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Hunter S. Thompson Gonzo Journalist

Updated on June 4, 2014

Remembering Dr. Gonzo

This squidoo lens highlights the creative genius of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.  Get to know the good doctor better with articles, hunter thompson quotes, biographies, photos, videos and artwork.

"The music business is a long shallow money trench, a plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs. And there is also a negative side."

HST Self Portrait

HST Self Portrait
HST Self Portrait

Hunter Thompson Memorable Quotes

If you're going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you're going to be locked up.

In a closed society where everybody's guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.

That was always the difference between Muhammad Ali and the rest of us. He came, he saw, and if he didn't entirely conquer - he came as close as anybody we are likely to see in the lifetime of this doomed generation.

The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

Hunter Stockton Thompson by DSTRBO

Fear and Loathing graphic design prints and apparel for men and women.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Movie Trailer and Clips

In this 1998 movie directed by Terry Gilliam, Johnny Depp plays Hunter S Thompson and Benicio Del Toro plays his lawyer and partner in crime.

The big-screen version of Hunter S. Thompson's seminal psychedelic classic about his road trip across Western America as he and his large Samoan lawyer searched desperately for the "American dream"... they were helped in large part by the huge amount of drugs and alcohol kept in their convertible, The Red Shark.

Hunter S. Thompson Quotes

More Recent Quotes from 2003

'Extreme behavior in Aspen,' Feb. 3, 2003

"We are turning into a nation of whimpering slaves to Fear -- fear of war, fear of poverty, fear of random terrorism, fear of getting down-sized or fired because of the plunging economy, fear of getting evicted for bad debts, or suddenly getting locked up in a military detention camp on vague charges of being a Terrorist sympathizer."

`Love in a Time of War,' March 31, 2003

"It is hard to ignore the prima facie dumbness that got us bogged down in this nasty war in the first place. This is not going to be like Daddy's War, old sport. He actually won, and he still got run out of the White House nine months later.. . The whole thing sucks. It was wrong from the start, and it is getting wronger by the hour."

`A Sad Week in America,' April 10, 2003

"Three journalists have died in Baghdad. . . American troops are killing journalists in a profoundly foreign country, under cover of a war being fought for savage, greed-crazed reasons that most of them couldn't explain or even understand."

"What the hell is going on here? How could this once-proud nation have changed so much, so drastically, in only a little more than two years. In what seems like the blink of an eye, this George Bush has brought us from a prosperous nation at peace to a broke nation at war."

`Big Darkness,' July 22, 2003

"But wow! This goofy child president we have on our hands now. He is demonstrably a fool and a failure, and this is only the summer of '03. The American nation is in the worst condition I can remember in my lifetime, and our prospects for the immediate future are even worse. . . The Bush family must be very proud of themselves today, but I am not. Big Darkness, soon come. Take my word for it."

`The Nation's Capital,' July 29, 2003

"The utter collapse of this Profoundly criminal Bush conspiracy will come none too soon for people like me. . . The massive plundering of the U.S. Treasury and all its resources has been almost on a scale that is criminally insane, and has literally destroyed the lives of millions of American people and American families. Exactly. You and me, sport -- we are the ones who are going to suffer, and suffer massively. This is going to be just like the Book of Revelation said it was going to be -- the end of the world as we knew it."

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Designer "It Never Got Weird Enough for Me"

Hunter S. Thompson Tribute T-Shirts and Gifts.

Where the Buffalo Roam - Fan Movie Trailer

Did you know there was another movie based on the Hunter S Thompson book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas? In 1980 Bill Murray played hunter in the film Where the Buffalo Roam. Check him out in this fan made trailer.

Hunter Thompson DVDs

Where the Buffalo Roam
Where the Buffalo Roam

Bill Murray is in his early-career, shambling glory as Hunter S. Thompson, the gonzo journalist with a fondness for Wild Turkey and firearms.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (The Criterion Collection)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (The Criterion Collection)

I love The Criterion Collection. This series has consistently produced the finest DVDs I've seen, with the richest and most detailed bonus materials, geared towards film lovers and even filmmakers.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas [Blu-ray]
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas [Blu-ray]

On a business trip to Las Vegas, renegade journalist Raoul Duke and his friend Dr. Gonzo must resort to the unthinkable and try to act normally - now in stunning Blue Ray HD.

Hunter S Thompson Aviators
Hunter S Thompson Aviators

Hunter was knowns for his iconic fishing hat, cigarette holder

and cool aviator sunglasses.

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HST FIshing Hat

MG Men's Brushed Cotton Twill Aussie Side Snap Chin Cord Hat
MG Men's Brushed Cotton Twill Aussie Side Snap Chin Cord Hat

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HST Documentary DVD

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

Oscar winning director Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and Taxi to the Dark Side) presents a probing look into the uncanny life of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson inventor of gonzo journalism and author of the landmark Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Accompanied by an iconic soundtrack, this fast moving, wildly entertaining film addresses the major touchstones in Thompson s life from his intense and ill fated relationship with the Hell s Angels to his deep involvement in Senator George McGovern s 1972 presidential election.


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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Cool...interesting content...

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      Salsa Dancing 4 years ago

      Rest in peace!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Amazing and different lens.

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      kerkiralove 5 years ago

      What an interesting character! You have put a lot of passion in this lens.

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      laurar128 5 years ago

      Excellent quotes - thanks!

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      I am learning about Hunter through Johnny Depp who has done so much to keep his works alive. He seems to have been one of a kind.

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      jaredtheleo 5 years ago

      Nice lens. You should consider adding a module about "The Rum Diaries".

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      BobThompson1 5 years ago

      As a bit of an author myself, I especially like this from Hunter: "The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over."

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      brynimagire 5 years ago

      Great information ! cool lens !

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      howtotextagirlyoulike 5 years ago

      Johnny dep is amazing in fear and loathing in los vagas!. great movie.

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      JimH 6 years ago

      I've been reading Hunters stuff since he first appeared in Rolling Stone way back in the day and just love it, with Ralph Steadman's illustrations it was a match made in some kind of wacky alternative heaven. Things continue to get stranger and I wish he was still around to help put it all in perspective.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wish Hunter could've been around to get weirder.

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      punkgrinder 6 years ago

      A wacky genius, Love the Lens, thanks and thumbs up!

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      filmic 6 years ago

      Got to love the Doc! Too weird to live - too rare to die. I'd love to be at an Acid Test with Kesey and Thompson...Yeah, Great lens!

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      goldenrulecomics 6 years ago

      One of the all-time greats from the 1960s-1970s era. In later years he lost some momentum but was always entertaining.

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      Bellezza-Decor 6 years ago from Canada

      Hunter would have lots to say if he was alive today. Even he would be mortified, as I am. Never mind, "we live in interesting times"; we live in dangerous times, all of us, unfortunately most are just too dumbed down to know it.

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      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      This brought back happy memories - I read Fear and Loathing in 1980. I see you haven't had any comments for a while, so here's one complete with Angel Blessings for a great lens and lensrolled to my lenses Complaining can be Fun and Should Drugs be Decriminalized?

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      MagpieNest 7 years ago

      I remember being lent F&L at Uni. Somehow I haven't seen the film even though it has Johnny Depp in it. I don't understand how this has happened. Must remedy it at once!

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      polymathlv lm 7 years ago

      I've never been able to properly express myself in this climate

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      Zen Automat 7 years ago

      I loved reading Thompson, must have read Fear and Loathing On The Campaign Trail five times in the early 70's.. thanks for the lens

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      LabKittyDesign 7 years ago

      And that, I think, was the handleâthat sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didnât need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fightingâon our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave ....

      So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark âthat place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.

      Strange to see that odd moment of clarity in HST...

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      When the goin gets wierd, The Wierd turn pro.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Too weird to live, Too rare to die..

      R.I.P Hunter S. Thompson..

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      If he were around I would gnaw on his head cuz it never got weird enough. rest in peace you sorry son of a bitch, hunter.

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      RolandTumble 9 years ago

      Well done! Dr. Gonzo is one of my heroes. 5*

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Are any of us daring enough to do it? [in reply to jag]

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      Aika 9 years ago

      Well done lens about Dr. Gonzo. Keep it up!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      it seems hunter only raises poetical and mostly argumental answers!!! cant we all do that????

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      LasVegasRealtor 9 years ago

      Very nice job on this lenses on the Dr. Gonzo

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      Recession Proof2 9 years ago

      Bad ass lens! Hunter S. Thompson was an American icon. Thanks for building this lens. 5* ~Jesse

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      For those of you looking for the perfect Halloween add on, I found this item on ebay

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      For those of you looking for the perfect Halloween add on, I found this item on ebay

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Re "Gonzo: the Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson"; saw it in Eugene and Corvallis, Ore three times spanning a couple of weeks and dug the shit out of it....scored a full-size poster from the Bijou Theatre in Eugene and a couple of card-stock mid-size posters from the Darkside Cinema in Corvallis; recently read McKeen's new book, "Gonzo, Outlaw Journalist" and the University Press of Mississippi "Conversations" book (both purchased new at Powell's in Porland and just can't get enuf.....the legend lives and grows

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      holy poop thats my arm up there... :D

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      alicesy 9 years ago

      Excellent Lens. I like the quality insight you have provided here about Hunter S. Thompson Gonzo Journalist. Keep up the good work.

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      check out Totally Gonzo for all the latest news on Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. Chat to your fellow Gonzo fans in our forum.

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      Recession Proof2 9 years ago

      These are all valid questions:

      "Jesus! Did I say that? Or just think it? Was I talking? Did they hear me?"

      Cool lens. ~Jesse

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      all i have to say is how spot on dr.Gonzo is on Bush...

      well said and at least your at peace now.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      I am using the grafics for a tat as well!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      long live gonzo. rip hst. thanx for giving me a better base picture for a stylized gonzo fist tattoo

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      davewashere 10 years ago

      Fantastic lens. RIP Dr. Thompson