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The Joke's Over: Bruised Memories: Gonzo, Hunter S. Thompson, and Meby Ralph Steadman
Synopses & Reviews
In the spring of 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
associate of the Helland#8217;s Angels, one Hunter S. Thompson. Their working relationship resulted in the now-legendary Gonzo Journalism.
The Jokeand#8217;s Over tells of a remarkable collaboration that documented the turbulent years of the civil rights movement, the Nixon years, Watergate, and the many bizarre and great events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century. When Thompson committed suicide in 2005, it was the end of a unique friendship filled with both betrayal and underandshy;standing.
and#160;A rollicking, no-holds-barred memoir, The Jokeand#8217;s Over is the definitive inside story of the Gonzo years.
Book News Annotation:
To describe the 30-year relationship of Thompson and Steadman as bizarre would be a disservice to the language, and yet the two found compelling ways to describe some the more significant occasions of the end of the twentieth century, if not the end of the world, including Watergate. Steadman tracks through the decades, filling in and correcting details, and keeps the proceedings charmingly graphic and profane. The letters between the two men about business and credits are enlightening, and Steadman's last letter to Thompson, written after the latter's suicide in 2005, is a classic. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A rollicking, no-holds-barred memoir, "The Jokes Over" is the definitive inside story of Hunter S. Thompson and the Gonzo years.
About the Author
RALPH STEADMAN has illustrated many books, including Hunter S. Thompsonand#8217;s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and the fiftieth-anniversary edition of George Orwelland#8217;s Animal Farm. He is the author of The Grapes of Ralph (for which he won a Glenfiddich Food and Drink Award), Still Life with Bottle, The Book of Jones, and Gonzo: The Art.
Table of Contents
LIST OF PLATES
the Kentucky Derby. May 1970
the Americaand#8217;s Cup. September 1970
Fear and Loathing. Summer 1971
Hunter Goes to Washington. 1970and#150;72
Watergate Follies. July 1973
Rumble in the Jungle: Ali v Foreman. 30 October 1974
Fear and Loathing on the Road to Hollywood. 1977
The Filming of Where the Buffalo Roam. 1979
and#145;The eighties, Ralph, are about paying your rent.and#8217; 1980
The Elusive Bloater. 1981
Taxi to the Suburbs. 1981
the fish have gone south. 1981and#150;6
The Year of Wine. 1987
own goals. 1990and#150;94
William Burroughs and#150; An Encounter. 1995
Rifle. March 1996
Visit to Virginia, Hunterand#8217;s Mother. Louisville, 1997
The Red Shark. 2000
Reading Lono Out Loud. 2000
The Last Trip to Woody Creek. 2004
Memo to the Sports Desk. 2006
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