“He finally agreed to appear on our show, but only if it was a remote segment where I meet him on a farm in upstate New York to shoot guns and drink hard liquor.” — Conan O’Brien
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Security by Hunter S. Thompson
Security … What does this word mean in relation to life as we know it today? For the most part, it means safety and freedom from worry. It is said to be the end that all men strive for; but is security a utopian goal or is it another word for rut?
Let us visualize the secure man; and by this term, I mean a man who has settled for financial arid personal security for his goal in life. In general, he is a man who has pushed ambition and initiative aside and settled down, so to speak, in a boring, but safe and comfortable rut for the rest of his life. His future is but an extension of his present, and he accepts it as such with a complacent shrug of his shoulders. His ideas and ideals are those of society in general and he is accepted as a respectable, but average and prosaic man.… Read the rest
Writer Hunter Thompson appears as a contestant in this segment from a 1967 episode of “To Tell the Truth” shortly after the publication of his book “Hell’s Angels,” with host Bud Collyer and panelists Tom Poston, Peggy Cass, Barry Nelson, and Kitty Carlisle.
h/t Open Culture.
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Who’s ready to get weird? Strap on your tin foil hats and let’s go exploring — Illuminati Hollyweirdness Celebrity style!
This time around the intrepid investigators at IlluminatiWatcher go down the Johnny Depp (and by extension Hunter S. Thompson) rabbit hole and bump into Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three along the way:
While many of you may think the lovable Captain Jack Sparrow from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean couldn’t POSSIBLY be into such dark forms of evil worship, I beg you to take a look at ALL of the evidence below and come to your own conclusion.
Perhaps Johnny Depp is a great guy who would never do such things and I have no idea what I’m talking about. Or maybe he falls in line with the many other closeted Hollywood occultists that pursue their own beliefs behind the scenes while the public is presented an entirely different image…
They say you can judge someone by the company they keep, so judge I will…
Regarding His Friendship with Hunter S.… Read the rest
I love the US election season. I think it’s because I live overseas now and I don’t have to sit through commercials or look at billboards, which is a blessed relief. Also, for better or worse my guy won the last two elections, and I joyfully took sustenance from the flowing tears of the Republicans standing around in abject shock that they had lost, then lost again. Each mouth agape in bewilderment, each wail of disbelief, each and every tear filled me like wine and I immediately wrote a letter to Apple demanding that they include a picture of Nelson Muntz in the emojis package for the next iPhone OS update.
Of course, I was also around for the George W. Bush years when the shoe was on the other foot, watching the democrats run Frankenstein in 2004 and clawing at my hair when they seemed to actually expect him to win, as if a man who couldn’t excite a crowd if his hair suddenly caught on fire had a chance against the political skullduggery of Bush, Cheney, et al.… Read the rest
I was recently reading a fun UPROXX article about Hunter S. Thompson’s appearing in pop culture. Of course this didn’t include the good doctor’s own contributions to said pop culture. This article mostly talked about biopics like Where the Buffalo Roam, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and The Rum Diaries. But it was also smart enough to mention Spider Jerusalem in the mix and savvy commenters were quick to add Colonel Hunter Gathers from the Venture Bros. cartoon.
I really like all of these Hunter happenings, but nothing beats the man himself. Here’s a bit about the Gonzo Tapes which give us the clearest glimpse we’re likely to get of the mad one’s demons and angels…
…from early missives on the Hells Angels and classic selections from Thompson’s seminal Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to trenchant 1972 presidential campaign coverage and reportage from the front lines of the Vietnam War.… Read the rest
“I keep my mouth shut now. I’ve turned into a professional coward.”
— Hunter S. Thompson in 1967
In the 1960s, Hunter S. Thompson spent more than a year living and drinking with members of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle club, riding up and down the California coast. What he saw alongside this group of renegades on Harley’s, these hairy outlaws who rampaged and faced charges of attempted murder, assault and battery, and destruction of property along the way–all of this became the heart of Thompson’s first book: Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga. Shortly after the book came out, Thompson sat down for a radio interview with the one and only Studs Terkel.
“I can’t remember ever winning a fight.”
“I used to take it out at night on the Coast Highway, just drunk out of my mind, ride it for 20 and 30 miles in just short pants and a t-shirt.… Read the rest
Hunter S. Thompson’s widow, Anita Thompson, recently told The Cannabist that she is planning to turn the Colorado home where Thompson took his life (Owl Farm) into a museum.
Katie Shapiro at The Cannabist:
“I’m working to make it a museum,” Anita Thompson told The Cannabist during a barbecue at Owl Farm on Saturday, part of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws’ annual meeting in Aspen.
“That’s why these rooms have remained the way Hunter left them,” she said, gesturing from her perch in the kitchen toward their famously storied living room, which hasn’t changed much in the 10 years since her husband took his own life. “At first it brought me comfort, and then over the last few years, I’ve kept it this way simply because it is history.
“I want others to experience it.”
Fear and Loathing On the Road to Hollywood is a documentary featuring writer Hunter S. Thompson and artist Ralph Steadman on a road trip to Tinsel Town. Also known as Fear and Loathing in Gonzovision, the Documentary Heaven site has the skinny…
A fascinating, 30 year old BBC documentary on the Good Doctor and Ralph Steadman, five years after Nixon’s resignation, and on a road trip to Hollywood (to work on what would become Where the Buffalo Roam).
Includes an interesting scene of John Dean chatting with Hunter about his Watergate testimony (at about 32 minutes), the birth of the “Re-Elect Nixon Campaign” (with a Bill Murray cameo), and a remarkably eerie scene with Hunter and Ralph planning Hunter’s final monument and his ashes being shot into the air, long before the actual fact.
Here is Fear and Loathing in Gonzovision. YouTube has removed the sound on most versions of this due to copyright infringement, but this playlist has audio up through the last 6 minutes — the best version available…
Stay Awake!… Read the rest