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The Joke's Over : Bruised Memories: Gonzo, Hunter S. Thompson and Me

Steadman, Ralph

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ISBN 10: 0151012822 / ISBN 13: 9780151012824
Published by Harcourt.Inc., 2006
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: The Joke's Over : Bruised Memories: Gonzo, ...

Publisher: Harcourt.Inc.

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st. U.S.Edition

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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 Hell’s Angels, one Hunter S. Thompson. Their working relationship resulted in the now-legendary Gonzo Journalism.  The Joke’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 under­standing.

 A rollicking, no-holds-barred memoir, The Joke’s Over is the definitive inside story of the Gonzo years.

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A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

New York Post Required Reading

"Enormously entertaining."—The Boston Globe

"A pleasant surprise."—The Tampa Tribune

"Bizarre and compelling."— Miami New Times

"A must read."—BookPage

The rollicking, no-holds-barred, definitive inside story of the Gonzo years from legendary artist Ralph Steadman.

"Hunter Thompson’s marvelously deranged illustrator, Ralph Steadman, gives us a terrific memoir with The Joke’s Over . . . Both fitting and touching."—New York Post

"There can be no question that Hunter S. Thompson’s pivotal works would not be the same without the accompanying artworks of his partner Ralph Steadman . . . [Steadman] recalls it all eloquently . . . A vivid, well-written paean to Thompson and, by extension, the character of the American rebel."—The Buffalo News

has illustrated many books, including Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and the fiftieth-anniversary edition of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. He is the author of The Grapes of Ralph (for which he won a Glenfiddich Food & Drink Award), Still Life with Bottle, The Book of Jones, and Gonzo: The Art. He lives in England. Visit

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