William McKeen, ‘Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson’

Outlaw JournalistGonzo Journalism. Fear and loathing. Freak power. These are the phrases and concepts enshrined in the mythos surrounding one the most iconoclastic authors of the last 50 years, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. Since his death in 2005, a series of memoirs authored by his friends and cohorts have given us a glimpse in to the progenitor of Gonzo in all of its forms. Ralph Steadman, a British artist and Thompson collaborator for over 40 years, gave us his perspective in The Joke’s Over. Corey Seymour and Jann Wenner, co-founder and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine, spent years collecting interviews for the oral biography, Gonzo. But when it comes to a subject as complex as Thompson, there is, like Jello, always room for more. McKeen has added to Thompson’s legacy with Outlaw Journalist, a scholarly yet culturally relevant look at the literary legacy of an absolute legend. Brutally honest, McKeen rips into the truth behind the drinking and drugs that typified the public version of Thompson to explore what made him the personification of an era and, to so many, the anti-Nixon. While much of the information explored is covered in other memoirs, the perspective is not. Outlaw Journalist serves as the next step on a journey to understand a man who defies understanding, a journey that will continue as long as the writing of Hunter S. Thompson is relevant to the world.

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