||The myths surrounding notorious gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson began as self-perpetuated ones, then quickly became the stuff of cultural legend. So it is refreshing to see that in GONZO: THE LIFE OF HUNTER S. THOMPSON, Jann S. Wenner (founder of Rolling Stone) and Corey Seymour have judiciously edited interviews from 112 sources to create a more well-rounded portrait of the man. Certainly there are countless stories of Thompson's drug-addled antics and maniacal pranks, but the oral history also travels into darker waters: Thompson's self-doubt, depression, and creative burnout.
||Hailed everywhere as a brilliant biography, GONZO is a startling portrait of Hunter S. Thompson, the genius who spent a lifetime channeling his energy and insight into such landmark works as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas--and revolutionized the art of writing. In their own words, an incredible array of stars--Sonny Barger, Jack Nicholson, Ralph Steadman, Jimmy Buffett, Anjelica Huston, Marilyn Manson, Jimmy Carter, and many more--bring into vivid focus Thompson's creative frenzies, love affairs, drug use, and, ultimately, his tragic suicide. As Thompson was fond of saying, "Buy the ticket, take the ride."||"Gonzo...is no hagiography, and it is in its unflinching look at this singular character in American letters as fearless-if not more so-as anything Thompson ever dared write....The most comprehensive picture of Thompson so far, and...likely the best we'll ever get." --Patrick Beach, Austin American-Statesman||"A fond and exhilarating look back at the wild man of American journalism, put together by a couple of guys who were pretty close to him." --Billy Heller, New York Post