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The Gonzo Journalist

The hand book for any journalist, especially drunk and wild British ones, is “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” It’s a handbook of bad behavior and a magnificent guide for anyone on the road and contemplating transgression, Hunter S. Thompson had done it all, if anyone should be dead it was him, then in 2005 he killed himself in the kitchen of his Woody Creek home where I had photographed him with a pistol in 1990. Larger than life I first met him in Las Vegas at the Holmes Ali fight in 1980; he was at the bar, cigarette holder in one hand, whiskey in the other. 10 years later I am in his home in Woody Creek, during a 12 hour period that started at 10pm and lasted until 10am the next morning. During that time he drank a quart of Chivas Regal, downed a drug he said was Mandrax, did other stuff I could only guess at, pointed a pistol to my head, threw gasoline on his fire, shot holes in a BMW in his garden and typed. He was no fool when it came to publicity, he said I was free to imbibe in whatever I wished, but if I wanted to stay clean that was not a problem, he knew to get a photographer wasted was a waste of time, he cannot function, get a writer twisted and the prose that spews the following day is magic.

Hunter Thompson Woody Creek Tavern Aspen  1990 Nikon F4  Fuji Provia 400
Hunter Thompson Woody Creek Tavern Aspen 1990 Nikon F4 Fuji Provia 400

Hunter Thompson Woody Creek Tavern Aspen  1990 Nikon F4  Fuji
Hunter Thompson Woody Creek Tavern Aspen 1990 Nikon F4 Fuji

Hunter Thompson Woody Creek Aspen  1990 Nikon F4  Fuji Provia 400
Hunter Thompson Woody Creek Aspen 1990 Nikon F4 Fuji Provia 400

Hunter Thompson Woody Creek Aspen  1990 Nikon F4  Fuji Provia 400
Hunter Thompson Woody Creek Aspen 1990 Nikon F4 Fuji Provia 400

Hunter Thompson Woody Creek Aspen  1990 Nikon F4  Fuji Provia 400
Hunter Thompson Woody Creek Aspen 1990 Nikon F4 Fuji Provia 400

Hunter Thompson Woody Creek Aspen  1990 Nikon F4  Fuji Provia 400
Hunter Thompson Woody Creek Aspen 1990 Nikon F4 Fuji Provia 400

Hunter Thompson Woody Creek Aspen  1990 Nikon F4  Fuji Provia 200
Hunter Thompson Woody Creek Aspen 1990 Nikon F4 Fuji Provia 200

Hunter Thompson Woody Creek Aspen  1990 Nikon F4  Fuji Provia 400
Hunter Thompson Woody Creek Aspen 1990 Nikon F4 Fuji Provia 400

Hunter Thompson Woody Creek Aspen  1990 Nikon F4  Fuji Provia 200
Hunter Thompson Woody Creek Aspen 1990 Nikon F4 Fuji Provia 200

Hunter Thompson Woody Creek Aspen  1990 Nikon F4  Fuji Provia 400
Hunter Thompson Woody Creek Aspen 1990 Nikon F4 Fuji Provia 400

Hunter Thompson Woody Creek Aspen  1990 Nikon F4  Fuji Provia 200
Hunter Thompson Woody Creek Aspen 1990 Nikon F4 Fuji Provia 200

Hunter’s BMW Woody Creek Aspen  1990 Nikon F4  Fuji Provia 400
Hunter’s BMW Woody Creek Aspen 1990 Nikon F4 Fuji Provia 400

Hunter Thompson Woody Creek Aspen  1990 Nikon F4  Fuji Provia 400
Hunter Thompson Woody Creek Aspen 1990 Nikon F4 Fuji Provia 400