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Hunter S. Thompson: An Insider's View of Deranged, Depraved, Drugged Out Brilliance

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From quasi Hells Angel to counterculture author and gonzo journalist, Hunter S. Thompson led a life of legend. This remarkable book focuses on his most productive (and profligate) period. By a highly regarded author who knew him intimately, it takes us from Thompsons earliest, improbable success to his gradual, heartbreaking decline.

Jay Cowan, who was caretaker on Thompsons ranch, paints a sensitive portrait of a man who redefined participatory journalism, who captured the decadence and depravity of an era, and who generally consumed more drugs and alcohol than any other living creature on the planet. In his role as Americas “rock star author,” Thompson was invited to the White House (where he claimed to have snorted coke with presidential aides) and was friends with some of Americas biggest celebrities. A self-professed “lazy hillbilly,” he came to believe that immersing himself totally in a story and even becoming the story himself, and then writing it all in a multiday, deadline-cheating frenzy of drugs and sleeplessness, was the only way to proceed. It had worked for Kerouac, it had worked for Thompson himself with Hells Angels, and it meshed perfectly with his desired lifestyle.

Providing extraordinary new insights into the legendary writers creative and destructive impulses, Cowan also recounts how his intimacy with Thompson led him into numerous knife-edge situations—whether standing uncomfortable witness to the turmoil of the writers various relationships or hoping Thompson was thinking clearly when handling guns.

Featuring previously unpublished color photos, this book provides the most compelling and readable portrait to date of one of Americas most extraordinary personalities.

Book News Annotation:

Famed "Gonzo" journalist Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005) is remembered by Cowan, a writer who lived in the caretaker's cabin at Thompson's Owl Farm from 1976 to the mid-1980s. Cowan reflects on Thompson's work, his frequently embroiled personal life, and his many excesses, usually fondly, but not without some measure of ruefulness. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Cowan, who was caretaker on Thompson's ranch and a trusted friend, paints a sensitive portrait of a man who redefined participatory journalism, who captured the decadence of the era, and generally consumed more drugs and alcohol than any other living creature on the planet.

Synopsis:

From military sportswriter to roving correspondent for the National Observer, from quasi Hells Angel to counterculture author and gonzo journalist, Hunter S. Thompson led a life of legend. Hunter S. Thompson: The Glory Years tells the remarkable insiders story.

Synopsis:

The true believer. The hopeful romantic. The King of Fun. The last honest man. The guy who always bets his heart and knows its wrong but cant stop himself.

 

Hunter S. Thompson

 
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“Just like he loved Hunter, Warren Zevon would have loved this book.”

­ —Crystal Zevon

“Imagine Hunter Thompson as your landlord . . . as your next door neighbor.  Jay Cowan spent several years living just a few yards away from Hunter and lived to tell this tale. With insight and grace, he shows us what Hunter S. Thompson was like off-stage. He also shows how this much-misunderstood man was underestimated as a craftsman. This book brims with madness and affection, not to mention fear and loathing. All gonzo fans will treasure this monumentally entertaining story.”

 —William McKeen, author, Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson

Synopsis:

From military sportswriter to roving correspondent for the National Observer, from quasi Hells Angel to counterculture author and gonzo journalist, Hunter S. Thompson led a life of legend. Hunter S. Thompson: The Glory Years tells the remarkable insiders story. Jay Cowan, who was caretaker on Thompsons ranch and a trusted friend, paints a sensitive portrait of a man who redefined participatory journalism, who captured the decadence of the era, and generally consumed more drugs and alcohol than any other living creature on the planet. A self-professed “lazy hillbilly,” Hunter Thompson would immerse himself researching a story, then write it all in a multi-day frenzy of drugs and sleeplessness. In his role as Americas “rock star author,” he was invited to the White House (where he claimed to have snorted coke with presidential aides) and rubbed elbows with celebrities. Featuring previously unpublished color photos, this book provides the most compelling and readable portrait to date of one of Americas most extraordinary personalities.  

About the Author

Jay Cowan has published more than 500 articles in over fifty magazines and newspapers, from Outside to Sports Illustrated to Newsday. Editor in chief at Aspen Sojourner magazine, and the recipient of  several writing awards.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781599213576
Subtitle:
An Insider's View of Deranged, Depraved, Drugged Out Brilliance
Author:
Cowan, Jay
Publisher:
Lyons Press
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
Journalists -- United States.
Subject:
Thompson, Hunter S
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First
Publication Date:
20090303
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-page color insert
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Cowan, who was caretaker on Thompson's ranch and a trusted friend, paints a sensitive portrait of a man who redefined participatory journalism, who captured the decadence of the era, and generally consumed more drugs and alcohol than any other living creature on the planet.
"Synopsis" by ,
From military sportswriter to roving correspondent for the National Observer, from quasi Hells Angel to counterculture author and gonzo journalist, Hunter S. Thompson led a life of legend. Hunter S. Thompson: The Glory Years tells the remarkable insiders story.
"Synopsis" by ,
The true believer. The hopeful romantic. The King of Fun. The last honest man. The guy who always bets his heart and knows its wrong but cant stop himself.

 

Hunter S. Thompson

 
*
 
“Just like he loved Hunter, Warren Zevon would have loved this book.”

­ —Crystal Zevon

“Imagine Hunter Thompson as your landlord . . . as your next door neighbor.  Jay Cowan spent several years living just a few yards away from Hunter and lived to tell this tale. With insight and grace, he shows us what Hunter S. Thompson was like off-stage. He also shows how this much-misunderstood man was underestimated as a craftsman. This book brims with madness and affection, not to mention fear and loathing. All gonzo fans will treasure this monumentally entertaining story.”

 —William McKeen, author, Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson

"Synopsis" by ,

From military sportswriter to roving correspondent for the National Observer, from quasi Hells Angel to counterculture author and gonzo journalist, Hunter S. Thompson led a life of legend. Hunter S. Thompson: The Glory Years tells the remarkable insiders story. Jay Cowan, who was caretaker on Thompsons ranch and a trusted friend, paints a sensitive portrait of a man who redefined participatory journalism, who captured the decadence of the era, and generally consumed more drugs and alcohol than any other living creature on the planet. A self-professed “lazy hillbilly,” Hunter Thompson would immerse himself researching a story, then write it all in a multi-day frenzy of drugs and sleeplessness. In his role as Americas “rock star author,” he was invited to the White House (where he claimed to have snorted coke with presidential aides) and rubbed elbows with celebrities. Featuring previously unpublished color photos, this book provides the most compelling and readable portrait to date of one of Americas most extraordinary personalities.  

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