Did you know that famed gonzo journalist, Hunter S Thompson, used to carry around in his shirt pocket a small pet monkey? Damn. I'm jealous. I want a shirt-monkey too. All I got instead is this documentary to watch about the great man himself. It was made in 2006 and lasts for 55 minutes. But then I did get some drugs as well? So fair's fair.
Thompson, Hunter S. - Final 24
- A YO-YO CHILDHOOD: Now it is
pretty safe to say that Hunter's early life in
, was very much like the man himself - it had its ups and downs. At first, Hunter had a very prosperous and conservative life living in this town. He was well-liked, he was well-respected, plus he was able to gain entry into the literary Elite in the process. However, at the age of 14, Hunters father tragically died of a neurological disorder, thus propelling him down a path of creative destruction and a tormented future. Louisville, Kentucky
- THE EARLY YEARS: When Hunter
married his first wife, Sandra, and they both had a son together, called Juan,
he moved his family out of
Louisville, and became a freelance journalist there. Granted, for the first ten years or so, Hunter had a very difficult time making ends meet and defining his writing style. But thankfully he did manage to gauge some notoriety after he wrote a book about the 'Hells Angles'.
- DOODLING WITH DRUGS: Once the
media took notice of Hunters writing talents, in turn Hunter told them all
to 'F*ck off', before commencing on a literary odyssey fuelled by drugs,
alcohol, and chaos. A demonstration
Chicago. A brief tenure as a town sheriff. The Kentucky Derby. Plus the Rolling Stones articles relating to 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'. All of these things, plus many-many more, changed Hunter as a person, inadvertently changing what he wrote in the process. Gonzo journalism in action.
- THE FINAL 24: The last day of
Hunter S Thompson plays out as follows: (6) Hunter and his family spend
some time together in his ranch in
Colorado. (5) He gives his son, Juan, a box of his own valuable possessions. (4) Hunter has an argument with his second wife, Anne, because he points a gun at her whilst drunk. (3) Unable to sleep because of the pain he has in his back and his legs, Hunter wakes up his son and Ben, and they spend until dawn drinking and talking together. (2) As soon as he gets up in the morning, Hunter apologises to Anne for upsetting her before she goes out. (1) He has a drink, he writes 'counselor' upon a typewriter, he calls his wife up on the phone, and Hunter then... BANG!
What am I?
I remember once watching a Jackie Chan documentary which explained that as soon as he managed to escape from the shadow of Bruce Lee, he then had only had one more obstacle to overcome from then on in -- himself -- which he did -- in a manner of speaking.
John will always be the rough and tough wild-west man. Whilst Hunter will always be Gonzo journalist bar none.
Just before Hunter decided to install some extra ventilation within his cranium with the use of a bullet, he wrote a single word upon his typewriter 'counselor'. No. Not 'counsellor'. Which is the proper English spelling of this word. 'Counselor'. The alternative American spelling that implied he needed some help from a trained professional.