter’s work. Often imitated but never close to being replicated, Hunter S. Thompson is the godfather of freak culture.

So as you sip your Wild Turkey and go one toke over the line on this special day, here are some Gonzo links to peruse through:

-Hunter S. Thompson Books Comprehensive Gonzo site dedicated to linking every article and book about HST.

-An Unpublished Interview from The Quietus

-Hunter S. Thompson Motivational Posters

-Lego Fear and Loathing!

-Owl Farm Blog Hunter’s widow Anita is still holding down the fort over at Owl Farm and blogging about Hunter-related stuff including politics and musings that she knows Hunter fans will appreciate.

-Recent interview with Anita to promote HST-related beer and books

If you have any favorite Hunter quotes, pics and links please post them in the comments section.

From all the freaks still on the coaster ambling up towards the giant inversion, Happy Birthday Grandpa!

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”

current mood: high

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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
9:58 pm - An Unpublished Interview With Hunter S. Thompson


On 17th October 1998 I was highly fortunate to conduct a telephone interview with the late, great Doctor of Journalism Hunter S. Thompson for an article for the long defunct movie magazine Neon. What follows below is a straight transcript (never before printed) of the whole phone conversation with Thompson at his heavily fortified home Owl Farm, Woody Creek, Colorado. It was at Owl Farm, on 20th February 2005, that Thompson took his own life with a gunshot after a long period of illness.

Read the rest of the interview, with great youtube clips of Thompson here.

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Sunday, February 20th, 2011
11:16 pm - Grandpa with a kitty


current mood: touched

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Monday, January 17th, 2011
8:07 pm - Post your favorite Hunter pics and video!


current mood: drunk

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Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
7:45 pm - Happy Birthday Old Man!


I misread my calendar or else I would have posted this on July 18th which is Grandpa's actual birthday but I wanted to wish him a belated birthday. Wherever you are, I'm sure you're raising hell.

current mood: thoughtful

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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010
6:23 am

I would like to direct your attention to today's t shirt over at teefury.


It is only available for the next 14.5 hours or so, so be quick!

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Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
12:45 am - Books for sale.

Hey I'm moving soon and am selling off possessions. Please let me know if you're interested. Feedback at my journal.

These are in mint condition.

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail: $10 shipped
The Great Shark Hunt: $15 shipped
Generation of Swine: $15 shipped
Fear and Loathing in America: $15 shipped
The Rum Diary: $10 shipped

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Sunday, February 21st, 2010
12:25 am - the crazy never die


RIP Grandpa, I love you and miss you. You inspire me.

current mood: sad

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Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
6:46 pm - True Lego Grit!


Click here for more Lego Fear & Loathing!

current mood: amused

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Thursday, November 5th, 2009
11:13 pm - Hey guys

Thought some of you might be interested in my brand new site, http://www.robinjamesganderton.com

It has a section loosely titled Gonzo, which is probably why you'll like it.

There's a facebook page here if you want to become a fan: http://www.facebook.com/pages/RobinJamesGandertoncom/169627747069?ref=mf

Enjoy, and thanks! 

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Saturday, July 18th, 2009
10:43 am - it's Grandpa's Birthday!


“There are times, however, and this is one of them, when even being right feels wrong. What do you say, for instance, about a generation that has been taught that rain is poison and sex is death? If making love might be fatal and if a cool spring breeze on any summer afternoon can turn a crystal blue lake into a puddle of black poison right in front of your eyes, there is not much left except TV and relentless masturbation. It's a strange world. Some people get rich and others eat shit and die."
—Gonzo Papers, Vol. 2: Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80s, 1988

current mood: high

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
12:29 pm - University of Colorado Auditorium - 1977


- While surfing around the web, I happened upon link to a HST appearance at the University of Colorado Auditorium back in 1977.

Go get 'em here:
http://link-protector.com/739999/ - Pt. 1
http://link-protector.com/740000/ - Pt. 2

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Monday, April 13th, 2009
10:51 am

photos by hunter s. thompson

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Saturday, April 4th, 2009
2:32 pm - For those as out of the loop as I was...

The Rum Diary is officially filming.

My mother showed me a photo of Johnny Depp on set in her People Magazine, checked IMDB, and sure enough. It only took em a couple of decades...

IMDB is here with the apparently official cast list. As a fangirl, I'm a bit tickled to see Aaron Eckhart on the list.

Thoughts, opinions?

current mood: excited

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
10:07 pm - Gonzo.

Would anyone be interested in my copy of Gonzo? It's one of the hardcover limited editions in the big blue case. LMK, $250 shipped is my price. It's in perfect condition. Sales feedback at my journal, can provide ebay and amazon as well. Thanks.

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Friday, February 20th, 2009
1:26 pm - 4 years ago today ...

Vaya con dios Dr. Thompson.

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Thursday, December 25th, 2008
6:54 pm

Is this allowed here?

(14) HST icons


HERE @ crayonpals

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Monday, December 8th, 2008
9:58 pm - HST on PostSecret.com this week.



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Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
12:41 am - More Hunter

The lower lobby was empty, except for the night watchman- a meaty black gentleman whose main duty was keeping people like me out of the pool at night, but we had long ago come to a friendly understanding on the subject. It was against the rules to swim when the pool was closed, but there was no rule to prevent a Doctor of Divinity from going there to meditate on the end of the diving board.

"Mornin', Doc," said the watchman. "Up a little early, ain't you? Especially on a nasty day like this."

"Nasty?" I replied. "What are you- some kind of god-damned Uncle Tom Republican? Don't you know who's leaving town today?"

He looked puzzled for a moment, then his face cracked into a grin. "You're right, by god! I almost forgot. We finally got rid of that man, didn't we, Doc?" He nodded happily. "Yes sir, we finally got rid of him."

I reached into my bag and opened two Bass Ales. "This is a time for celebration."

Hunter wrote that on the resignation of Nixon. But tonight, the spirit of the article resonates, not so much for the train that will be leaving the station, but rather, for the one that is pulling in behind it.

Better days are ahead. Let the good times roll.


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Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
10:40 pm - If only he could see us now....

I like to think HST's floating around somewhere being fucking PROUD of his country right now, what do you guys think?


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