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Going Gonzo On a Friday Night with Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

Posted: Feb 13, 2009

It is no secret that, like my Swampland brother in arms James Calemine, I am a long time reader and die hard fan of the late Hunter S. Thompson. I was first introduced to Thompson’s writings during the seventies via Rolling Stone, and after seeing the Bill Murray film Where The Buffalo Roam, my fate was sealed.

I read Hells Angels, Hunter’s account of life in and around the most famous motorcycle club of all time. I read Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas and all of the other great Thompson writings. I read his sports columns and just about anything I could get my hands on.

I romanticized a life as a carefree gonzo journalist. If I could be like Hunter, I would often think, my life would be perfect. I would be a rock and roll star with a laptop computer.

As it turned out, I am not exactly the drug and booze fueled genius like Thompson was, but I do write, and I do enjoy my work. A lot.

I remain a huge fan of Hunter, and for Valentine's Day I gave myself a great gift. I got my hands on the  DVD, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, which James wrote about last summer. Took me a while, but hey, I've been waist deep in Southern Rock,  guys.

The film, by Alex Gibney, is just amazing. Not only is it a fitting tribute to the iconic writer, it is also a fantastic reliving of the war torn sixties, full of film footage from the Vietnam war era, the political state of America, McGovern, Nixon, Humphrey, Wallace. It's Tim Leary, the hippies, the acid tests, and the music. Oh yes, the movie soundtrack is in and of itself a much appreciated flashback, with music from Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and so many others.

There are clips from Hunter’s many work tapes (which is another collection on my wish list, the matching Gonzo audio collection), and great narration by friend Johnny Depp. Lots of commentary from Hunter’s old boss, Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner. Many interview clips with Hunter’s first and second wives, his son and friends like George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, Jimmy Buffett and many others, help to paint a clear picture of this complicated, entertaining, Southern born writer.

Also included on the DVD are extended interviews, deleted scenes, drawings by Ralph Steadman, photo galleries and much more.

These were two of the best hours I have spent in front of the boob tube in quite a while. Just a fine tribute to one of my all time heroes.

Keep it Real. Keep it Southern.

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PenneElk says...

Believe it or not, I, too, wanted to be Hunter S. Thompson. As soon as I picked up the book "Fear and Loathing..." I was hooked. Not the ideal aspiration for a southern belle. I enjoyed "Where the Buffalo Roam" in 1980 and in reruns, and now that I live in the boondocks, I guess I will have to get the DVD of "Gonzo" or wait until it comes on Pay Per View. Thanks to both you and Calamine for the great pieces.

countryrocker1967 says...

I didn't like the Johnny Depp movie about Hunter but the one Bill Murray did in the 70s was prime. Thompson was great. I have to rent this film soon.

elaine1987 says...

Hunter was the greatest journalist of our time. I saw the movie about a month ago and fully agree with you. Lots of memories for a 50 year old. (Yes, 1987 was the year my baby was born, not my birth year. lol.)

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