Immortal Words From The Legendary Hunter S. Thompson!
It’s one of his most famous quotes, and it sums up the majestic insanity that was Hunter S. Thompson. And wait until you see what I found – his bizarre interview with Rolling Stones Guitarist Keith Richards!
The Story Of Hunter S. Thompson!
Thompson was one of the greatest non-fiction writers of all time, creating a “gonzo” style that has never been replicated – his unique take on non-fiction reporting includes this classic of the genre:
“Fear & Loathing IN Las Vegas” is a masterpiece – this legendary book tells the story of his journey to Las Vegas to cover a police convention, joined by his Attorney…it was turned into the cult classic directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Johnny Depp as Thompson and Benicio Del Toro as his insane legal counsel…
Hunter S.Thompson became internationally known with his first best-selling book – “Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs.”
In order to write this amazing book, Thompson spent a year living with the Angels, experiencing their lives and hearing their stories first-hand – and the experience almost got him killed!
Thompson’s Take On Presidential Politics!
His book on Presidential politics, “Fear And Loathing On The Campaign Trail” is also a classic, and is a seminal look at covering Presidential candidates on the road. But the most amazing thing I came across was his work – on TV!
“The television 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.”
“Good Men Die Like Dogs…There’s Also A Negative Side.”
How can you not love that quote? It speaks to Thompson’s unique style as a Writer, and when you see this amazing TV interview with Rolling Stones Guitarist Keith Richards, you can see what he was like as a person as well!
Here it is:
The interview was filmed by ABC, but it never aired – and I can only imagine the conversation at ABC as they debated what to do with this incredible piece of material!
Thompson’s health deteriorated and in 2005, the Writer committed suicide at the age of 67. In accordance with his wishes, his ashes were fired out of a cannon in a ceremony funded by his friend Depp and attended by friends including then-Senator John Kerry and Jack Nicholson!
And what about Keith Richards?
Well, the legendary Guitarist wrote his own memoir, which is a terrific book – and Johnny Depp paid homage to him with his wacky performance in the “Pirates” movies!
But there is one movie Keith doesn’t really want you to see:
Yes, this profane movie actually exists! It’s the legendary documentary that captures the band on the road in the early 70’s…if you want to see why it’s rarely seen, just click here:
RIP Hunter S. Thompsn – let me know what you think of his interview!
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