New Hunter S. Thompson Forum!

I wasn’t trying to be an outlaw writer. I never heard of that term; somebody else made it up. But we were all outside the law: Kerouac, Miller, Burroughs, Ginsberg, Kesey; I didn’t have a gauge as to who was the worst outlaw. I just recognized allies: my people.”

Hunter S. Thompson – Kingdom of Fear

Some of you may already be familiar with the forum we have had here for the past few months. You will no doubt also be familiar with the multitude of problems we have had with bugs and server issues. Well finally I decided I had enough with the crappy service our host was providing so I terminated our relationship with extreme prejudice.  Thankfully I have moved to a better platform which is more reliable and has better features. Unfortunately this means that you will have to re-register in order to post again. We have had thousands upon thousands of visitors to this blog since we launched and I would love if you could join us in new Totally Gonzo Forum. So drop by and start posting or I’ll set the leeches on you!!

Ron Mexico

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Fear and Loathing on a Ducati 900: Hunter S. Thompson Rides Again

“Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube. That is why God made fast motorcycles, Bubba…I’ve always believed this, in spite of the trouble it’s caused me.” 

Hunter S. Thompson – Song of the Sausage Creature

I was lucky enough this week to pick up a copy of Cycle World from March 1995 which contained the above article from The Good Doctor in all it’s glory complete with artwork by Ralph Steadman. You can check it out in the rare articles section. In addition to Hunter’s article there is also a two page article by Brenda Buttner about her lost day at Owl Farm. Check it out below:

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Also William McKeen will be signing his new book Outlaw Journalist at the following locations in Florida:

Jacksonville Book Signing
Date: Thursday, August 7, 2008
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: The Book Mark
Street: 299 Atlantic Blvd.
City/Town: Atlantic Beach,

Tampa Book Signing
Date: Thursday, August 14, 2008
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Inkwood Books
Street: 216 S. Armenia Ave.
City/Town: Tampa, FL

Miami Book Signing
Date: Friday, August 15, 2008
Time: 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Books and Books
Street: 265 Aragon Ave.
City/Town: Coral Gables, FL

According to Mr. McKeen he has been asked to inscribe – “You Twisted Pigfucker!” – at previous signing events to which he obliged, so don’t hesitate to buy a copy for your Gonzo friends or enemies with a suitable inscription – I’ve always liked “Chew on this you heartless swine!” 

 

Here are some links to recent interviews with McKeen regarding the book.

 

Ok for now,

 

Ron Mexico  

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Johnny Depp Purchases Hunter S. Thompson Archive.

“I knew Colonel Depp was carrying a mixed bag of personal presents, including bottles of Absinth and night-vision binoculars and frozen shirts and Nazi SS jewelry. He also had rare medicines from Europe and oriental hand fans and many thousands of dollars and perfumes and cameras and pornography and sophisticated tattoo paraphernalia. He looked like an international Pimp with no respect for the law. If his luggage was searched he was doomed.” 

Hunter S. Thompson – Ambassador to Cuba

Johnny Depp has recently purchased Hunter’s archive – consisting of approx. 800 boxes of letters, unpublished material, artefacts etc etc. Colonel Depp is now officially the custodian and owner of the majority of Hunter S. Thompson’s papers. Once his team has sorted through the extensive material he has indicated that it will go to a University so that grubby scholars like myself can root through it like savages.

In case you are wondering what kind of stuff is in there why not check out our rare articles section. It will give you an idea what Hunters earlier work was like. There is many many more articles and short stories that have yet to see the light of day. Hopefully Colonel Depp can now start the process of getting this work onto the bookshelves.

Also Anita has now started her own column over at Huffingtonpost. Check it out!

Thats it for now,

Ron Mexico  

 

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Who Killed Hunter S. Thompson?

A few weeks ago here at Totally Gonzo, I brought up the seemingly forever delayed Who Killed Hunter S. Thompson? by Warren Hinckle and appealed for any information regarding the hold up. Well thanks to the power of the internet I can now bring you some good news. I have been in touch with Warren Hinkle himself and he brought me up to speed with the project. After the book was announced over two years ago a great amount of new ‘Hunter treasures’ have been unearthed and as a result the book has doubled in size from the original 200 or so pages to approximately 400 or so. Warren also had this to say about the book –‘there’s a fascinating amount of undiscovered Thompson lore and art in there…’

Providing everything runs smoothly Warren said that he hopes the book will be out around November. As soon as there is a definite release date I will post it here at Totally Gonzo. I also came across a blog entry by Peter Richardson who ran into Warren at the recent Book Expo America in L.A. Warren was there to promote Who Killed Hunter S. Thompson? so it seems that we will have this book in our hands sooner rather than later. Speeking of books Peter Richardson is the author of American Prophet: The Life and Work of Carey McWilliams who as you all know suggested to Hunter that he cover The Hells Angels for a story. Peter also teaches a class on California culture at San Francisco State University. One of the books studied in that class is Hells Angels. Check out his blog, it is well worth a visit.

Another blog worth checking out is The Farm Report by William McKeen which is regularly updated as he travels across America promoting his excellent new book Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson.

Thats about it for now,

Ron Mexico

PS: Totally Gonzo was recently mentioned in the papers here in Ireland. You can read the articles here. Reporter Olaf Tyaransen frequently writes about Hunter in both The Herald and Hotpress Magazine. Thanks for the mention Olaf! Also the Gonzostore is now back online.

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Celebrating Hunter S. Thompson

UPDATED SAT. JULY 19th (see bottom of post)

Today July 18th is Hunter S. Thompson’s birthday. He would have been 71. Now everybody knows that Hunter liked to have a good time so lets just do that today and celebrate the man – he would have wanted to hear ice clinking in glasses and the sound of people having FUN!  

If you are lucky enough to live near a theatre that is showing Alex Gibney’s Gonzo then why not check it out tonight and then hit the town. For those of you living in Hunters hometown of Louisville there is an event on tonight that promises to be a real blast.

   

 

Today also marks the publication of Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson by William McKeen. There is a book-signing tonight by William at Explore Books in Aspen for those of you lucky enough to live nearby. You can check out a list of places where William will be signing his book here. Having read the book (along with all the other ones on Hunter) I have to say it is by far the best one out there. Check it out you won’t be disappointed.

There is also a big event at the Nomad Lounge in Omaha today with Beef Torrey & Kevin Simonson – authors of Conversations with Hunter S. Thompson. Along with signing copies of their book, there will be a screening of Breakfast With Hunter and Kevin will be sharing one of the largest collections of Thompson and Steadman paraphernalia in the country. For full details of the event check out the website.

 

Finally don’t forget our great competition!

Happy Birthday Doc,

Ron Mexico

UPDATE: Check out this great story about Hunter by Michael Cleverly.

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In Search of The Ginger Man

Well, Lionel, a chap named Donleavy has just written a book. He never made it to Beverly Glen, or even Esquirebut he can write the balls off of every punk who did – including me.”

Hunter S. Thompson – The Proud Highway

 

Tomorrow I am off to Dublin to hopefully get a chance to have a word with JP Donleavy, infamous author of The Ginger Man and famed recluse. Mr. Donleavy is giving a reading as part of the Dublin Writers Festival and will also be discussing the upcoming movie adaption of his wicked novel. It is also heavily rumoured that Colonel Depp will be there, as he is hotly tipped to play the lead role – that of Sebastian Dangerfield. The Colonel and Mr. Donleavy are good friends and have been discussing this movie for a while now. Shane McGowan is also supposed to make a cameo appearence in the film playing the equally boisterous Brendan Behan. Speaking of the Colonel, it was his birthday this week so hopefully he had a good one! Here is a clip from the Extended DVD of his appearence on Inside the Actors Studio. He is talking about what it was like to live with The Good Doctor.

 

 

Oh yeah before I go, if you want to read a letter that Hunter sent to JP Donleavy then click here and last, but certainly by no means least, for those of you who are interested in collecting the work of Dr. Thompson check out HST Books run by our very own Lono, it is a fantastic site with great information on collecting First Editions, Limited Editions, Rare Magazines and basically everything to do with Gonzo.

Good luck,

Ron Mexico       

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