From military sportswriter to roving correspondent for the National Observer, from quasi Hell’s Angel to counterculture author and gonzo journalist, Hunter S. Thompson led a life of legend. Hunter S. Thompson: The Glory Years tells the remarkable insider’s story.
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From quasi Hell’s 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 Thompson’s earliest, improbable success to his gradual, heartbreaking decline.
Jay Cowan, who was caretaker on Thompson’s 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 America’s 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 America’s 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 Hell’s Angels, and it meshed perfectly with his desired lifestyle.
Providing extraordinary new insights into the legendary writer’s 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 writer’s 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Featuring previously unpublished color photos, this book provides the most compelling and readable portrait to date of one of America’s most extraordinary personalities.
The true believer. The hopeful romantic. The King of Fun. The last honest man. The guy who always bets his heart and knows it’s wrong but can’t stop himself.
Hunter S. Thompson
* Just like he loved Hunter, Warren Zevon would have loved this book.”
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
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