Fearless and unsparing, the interviews detail some of the most storied episodes of Thompson’s life: a savage beating at the hands of the Hells Angels, talking football with Nixon on the 1972 Campaign Trail (“the only time in 20 years of listening to the treacherous bastard that I knew he wasn’t lying”), and his unlikely run for sheriff of Aspen. Elsewhere, passionate tirades about journalism, culture, guns, drugs, and the law showcase Thompson’s voice at its fiercest.
Arranged chronologically, and prefaced with Anita Thompson’s moving account of her husband’s last years, the interviews present Hunter in all his fractured brilliance and provide an exceptional portrait of his times.
There are a number of people who have come out with books since his death. What I like about this one and the Gonzo Way is that they are him…his own words. What else I like is that it is arranged by someone (Anita) who cares about him, the man…not just Raoul Duke or Lono.
NPR also ran an excerpt form an interview with the Good Doctor about his “Hell’s Angels” experience. Have at it. Here is the link: