by Kyle Morales
Hunter S. Thompson is an American journalist who lived from 1937 to 2005 (age 67). The type of media he used was written. Thompson worked with many different magazines like Rolling Stones, Time, The Nation, Random House, The New York Times, Playboy and many more. During his early career life, Thompson mainly bounced around the country doing freelancing jobs. He published many articles throughout his life. Some famous ones turned into books like ‘Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaws Motorcycle Gangs’, where Thompson followed the Hell’s Angles around for a year. In 1998 ‘Fear and the loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream’ was adapted into a movie starring Johnny Depp. Most of Thompson’s finest work was created from 1964-1974 when he was most active, but continued to write for the rest of his career. In 2005 Thompson committed suicide. Thompson as well as of all of his work that he’s created throughout the years will not be forgotten.
In the ‘70s Thompson was the first to write in what is now called Gonzo Journalism, a style written in first person where the reporter is apart of the narrative, and continued to write in this popular style for the rest of his career. A great example of Gonzo Journalism are ‘Derby Is Decadent and Depraved’, where Thompson wrote more about his experience of watching the horses than of the actual event. This article is the first piece of Gonzo Journalism that Thompson wrote that lead the way for more of this popular writing style to come.
Some controversial acts that Thompson performed throughout his life was that many times he did not take the articles that he was assigned very seriously. As a result he didn’t get paid because he didn’t deliver the stories that the magazine wanted. One time in 1974 he was sent to cover ‘Rumble In The Jungle’, a famous boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, and ended up skipping the match, swam in his hotel’s swimming pool and threw a pound of marijuana into that pool.
Hunter S. Thompson is a famous for creating Gonzo Journalism. Some of Thompson’s most famous work are ‘Fear and the loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream’ and ‘Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaws Motorcycle Gangs’. Gonzo lives on. Kyle K. Mann is a current Gonzo journalist that continues Thompson’s legacy.