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Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson (Penguin Modern Classics) von [Thompson, Hunter S.]
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“Hunter was the only twentieth-century equivalent of Mark Twain.” —Tom Wolfe

“Thompson is a genuinely unique figure in American journalism, a superb comic writer and a ferociously outspoken social and political critic.” —Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

“Mr. Thompson, the flamboyant apostle and avatar of gonzo journalism, still exerts a powerful hold on the American psyche. . . . He was first and foremost an original, vivid prose voice.” The New York Times

“Some of the finest political and social writing of our times.” The Seattle Times

“Thompson should be recognized for contributing some of the clearest, most bracing and fearless analysis of the possibilities and failures of American democracy in the past century.” Chicago Tribune

“At his best he has the kind of trenchant, mordant wit of H. L. Mencken and Mark Twain.”Houston Chronicle


A compilation of the subversive, important and entertaining writer of Hunter S. Thompson - renowned American writer of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

'It would not do to be found in the desert under these circumstances: firing wildly into the cactus from a car full of drugs...'

Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone showcases the evolution of the writer of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Hell's Angels, through his work at the magazine that he helped to put on the map. Jann S. Wenner, Hunter Thompson's editor and friend for nearly thirty-five years, has chosen the pieces, including many never collected before. They show how Thompson's Rolling Stone writing, when taken as a whole, forms an extended, allusive autobiography of the writer himself as he pursues his lifelong obsession, the king-hell story of them all: The Death of the American Dream.


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  • Verlag: Penguin (3. November 2011)
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Avoid this HEAVILY EDITED collection 20. Januar 2012
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This book is an utter disgrace. It is far from "The Essential Hunter S. Thompson" as it is heavily edited throughout by Jann Wenner and Paul Scanlon. So what the reader is getting is a chopped and butchered version of Hunter S. Thompson's original articles. We are not even talking about excerpts here, the articles in this collection bear no resemblance to the original writing. For example, Strange Rumblings in Aztlan has the entire first page chopped out, with this new edited version kicking off in the middle of a paragraph. To mask this Wenner and Scanlon have combined two of Thompson's sentences to start off the article. Yeah you read that correctly, the first sentence is a mutated piece of writing thanks to the hand of the editors. Fear and Loathing at The Super Bowl has pages upon pages cut from the original source, leaving an article that is disjointed and all over the place. The entire collection continues in this fashion with only 2-3 articles remaining untouched.

I cannot fathom what Jann Wenner was thinking when he decided to take this approach with Hunter's writing. Thompson would never have tolerated such interference with his work and Wenner knows this only too well. The collection also claims to include letters and memos between the pair but the reality is that you get 50 short letters of little substance, some of which are already published in Fear and Loathing in America. Comparing the two, the reader will also discover that Wenner has edited the letters, as if butchering the articles wasn't enough.

So at the end of the day, this book serves no real purpose. All of this work is already freely available in its original form, as Thompson intended, in both The Great Shark Hunt and The Gonzo Papers Anthology.

So please avoid this disgraceful publication and purchase either of the above books instead. At least you know you will have the original work and not some piece of quackery from Jann Wenner, who should know better and wouldn't have dared pull such a stunt if Hunter was alive.

I'd give this publication 0 out of 5 stars if Amazon would allow me to do so, it is that bad.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Bits and Pieces 21. Juni 2012
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This book is a kind of Hunter Thompson "reader." It contains abridged selections from the years of his association with Rolling Stone. At its best, it presents a "highlight package" assembled by Jann Wenner, containing pieces from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Thompson's 1972 campaign coverage, Watergate, Fear and Loathing in Elko, correspondence between Wenner and Thompson, and other fragments.

As a Thompson fan, of course I always enjoy reading his work. This book, though, by no means substitutes for reading the full length works and full sequences of pieces it is drawn from. If what you're in the mood for is in fact a retrospective cruise through work you're already familiar with, it's enjoyable. If instead you want to read the real Thompson, either for the first time or as a revisiting, then you're better off going to the originals. I do think it's a shame when publishers substitute abridged versions of already relatively short works, encouraging readers to satisfy themselves with less than the real thing. And the real thing is available in individual works.

It's hard not to give a higher rating to anything written by Hunter Thompson, but the fault here is not his, but the very conception of the book.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Edited? Good thing Hunter is no longer with us. 26. Januar 2012
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If Hunter was still with us he would have hogtied and butchered the poor fools responsible for the raping of some of his finer work.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Another Wenner corpse wringing 8. Oktober 2013
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I wish Amazon had a "No stars - comment" rating option. HST's work is strong enough to make this a 5 star book, especially if the pieces are new to the reader, but it's almost entirely a reprinting of work for which RS undoubtedly holds the copyright, and there's very little new, making it a one or two star for an HST fan.

It is a nice collection of some spectacular HST writing, but if you're already a fan, you've probably already read most of it.
There is very little new here, as most of it is RS articles re-published. In fact, it feels most of the book is Fear And Loathing: On The Campaign Trail; if you've read that, you've read much of this book.

Fundamentally, though, this book is troubling for two reasons. One, it is just another bald-faced attempt at wringing more money out of HST's ghost by Mr. Wenner and co -- maybe, _maybe_ if there was any indication in the intro / cover / etc that the profits were being donated to a cause in line with HST's philosophies, that's ok. Otherwise, it's just craven greed. Two, it's another attempt by Mr. Wenner to make himself look better and HST worse... that says a lot when the other guy is, you know, dead. At least, in this version, it's _slightly_ less insulting in its "I'm actually a good guy!" and "HST was a terrible person!" character-assassination efforts, or at least it's not as aggressive in them. I can't shake the feeling that Mr. Wenner is either in denial of, ignorant of, or upset by the notion that HST is a main (the only?) reason RS ever became what it was, instead of just another local-rag newsletter rotting in a pile by the door of Rasputin Records, and his books are an effort to deal with it... and result in an unpleasant experience for the HST-fan reader. In this case, specifically, the "see! He slid over time! See! His new stuff (that I chose) is so much better than his later stuff (that I chose, from a collection of work that was written for a magazine he believed royally mistreated him)!" is particularly contrived. If you're a big fan of HST's work, unless you enjoy feeling stabby, skip this one.

Reading it now, though, does leave two take-away messages: "The more things change, the more they stay the same." I could pull quotes from the campaign-coverage material and publish it today, word for word, about current political events. And, thanks to the inclusion of a few letters by Mr. Wenner, the difference in skill between a hack/non-writer and a true genius with language is -abundantly- clear. I imagine Mr. Wenner included the letters he did to make himself feel better and/or attempt to put himself in a good light, but the jarring difference in authorial skill drives home how talented the good Doctor was, like including Salieri's music on the Amadeus soundtrack: "Wait, this is bland and unremarkable... [ checks CD case ] oh, it's Salieri." So, there's at least that of "new material value," I guess.

Unless you've read -everything- else, the few new letters here aren't worth it. If you've only read Fear and Loathing and are looking for more material, this is a reasonable "best of," but consider looking elsewhere.
5.0 von 5 Sternen YOU HAVE TO GET THIS ONE! 16. Juli 2013
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Oh yes! this is the best collection of Hunters Writings since his Early letters books which is a great companion to this one.

The first Letter book covers personal correspondence and his evolution into what we know as his Gonzo Style.

This book is all the Short and Sweet stories he covered for Rolling Stone along with behind the scenes conversations with his RS handler.

I would go so far as to say this book redeems Hunter once and for all after the list of not so remarkable books written post-Fear and Loathing.

If you only get two of his books make it Fear and Loathing and THIS ONE!
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