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Dr.  Hunter  S.  Thompson

portrait of Hunter S. Thompson by Allen G. Arpadi          short profile

primary works
collections & other works

works about Hunter S. Thompson

movies, plays & other media


“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”

“I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.”

“The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where
thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side.”

“Call on God, but row away from the rocks.”

— Hunter S. Thompson

“He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.”
Dr. Samuel Johnson [1709-84] — favorite quote of Hunter S. Thompson

     B I O
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Thompson family's Gonzo Store website
Hunter S. Thompson entry at Wikipedia
Hunter S. Thompson credits [since 1978] at Internet Movie Database
browse books by/about Hunter S. Thompson at Amazon

Primary Works

"Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga"
[Random House, 1966] 067960331X

"Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas: A Savage Journey To The Heart of The American Dream"
[Random House, 1971] 0679785892 + 0394464354 + HB=0679602984

"Fear and Loathing: On The Campaign Trail '72" [Straight Arrow Books, 1973]

"To Aspen and Back: An American Journey" <1980]
by Peggy Clifford & Hunter S. Thompson 0312806299

"The Curse of Lono" illustrated by Ralph Steadman [Bantam Books, 1983] 3822848972

"The Rum Diary: A Novel" [Simon & Schuster, 1998]
about a burned-out New York journalist who takes a job writing for a newspaper in Puerto Rico
0786173750 Span=9875800252 + SpanHB=8433969641

"The Rum Diary" [G.K. Films / Film District Oct 2011]
The Rum Diary 2011 movie  Written & directed by Bruce Robinson, based on Duke's novel; starring Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDb

"Screw-Jack and Other Stories" [Simon & Schuster, 2000]
"Screwjack: A Short Story" (Hardcover - Dec 13, 2000) 0684873214

"Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of A Star-Crossed Child In The Final Days
of The American Century" [Simon & Schuster, 2003] 0684873249

"The Boys On The Bus" by Timothy Crouse & Hunter S. Thompson (pb Aug 2003) 0812968204

"Hey Rube: Blood Sport, The Bush Doctrine, and The Downward Spiral of Dumbness
- Modern History From The Sports Desk" [Simon & Schuster, 2004] pb=0684873206

http://www.amazon.com/Happy-Birthday-Nicholson-Pocket-Penguins/dp/0141022434/ [2005]

"GONZO: Photographs by Hunter S. Thompson" [AMMO Books, 2006] ISBN 0-978-60760-0

"Gonzo: An Oral History" [2007] by Hunter S. Thompson & Corey Seymour 193295807X

"The Mutineer: Rants, Ravings & Missives From The Mountaintop, 1977-2005"
[Simon & Schuster, 2009] ISBN 0-684-87317-6

Collections & Other Works

"Gonzo Papers" in 4 volumes
Volume 1: "The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales From A Strange Time" [Summit Books, 1979]
Volume 2: "Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation In The '80s"
[Summit Books, 1988] pb=0743250443
Volume 3: "Songs of The Doomed: More Notes On The Death
of The American Dream" [Simon & Schuster, 1990] 0743240995
Volume 4: "Better Than Sex: Confessions of A Political Junkie" [Random House, 1994]

"The Fear and Loathing Letters, Vol. 1: The Proud Highway
- The Saga of A Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955–1967" [Random House, 1997] 0679406956

"The Fear and Loathing Letters, Vol. 2: Fear and Loathing In America
- The Brutal Odyssey of An Outlaw Journalist, 1968–1976" [Simon & Schuster, 2000]
collection of papers first appeared in Time Magazine, 1997

"Fear and Loathing At Rolling Stone: The Essential Hunter S. Thompson" [2008]
Edited by Jann S. Wenner 0316007951

Works About Hunter S. Thompson

"Hunter: The Strange & Savage Life of Hunter S. Thompson" []
by E. Jean Carroll (pb - Sep 1993) 0452271290
http://www.amazon.com/HUNTER-Strange-Savage-Thompson-ebook/dp/B005SJQZ9S/ [ebook 10/2011]

"When The Going Gets Weird: The Twisted Life & Times of Hunter S. Thompson
- A Very Unauthorized Biography" by Peter O. Whitmer (Paperback - Dec 10, 1999) 0967738407

"Fear and Loathing: The Strange and Terrible Saga of Hunter S. Thompson"
by Paul Perry (pb Mar 18, 2004) 1560256052

The Joke's Over / Gonzo, Hunter S. Thompson & Me  
"The Joke's Over: Bruised Memories - Gonzo, Hunter S. Thompson & Me" [2006]
Written & illustrated by Ralph Steadman, Foreword by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Harvest Books 8x5¼ pb [10/2007] for $10.20
Harcourt 9x6¼ hardcover [10/2006] for $17.16

"The Gonzo Way: A Celebration of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson"
by Anita Thompson & Douglas Brinkley (Hardcover - Aug 15, 2007) 1555916228

"Conversations With Hunter S. Thompson" by Beef Torrey & Kevin Simonson
(Paperback - Jun 2008) 1934110779

"9 1/2 Years Behind The Green Door: A Mitchell Brothers Stripper Remembers
Her Lover Artie Mitchell, Hunter S. Thompson & The Killing That Rocked San Francisco" []
by Simone Corday (pb Nov 15, 2007) 1934248622

"Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson" [2007] by Corey Seymour
(Hardcover - Oct 31, 2007) 0316005274 (Paperback - Oct 20, 2008) 0316005282

"Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson" []
by William McKeen (Hardcover - Jul 7, 2008) 0393061922

"The Kitchen Readings: Untold Stories of Hunter S. Thompson" []
by Michael Cleverly and Bob Braudis (pb Feb 5, 2008) 9780061159282
A ramshackle selection of anecdotes about the gonzo practitioner

"Ancient Gonzo Wisdom: Interviews With Hunter S. Thompson"
by Anita Thompson (pb Feb 9, 2009) 0306816512

new autobio of pal Oscar Zeta Acosta

Movies, Plays, Other Media
Hunter S. Thompson credits [since 1978] at Internet Movie Database

Thompson ran unsuccessfully for sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado in 1970
watch campaign ad [0:34] on YouTube

"Where The Buffalo Roam" feature [1980] w/Bill Murray + music by Neil Young

"Hunter S. Thompson: The Crazy Never Die" documentary [1988] by the Mitchell brothers

"Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas" [1998]
directed by Terry Gilliam; starring Johnny Depp & Benicio del Toro

"Anthem: An American Road Story" [Zeitgeist Films July 1997]
Anthem road movie  "A unique and irreverent time capsule of the American Spirit at the dawn of the 21st Century" • two-hour extract from Gabel & Hahn's travels across America to meet common folk and visit celebrities, intending to 'explore and expose the American Dream' Co-produced, co-written & co-directed by and featuring Shainee Gabel & Kristin Hahn; also featuring rapper Sen. Barbara Boxer, rapper Chuck D., poet Rita Dove, Geraldine A. Ferraro, Winona LaDuke, George McGovern, country music star Willie Nelson, Robert Redford, Tom Robbins, George Stephanopoulos, musician Michael Stipe, Studs Terkel, gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, and rascal filmmaker John Waters; film won FIPRESCI Prize in Amsterdam • full credits at IMDb
Passion River color DVD [6/2007] for $29.99

"Breakfast With Hunter" documentary [2003] directed by Wayne Ewing, featuring Johnny Depp

"When I Die" documentary [2005] directed by Wayne Ewing

"Free Lisl: Fear and Loathing In Denver" documentary [2006] directed by Wayne Ewing

"Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride" short [2006] by Tom Thurman

"F*ck" documentary film [2006] about the famous four-letter word

"Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson" [2008]
from Oscar-wining director Alex Gibney

"Prisoner of Denver" feature film [to be released in ?]
In May 2010, Motion Picture Corporation of America bought the films rights to a Vanity Fair article co-written by Thompson and the magazine’s contributing editor Mark Seal about 21-year-old Lisl Auman who was charged with murder & convicted even though the crime occurred while she was in the back of a patrol car, already in police custody. Thompson's unrelenting pursuit of the case, including the June 2004 magazine article, helped overturn Auman’s sentence in 2005.

"The Rum Diary" [FilmDistrict Oct 2011] /tt0376136/
adapted & directed by Bruce Robinson; starring Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart & Richard Jenkins

"For No Good Reason" documentary feature  
[Itch Film/Sony Pictures Classics 2013?]
For No Good Reason documentary feature about gonzo illustrator Ralph Steadman  Actor Johnny Depp and a camera crew visit gonzo illustrator Ralph Steadman at his home studio • Produced by Itch Films co-founder Lucy Paul; directed by Charlie Paul; featuring Johnny Depp, Ralph Steadman, Hunter S. Thompson, Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant & Jann Wenner
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

L i n k s

Thompson family's Gonzo Store website
Hunter S. Thompson entry at Wikipedia
Hunter S. Thompson credits [since 1978] at Internet Movie Database

CO's Hunter S. Thompson fansite

Online sales in association with  browse books by/about Hunter S. Thompson at Amazon

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