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Hunter S. Thompson applies for the Vancouver Sun

hst_vanSun“And don’t think that my arrogance is unintentional: it’s just that I’d rather offend you now than after I started working for you. I didn’t make myself clear to the last man I worked for until after I took the job. It was as if the Marquis de Sade had suddenly found himself working for Billy Graham. The man despised me, of course, and I had nothing but contempt for him and everything he stood for. If you asked him, he’d tell you that I’m “not very likable, (that I) hate people, (that I) just want to be left alone, and (that I) feel too superior to mingle with the average person.” (That’s a direct quote from a memo he sent to the publisher.) Nothing beats having good references.”

From Hunter S. Thompson’s application to the Vancouver Sun in 1958. (via @beccatronic)

Field Tested Books 2008

HST's Proud Highway in Bangkok
The team over at Coudal.com are back at it with the launch of the 2008 edition of Field Tested Books, a collection of book reviews by a variety writers, each with an interesting twist. As Jim explains:

“We had this notion that somehow through experimentation we could identify how our perception of a book is affected by the place where we read it. Or maybe the other way around. Maybe it’s possible to determine how a book colors the way we feel about the place where we experience it.”

This year, the ever-experimental crew are trying their hand at book publishing by offering the Field-Tested Books collection (including all three years of FTB reviews) “in a handsome trade paperback”. I was quite honored to be asked back as a contributor, and in return submitted a gonzo-inspired review of “The Proud Highway” by Hunter S. Thompson as read in Bangkok. (My 2006 submission, “Siddhartha, on a train between Madrid and Barcelona, Spain” can be found here.)

A perfect way to blow a Friday morning: peruse the website, buy the book and be sure to throw it in your backpack this summer when you light out on your own great literary adventure.

“Gonzo” Trailer

Buy the ticket, take the ride.

Trailer for Alex Gibney’s (The Smartest Guys in the Room, Who Killed the Electric Car) Gonzo.

Hunter’s World

Hunter's World by Paul Pascarella
Those of you who visit this site on a semi-regular basis will be aware of a series that I have been posting to since this past November titled Great Counterculture Logos (the irony of this moniker has never been lost on me btw) and, more recently, of the email that I received from artist/designer Paul Pascarella in which he descibes a little of the process that went into the creation of the Gonzo Dagger (Part 5 in said series). There was also mention in that correspondence of a portrait that he did right after HST’s death, a tribute of sorts to the Good Doctor which I subsequently expressed interest in, whereby Paul forwarded along to me this sneak preview of what he calls, Hunter’s World.

So there you go. As far as the purchasing details for this work: there are prints of the painting still availlable in two sizes and editions. The memorial edition of 40 prints, 32x 26 for $950, and Hunter’s World Edition of 75 prints, 24×18 for $350. Purchase of the original canvas itself is currently only available to the Hunter “inner circle”. Selah.

Hunter S. Thompson Interviews Keith Richards

Hunter S. Thomspon Interviews Keith Richards
The warped and uncalibrated state of the first 20 seconds of this video seems a fitting start to the contents that follow as though serving to open a portal into an entirely different reality, one hosting the clash of two titans of the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll ethic.

It really does not get much more legendary than this. Amusingly, as one of the comments points out, it is Keith Richards that comes out seeming the most sober. But despite a good few moments of drug addled babble on both sides, exchanges on such topics as the events of Altamont, and the second life of J Edgar Hoover are truly priceless moments.

Great Counterculture Logos – Part 5

Gonzo Fist
The Gonzo Fist by Paul Pascarella .

Paul Pascarella writes:

I would just like to be clear on the logo that you are refering to, the Gonzo fist, or the actual Gonzo logo with fist, name and dagger blade. The two thumbed fist with peyote button was originally designed by Hunter and a local Aspen artist named Tom Benton. It was first used I believe as a Freak Power symbol when Hunter was running for Sheriff in Aspen in 69′ when Benton designed the poster.

The actual Gonzo logo that you see around in Rolling Stone, Hunter’s books etc. is what I designed for Hunter in the early 70’s. Designing logos is what I did such as the Lorimar logo, United Artists and many more. Hunter wanted a logo for the Gonzo way, Gonzo Journalism and so on. So I took the two thumbed fist and redesigned it along with the logotype and knife blade. I remember the knife blade was roughly fashioned after one of Hunter’s throwing knives and if you notice carefully the negative spaces in the type and knife blade all match up and relate well to each other, atleast if you are looking at the real one.

That was only one of many graphic and art projects I worked on with Hunter and working with Hunter is always much more complex than it need be, but also can be more fun than usual. The most recent was a kind of Hunter’s World portrait I did right after his death. It is mixed media almost all in black and white 5’x4′. I also made a six minute film on the making of the painting and soon will be putting the painting up for sale.

Years later I didn’t think the Gonzo logo was my best design, but it may turn out to be the biggest.

Hunter S. Thompson takes to the sky

Aspen Daily News


Above are the two best photos I could find of the weekend’s festivities at Owl Farm. Michael Swindle of the Village Voice provides the most fitting commentary.

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