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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,663 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ralph Steadman Narrator: James Adams Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781455188284
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In early 1970, artist Ralph Steadman went to America in search of work and found more than he bargained for. At the Kentucky Derby he met a former Hell’s Angel, one Hunter S. Thompson. Thompson wrote later that “The rest of that day blurs into madness. The rest of that night, too. Steadman was lucky to get out of Louisville without serious injuries, and I was lucky to get out at all.” Thus began a thirty-year working relationship and friendship that gave birth to what became known as Gonzo Journalism.

Few people knew Hunter S. Thompson as well as Ralph Steadman did. This no-holds-barred memoir tells of their unique collaboration that documented the turbulent years of the civil-rights movement, the Nixon years, and Watergate. When Thompson committed suicide in 2005, it was the end of a friendship that was defined by both betrayal and understanding.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is fairly amazing that these two could get away with having so much fun, on expense accounts no less, in the name of journalism.”

    New York Post

  • “Records…the wildly erratic tempo of their bruising friendship…A fair and poignant assessment of the chaotic genius and messy legacy of Hunter S. Thompson.”

    Independent (London)

  • “There can be no question that Hunter S. Thompson’s pivotal works would not be the same without the accompanying artwork of his partner Ralph Steadman…[Steadman] recalls it all eloquently.”

    Buffalo News

  • “Bizarre and compelling.”

    Miami New Times

  • “A pleasant surprise.”

    Tampa Tribune

  • “Steadman genuinely admires his friend’s writing but examines his character with clear-eyed honesty and corrects the record as he sees fit…Funny and—unlike his subject—dry.”

    Booklist  

  • “A must read.”

    BookPage

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • On New York Post’s “Required Reading” List

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam Sampson | 2/15/2014

    " Eloquent, insightful, brutally honest account of his relationship with Hunter S. Thompson. However, he abruptly darts into tangents without bringing them back to the main point. It doesn't bother me, as it's consistent with the Gonzo style, but I can think of a few people that would be driven nuts by this. I'm enjoying the book it because it gives a lot of background, and helps me to more fully understand the motives and designs behind their collaborative work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mollymillions | 2/10/2014

    " Not a bad book, but I just couldn't finish it. Ralph Steadman is a better artist than author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lysergius | 2/9/2014

    " Steadman's drawings are an essential part of the Gonzo experience. He coped well with Raoul Duke's brand of vicious craziness and it is fitting that he should write about his old partner in crime in such an emotional way. A good read if you liked HST! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tomjo | 1/23/2014

    " It's amazing to finally get insight into the "other side" after reading Hunter's take on everything for so long. And to get some perspective on what Hunter was like as a friend and compatriot. "The Horror! The Horror!" Pretty interesting, Ralph. Who knew what you'd been bottling up all these years. Cheers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 patty | 12/27/2013

    " Ralph bought the ticket and took the ride! I enjoyed reading about Steadman's career, and backstory re The Curse of Lono. Recommended for HST/Steadman fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Browne | 12/24/2013

    " This story was a whirl-wind ride through the bizare and mad life of writer Hunter S. Thompson, told by his good friend Ralph Steadman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 12/19/2013

    " If anyone could paint a picture into the soul of Hunter S. Thompson... this is the man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/18/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book alot. It gives a very interesting insight into the life of Hunter S. Thompson that maybe you think you know or maybe you don't. Definitely entertaining and a quick read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erik | 11/27/2013

    " Though this memoir seemed liked something that I'd really like, I lost interest about half way through, and did not finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lydia Gurevich | 11/4/2013

    " I very much enjoyed knowing Ralph's side of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 10/10/2013

    " Truly amusing, but there is an intimate pain of loss when reading this. Steadman is a man of pictures, Thompson was the man of words. Interesting and revealing- as if anything about thompson is at all shocking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 7/9/2013

    " Corroborates many of Hunter S. Thompson's writings - interesting to read the other side of the conversation taking place during their misadventures. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patrick Mcclure | 11/16/2012

    " Ralph Steadman should stick to illustrating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ella | 10/31/2012

    " the anecdotes, the faxes! but reading it, i felt like i was hiring someone to pick through his dead friend's bones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler | 2/24/2012

    " Crazy stories from Hunter S. Thompson's humble sidekick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg Panos | 1/29/2012

    " some nice back story stuff. Nothing mind-blowing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie Green | 11/22/2011

    " A lovely commentary of a heart-warming relationship! I loved it! :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Doyon | 10/10/2011

    " I miss Hunter, this book only added to the fact he is gone and the joke is indeed over. A great read for fans of Hunter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guy Granlund | 9/28/2011

    " If you are a fan of Hunter and Ralph you will love this read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jackalope Mack | 8/22/2011

    " What can I say? Steadman gives some great accounts of his relationship to the great Hunter S. Thompson. I just wish he would've worked more on his own narrative voice instead of trying to SOUND like Thompson. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 7/13/2011

    " It's great to have a first hand perspective of the stories I already know from somebody a little more grounded-although not by much! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 5/11/2011

    " If anyone could paint a picture into the soul of Hunter S. Thompson... this is the man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 2/24/2011

    " "Don't write Ralph. You'll bring shame on your family" Of course, this wasn't true, and I kind of feel bad that this was sat on my shelf for four years waiting to be read, because Ralph writes just fine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 1/25/2011

    " Truly amusing, but there is an intimate pain of loss when reading this. Steadman is a man of pictures, Thompson was the man of words. Interesting and revealing- as if anything about thompson is at all shocking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guy | 12/14/2010

    " If you are a fan of Hunter and Ralph you will love this read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Farhad | 8/12/2010

    " This book is more a collection of haphazard notes and diary pages transformed into a novel-like memoir. Fun to read but at times repetitive and dull, it is a emotionally wrought book on two talented friends who fed off each other's intensity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 6/25/2010

    " Ralph shares good,bad, and ugly side of Hunter as a friend. I feel like I know him better, and Ralph is a good writer too! Since reading Dylan's autobiography and this, I am seeing artists who transcend their fields of expertise. Cool. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ella | 3/2/2010

    " the anecdotes, the faxes! but reading it, i felt like i was hiring someone to pick through his dead friend's bones. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jon | 12/7/2009

    " stick to the drawings Ralph "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patrick | 11/11/2009

    " Ralph Steadman should stick to illustrating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lydia | 9/27/2009

    " I very much enjoyed knowing Ralph's side of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Uncle | 9/12/2009

    " Book of their relationship mostly. At times the book is sad, in showing how Steadman felt second fiddle to HST.

    At points in the book Steadman lashes out at HST... and tries to show how he has prevailed.

    Mostly fond recollections though. "

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