Hunter S. Thompson
Born: July 18, 1937, Louisville, Kentucky, United States.
Died: February 20, 2005, Woody Creek, Colorado, United States.
Hunter S. Thompson was an American journalist and author. Thompson had a turbulent youth after the death of his father left the family in poverty. He was unable to formally finish high school as he was imprisoned for 60 days after abetting a robbery, after that he joined the United States Air Force before moving into journalism.
Thompson became internationally known with the publication of Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (1967). With the publication in 1970 of “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved” he became a counter cultural figure, with his own brand of new journalism he termed “Gonzo”, an experimental style of journalism where reporters involve themselves in the action to such a degree that they become central figures of their stories. The work he remains best known for is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (1972). He was also known for his lifelong use of alcohol and illegal drugs.
While suffering a bout of health problems, Thompson committed suicide at the age of 67. Per his wishes, his ashes were fired out of a cannon in a ceremony funded by his friend, Johnny Depp, and attended by a host of friends including then Senator John Kerry and Jack Nicholson. Hari Kunzru wrote that, “the true voice of Thompson is revealed to be that of American moralist … one who often makes himself ugly to expose the ugliness he sees around him.”
Some of His Qoutes:
I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.
I wouldn’t recommend sex, drugs or insanity for everyone, but they’ve always worked for me.
You better take care of me Lord, if you don’t you’re gonna have me on your hands.
You can turn your back on a person, but never turn your back on a drug, especially when its waving a razor sharp hunting knife in your eye.
There is nothing more helpless and irresponsible than a man in the depths of an ether binge.
The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason.
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