Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Dead Gonzo

Gonzo Dead: pics and interviews at the gonzo.org site.

Well, Hunter S. Thompson is dead. Killed himself apparently. Strange thing, I had never really fetishised the guy like others seem to do. When i first came across the idea of "gonzo" journalism at uni, i was fascinated with the idea of giving a biased and opinionated version of events. However after reading the "Great Shark Hunt" I realised WAS WRONG. To place yourself in the picture, to offer a real narrative and well-crafted version of events is more powerful and creative than the tired old methods of reportage we are so used to. Hunter began his writing career in the military.

Spose we all die eventually but its a pity he blew his fucking head off.

Hunter S. Thompson Dead at 67

- From tne Perth Indy Front Page. I whacked this cut n paster together in a vodka-induced state late last night....

GONZO IS DEAD! |||| HUNTER S THOMPSON DIES ||| From the Perth Indy newswires...

Regarded as one of the most legendary writers of the 20th century, the founder of GONZO journalism, American writer Hunter S. Thompson, author of such classics as Fear And Loathing in Las Vagas, has taken his own life after firing a gun shot to the head...

Hunter S. Thompson's son, Juan, released a statement saying he had found his father dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at the writer's Owl Creek farm near Aspen. He was 67 years old.

Photos of the late HST.

Thompson, famed for such adrenaline-packed narratives as "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," [ 2 ] turned his drug and alcohol-fueled clashes with authority into a central theme of his work, challenging the quieter norms of established journalism in the process.

Thompson had distilled his style of invective-laced, outlaw journalism into a slogan: "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."

Thompson developed a reputation for fearlessly attacking the complacency and consensus of mainstream journalism in America. He lived an extravagent life at his Aspen ranch where Thompson, the cavalier liberterian, maintained an extensive gun and drug arsenal.

Always an engaged critic of American culture, some of Thompson's more memorable quotes included:

- "America... just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable."

- "The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side."

All hail ye to Hunter S Thompson - The Perth Indymedia banner assumes a full respect for "Gonzo Style Journalism"...

Read More/Comment on Perth Indy...
His Last Column...
Some Hunter S Thompson Quotes...

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