Synopses & Reviews
?Buy the ticket, take the ride, ? was a favorite slogan of Hunter S. Thompson, and it pretty much defined both his work and his life. Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone showcases the roller-coaster of a career at the magazine that was his literary home. Jann S. Wenner, the outlaw journalist's friend and editor for nearly thirty-five years, has assembled articles that begin with Thompson's infamous run for sheriff of Aspen on the Freak Party ticket in 1970 and end with his final piece on the Bush-Kerry showdown of 2004. In between is Thompson's remarkable coverage of the 1972 presidential campaign ? a miracle of journalism under pressure ? and plenty of attention paid to Richard Nixon, his b?te noire; encounters with Muhammad Ali, Bill Clinton, and the Super Bowl; and a lengthy excerpt from his acknowledged masterpiece, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Woven throughout is selected correspondence between Wenner and Thompson, most of it never before published. It traces the evolution of a personal and professional relationship that helped redefine modern American journalism, and also presents Thompson through a new prism as he pursued his lifelong obsession: The life and death of the American Dream.
Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone showcases the evolution of a writer and a magazine. Jann S. Wenner, Hunter Thompson's editor and friend for nearly thirty-five years, has selected the pieces?including many never collected before?to show Hunter's Rolling Stone writing, when taken as a whole, as an extended, allusive autobiography of the writer himself pursuing his lifelong obsession, the king-hell story of them all: The Death of the American Dream. From Hunter's first piece for Rolling Stone ?the story of his infamous run for sheriff of Aspen in 1970 on the Freak Party platform?to his last piece on the Kerry/Bush showdown in 2004, with plenty of Nixon, Watergate, Vietnam, Muhammad Ali, and Bill Clinton woven in along the way, Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone presents forty-two examples of the best of Hunter's work edited anew, along with never-before-seen selections from the correspondence between Wenner and Thompson. The result is a vital inside glimpse of the rollicking spectacle of a writer at his peak, delivering the work of his career to the editor of the magazine that became his literary home.