Happy Birthday Hunter

Today is The Good Doctor’s Birthday. He would have been 78.

His voice and insight continues to be badly missed by people all over the world. What starnge times we live in today, it would have been great to hear what Hunter thought of the current climate.

Below is a photo of Hunter when he ran for Sheriff of Aspen. As to why I picked this particular photo…keep reading below

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Birthdays mean presents and I am delighted to tell you that fans of the Good Doctor are in for a real treat soon.

A new book – Freak Power: Hunter S. Thompson’s Campaign for Sheriff is on the way this summer and it is absolutely brilliant. Stay tuned…review is coming this week.

All the best,

Rory

Fear and Loathing in Los Angeles

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Fear and Loathing in Los Angeles

Saturday, August 24–Saturday, September 14, 2013

Subtlety is really the hallmark of my art.

– Hunter S. Thompson

 BOA/SOA Art Gallery is pleased to present Fear and Loathing in Los Angeles an exhibition in conjunction with the Gonzo Museum, which will be on view at the gallery starting August 24th, 2013.

 The exhibition will feature shotgun artwork by Hunter S. Thompson, signed prints by Ralph Steadman, vintage “Thompson for Sheriff” campaign posters by Thomas W. Benton as well as special works by William S. Burroughs and Warren Zevon. This traveling exhibition of thirty-six artworks marks the first time these works have been shown outside of the Gonzo Museum in Aspen, Colorado. These seminal works defined the gonzo aesthetic and became the symbols of an irreverent literary and journalistic style.

  In conjunction with the exhibition, The Cinefamily will be presenting two Gonzo films based upon the works of Hunter S. Thompson at the Silent Movie Theater, 611 N Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

The BBC documentary “High Noon,” a rarely seen film about Hunter’s run for sheriff will be followed by “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”  A selection of vintage posters from Thompson’s campaign for sheriff of Aspen will be on display at the theatre.

Hunter S. Thompson (1937- 2005) was an American outlaw journalist and author, famous for his books; Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the heart of the American Dream, and Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72.

Thomas W. Benton (1930-2007) was an American activist and silkscreen printmaker based in Aspen, Colorado, best known for his political posters. Benton created campaign posters during Hunter S. Thompson’s “Freak Power” campaign for the position of sheriff of Pitkin County in 1970, as well as the cover of Thompson’s work Fear and Loathing on the campaign Trail ’72.

Ralph Steadman (1936- ) is a British illustrator best known for his art in the novels of the author Hunter S. Thompson including “Vintage Dr. Gonzo” and the iconic “Bat’s over Barstow”, which appeared on the cover of Thompson’s novel, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the heart of the American Dream (1972).

   For further information please contact Daniel Joseph Watkins at danieljosephwatkins@gmail.com

www.gonzomuseum.com

www.boaartgallery.com

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July 18 – Happy Birthday HST

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If we cannot produce a generation of journalists – or even a good handful – who care enough about our world and our future to make journalism the great literature it can be, then “professionally oriented programs” are a waste of time. Without at least a hard core of articulate men, convinced that journalism today is perhaps the best means of interpreting and thereby preserving what little progress we have made toward freedom and self-respect over the years…without these men we might as well toss in the towel and admit that ours is a society too interested in comic strips and TV to consider revolution until it bangs on our front door in the dead of some quiet night when our guard is finally down and we no longer even kid ourselves about being the bearers of a great and decent dream.  – Dr. Hunter S. Thompson