Monday, March 05, 2007

Hunter S. Thompson Slide Show & Farewell Note

Hunter S. Thompson, probably best know for his Gonzo journalism and book "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas" and movies adapted from his book, died a little over two years ago.

The following is a slide show of Hunter S. Thompson's previous photo exhibition at M+B Gallery, Los Angeles.

From The M+B Gallery Press Release:

"M+B gallery and AMMO Books are pleased to present GONZO, the debut exhibition of photography by famed American author Hunter S. Thompson. The exhibition coincides with the release of Thompson's final book, of the same name, and chronicles his life through his own photographs and memorabilia.

GONZO began as a personal collaboration with Thompson prior to his untimely death, and has since come to completion with the support of his family and estate. The show will feature many never before seen photographs from Thompson's personal archive, including shots from his early days as a foreign correspondent in Puerto Rico, living in Big Sur in the 1960s, time on the road with the Hell's Angels, illuminating self-portraits, and many personal moments with friends and family throughout the years.

GONZO is a visual tour de force that will take you on an incredible journey through the life and times of the legendary writer Hunter S. Thompson. The iconoclastic American author developed his own style of writing that became known as "gonzo journalism"-a completely truthful, but not always factual, hands on method of reporting. With his numerous articles for Rolling Stone and other magazines, his acclaimed books including Hell's Angels , The Rum Diary , Curse of Lono and the seminal Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas , Thompson influenced generations and established himself as an original and powerful voice in the political and literary world.
Immortalized on film by good friends Johnny Depp (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 1998) and Bill Murray (Where the Buffalo Roam, 1980), Hunter became a cult hero to counter-culture youth, intellectuals and celebrities alike. Notoriously fond of firearms and hallucinogens, Thompson lived in his self-described "heavily fortified compound" in Woody Creek, Colorado. One of his most famous quotes summed up his anarchist and acerbic philosophy on life, "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me."

Related site:

Hunter S. Thompson, according to Wikipedia

Hunter S. Thompson's Suicide Note

(Thompson died at his house in Woody Creek, Colorado on February 20, 2005, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was 67 years old. He left this one page typed suicide note):


No More Games.
No More Bombs.
No More Walking.
No More Fun.
No More Swimming.

That is 17 years past 50.
17 more than I needed or wanted.

I am always bitchy.

No Fun -- for anybody. 67.

You are getting Greedy.
Act your old age.

Relax -- This won't hurt.


Great post about Hunter Thompson from The Opinion Mill written shortly after his suicide.

Excellant recent article on Hunter Thompson from the Organic Mechanic site


Laura said...

Love the slides. HST has always intrigued me. Never liked Fear & Loathing the film until I read the book. Then I fell in love with both.

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