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Gonzo [PDF / Epub] ☄ Gonzo By Will Bingley – Over the course of Hunter S Thompson's extraordinary life he was publicly branded a bum a vandal a thief a liar an addict a freak and a psychopath Only some of which are true Even in the 20th century Over the course of Hunter S Thompson's extraordinary life he was publicly branded a bum a vandal a thief a liar an addict a freak and a psychopath Only some of which are true Even in the th century crowded with celebrity his legacy remains a brilliantly vital forceThe great American iconoclast the great American outlaw the great American hedonist However you choose to view him Thompson remains the high water mark for all social commentators the world over and a truly fearless champion of individual libertiesThis is his story the story of a troubled kid from Louisville Kentucky who went on to become an international icon This is a story that charts the legendary heights of so called Gonzo Journalism plumbs the darkest depths of American politics and presents a lifestyle beyond imagination No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind Buy the ticket take the ride.

10 thoughts on “Gonzo

  1. Sam Quixote Sam Quixote says:

    Having read both Fear and Loathing books Las Vegas and On the Campaign Trail `72 and The Rum Diary Hunter S Thompson's legendary life already felt unreal and cartoonish to me just from the antics he gets up to in those books And the hilarious evocative desperate and vivid syntax he used in describing what he did and saw lent his books a surrealist atmosphere amidst the chaos of the timesWhich is why a graphic novel of his life focusing mainly on his glory days in the 60s and 70s was always going to fall short of Thompson's rich description of his own life That said Gonzo isn't that bad It shows Thompson as always the rebel from nearly being arrested as a teen in the 40s to being forever on the road after leaving job after job until he joined Rolling Stone under his own terms of course It shows his work in parallel with the turbulent times the Vietnam War the Kennedy Assassination the Eual Rights movement which all provided backdrops to his books Hell's Angels The Rum Diary and the Fear and Loathing books His own life had plenty of drama from running on the Freak Party ticket as Sherriff of Aspen to run ins with political giants like Richard Nixon The rest of his life the 80s 90s and 00s is dealt with in a few short pages and shows the great writer's decline into the grip of drugs and drink and his inability to once regain the energy and excitement of his most famous books Gonzo is a fine summary of one of the most interesting writers of the 20th century but by no means comprehensive nor does it give the reader an idea of the genius of Hunter Thompson's words For that reason alone I heartily recommend anyone wondering what Thompson was like to pick up Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Rum Diary which do him justice than this slim comic book could achieve

  2. Erin Britton Erin Britton says:

    “I want you to keep in mind that I’d just as soon not be dismissed as some drug addled clown” While this uestion of image and public perception isn’t one that troubles the majority of us it was certainly an issue that plagued Hunter S Thompson By turns described as the great American iconoclast the great American outlaw the great American hedonist and depressingly far less regularly the great American writer Thompson carried for years a justified fear that he had succeeded best in becoming a caricature of himself It’s true that the legend very nearly eclipsed the man Despite his fairly prolific literary and journalistic output Thompson is still even after his relatively uiet final years and untimely death best known for his excesses rather than for his creativity and innovation With Gonzo A Graphic Biography of Hunter S Thompson Will Bingley and Anthony Hope Smith aim to redress this fact by offering an account of Thompson’s life that highlights those achievements and events of which the man himself was most proudAfter a brief introduction Gonzo begins properly with the incident of the mailbox that will be familiar to readers of Thompson’s Kingdom of Fear This act of childhood rebellion and the defiance of authority that followed it were considered by Thompson to be the defining moments of his life the moments in which the chaotic and rebellious pattern of his adulthood was begun What follows is a chronological whistle stop tour through Thompson’s life that takes in all of his newsworthy moments including the launching of his career as a journalist his time in Puerto Rico the fateful visit to the Kentucky Derby his time riding with the Hell’s Angels and hanging out with the Beats his war of words against Nixon his political campaign to be elected Mayor of Aspen and his ultimate arrival at literary success and celebrity statusGonzo is generally well written by Will Bingley although there are many points in the book where greater use of dialogue and text would have been appreciated It is actually a very uick novel to read since it relies very heavy so than the majority of recent real world graphic novels on the illustrations rather than on the written word The majority of the panels are accompanied by only a few words or a sentence This often works well as the art is so good in Gonzo but the book would have been even better if Bingley had added text to explain Thompson’s motivations and actions during many of the key episodes of his life Gonzo aims to be an accurate account of the real Hunter S Thompson rather than a rehash of the myth and so it is a real risk to just let big events play out without discussing what was really inspiring Thompson at the timeBingley has produced a good chronological account of Thompson’s life that helps to clarify all of his toing and froing and to illustrate how he developed as both a writer and as a person It is a generally thorough account although there are a couple of noticeable omissions First the 80s and 90s are only given a page each and although Thompson was certainly not producing his greatest work during his period this is woefully inadeuate It would have been better to have a longer book that detailed Thompson’s despair during those two decades about being trapped in his own image his recycling of old material and also his politics and the highpoints that did occur for example the filming of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas By concentrating on the most productive and ‘entertaining’ period of Thompson’s life Bingley is once again risking writing a biography of Thompson the myth rather than Thompson the man Secondly there are a few important characters from Thompson’s personal life that are either underrepresented in the book or not featured at all most notably Thompson’s second wife Anita and his son JuanDespite or perhaps because of Thompson’s colourful life Anthony Hope Smith has chosen to illustrate Gonzo entirely in black and white and shades of grey Hope Smith has produced an excellent ‘version’ of Thompson that is noticeably different from the Doonesbury persona and the illustrations of Ralph Steadman His Thompson is vital and explosive and even on the uieter panels seems to capture the frantic way in which Thompson lived his life His supporting characters are realistic in the main and their appearance is in keeping with the text although when famous faces for example Bob Dylan appear there is a tendency for them to be in their clichéd or perhaps iconic? outfits and poses which are not always appropriate to their position in Thompson’s life storyThe Foreword by Alan Rinzler is an interesting addition to the book Rinzler was Thompson’s editor for all of his earlier and best books and is at pains to point out that he and Thompson had a professional relationship rather than their being firm friends However Rinzler knew Thompson well which is not to say that he particularly liked him as a person and so can write authoritatively about his work The legacy left by Thompson is a puzzle to Rinzler too “Why isn’t Hunter S Thompson taken seriously? As his editor and literary goad for 35 years over four of his best books I’m sorry to see that the public spectacle of Hunter as the King of Gonzo – a brain addled angry deeply depressed self destructive lout – has prevailed in the popular consciousness while the real story of this ground breaking prose artist and investigative journalist has all but disappeared” This really is a puzzle since when he was on form Thompson really was exceptionally good at what he did Rinzler has justifiably harsh things to say about the originally and worth of Thompson’s later works and it is clear that despite their personality clashes he had great respect for Thompson’s literary talent and so feels disappointed and almost let down by what Thompson allowed himself to become The insight that Rinzler is able to provide into the life and character of Thompson is informative in itself and also serves to illuminatie Thompson’s motivations and self viewGonzo is a great innovative biography of a great innovative man Hunter S Thompson lived a truly extraordinary life and despite the complications that surround his image – whether he is seen as author liar freak bum addict psychopath or visionary – he was one of the most significant figures of 20th century American letters and so in his books and articles has left an immense and important legacy Always remember “No sympathy for the Devil keep that in mind Buy the ticket take the ride”

  3. P. P. says:

    From the introduction I got the idea that this biography was supposed to redeem Thompson's image a little making him of a respected writer and less of a person known for being out of his gourd on drugs but after reading it I think the writer of the introduction was just expressing his inner wishes It's a little rambling

  4. Friz Allen Friz Allen says:

    a concise explanation of HST told in mild first person love black and white graphics love HST and love how tact the whole project is not too over the top and focuses on him as a person a professional writer and as a legend a fun read for HST fans and would also serve as a decent introduction for those unfamiliar

  5. Doctor Moss Doctor Moss says:

    This is than just a graphic biography — the authors have a point to make about Thompson’s life and work It’s often said that his greatest work came early in Hell’s Angels Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and in his articles on politicalcultural topics especially on the 1972 election campaign This book takes a similar view and adds some color on his inability to recreate some of those early great worksThe graphics themselves are clean and well designed to set the mood of Thompson’s hectic scattered and often depressed life The two images that stand out are as on the cover Thompson in full flight to or from somewhere and then in a kind of deflated contemplation reflecting on things around him going in ugly directionsThe text varies between a first person narrative as if Thompson were speaking from the grave in reflection on his life and a present tense presentation of events in their timeAll of Thompson’s life here has a kind of accidental haphazard uality to it The constant is his commitment to journalism His commitment was real and deep but the forms it took went it some odd directions sometimes spectacularly successful but with a costThompson was writing a serious article on the death of journalist Ruben Salazar in a Chicano organized march against the VietNam War at the same time that he was writing the piece on Las Vegas and “the American Dream” He calls the Las Vegas story “a fun thing” “not a factual story but maybe a true one” It seems to have taken precedence over a traditional journalistic focus on events and facts a way to express and show something that couldn’t be shown in specific facts — fiction was a better way to show the truthHe had hit on something and it was a huge success What followed was different and deflating — the election of 1972 Thompson was deeply invested in the McGovern campaign The only way McGovern could win against the monster Nixon was to draw on a new source of votes the young vote impassioned by opposition to the war And Thompson committed himself to helping to make it happenIt didn’t happen And now there was Nixon It was a moral defeat A defeat for the idealism that had survived through the war and the emptiness of the American Dream in VegasIt all seemed to end then Thompson’s wife Sandy left him in 1980 Here in the book the 80s are a blank And in the 90s Thompson’s life has deteriorated — he’s angry frustrated and unproductive He can’t recreate the time or the greatness of Fear and Loathing and for that matter he’s no longer living the life of Hunter Thompson committed political journalist but the life his success almost curely created the anti hero life of Raoul DukeAlan Rinzler Thompson’s editor for some of his best work says in the Foreword to the book “I’m sorry to see the spectacle of Hunter as the King of Gonzo — a brain addled angry deeply depressed self destructive lout — has prevailed in the popular consciousness while the real story of this ground breaking prose artist and investigative journalist has all but disappeared”Rinzler is right and I can’t help but think that some of the blame at least falls on us as Thompson’s readers reveling in the Raoul Duke character and demanding that Thompson be Duke and give us another Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas instead of the guy that wrote uniuely insightful political and cultural commentary We should keep reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas it's truly a great and innovative work but I really wish we had the author of things like his article on Hashbury or his 1972 campaign articles around to help today

  6. A. A. says:

    When I got this book I was rather skeptical about it – partly because there are plenty of not so good attempts to capture Hunter S Thompson's biography partly because I just couldn't imagine a biography presented as a graphic novel – especially a biography of such complex contradicting and rich personality that Thompson wasBut that is a beautiful biographyIt is sincere does not try to idealize him at the same time not demonizing him either gently pointing towards the likely reasons for his life choices yet letting you figure it out for yourself The simple yet powerful graphics add to the strength of the story which is told nicely simply yet capturing various nuances tragic sad and funny – just like Thompson's own writingBy now I can't imagine a better way to tell his life storyThe foreword deserves a separate mention I think it is the best piece I've read about him so far it feels accurate and right precisely because it does not try to idolize him and his writing as well as his addictions describing it as it was the complex person and his tragic fateThis graphic biography is definitely a must read to anyone who wants to get to know the man behind the insane yet beautifully written texts a very strange kind of a genius that Thompson was in my opinion

  7. Mc510 Mc510 says:

    Can't complain about the skill brought to bear on this graphic biography but what I mainly got out of it is that HST was an unpleasant individual with serious personality issues from the get go I was hoping to come away with an appreciation and understanding of him as a skilled writer and insightful cultural observer separate from they gonzo myth but that didn't really come through Perhaps it wasn't really there Two lapses in the storytelling that jumped out at me First no explanation of why he decided to run for Sheriff Second very little shown or explained of his time traveling with the '72 campaign as reported in Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail

  8. Scott Scott says:

    Combining the introduction written by Thompson's former editor Gonzo contrasts a deceptively non Gonzo portrayal of the mythical persona and real life writer Hunter S Thompson I wouldn't call myself a fan of Thompson's but do respect his skills as a writer This graphic novel admirably attempts to show the man and not the legend

  9. Melinda Melinda says:

    It is a wonder I ended up even a smidge normal considering my teenage heroes are Hunter S Thompson Anthony Burgess Anton LaVey and Tank Girl This is a great collection of the real history of Thompson’s life which was often not so glamorous Beautifully illustrated and well written

  10. Patrick McG Patrick McG says:

    If Hunter S Thompson were alive today he'd write a good profile making fun of Jordan Petersen but he'd also be friends with Richard Spencer or something So it's probably good that he's deadThe pictures were good Three stars out of five

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