Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the auto-biography of Hunter S. Thompson starring Johnny Depp, was the tie that brought the two individualists together. Now, Johnny has come to Aspen, Colorado to attend a private party to celebrate the life of writer-journalist Thompson who committed suicide on February 20 at 67.
The following excerpts are provided by the BBC News UK edition:
At the doorway [Hotel Jerome] was a sign reading “Thompson for Sheriff”, a reference to his failed bid for office in 1970.
It was reported he ran his election campaign from the bar at the Hotel Jerome.
Thompson was considered one of the most important political writers of the 20th Century and pioneered “gonzo journalism” – which includes much of the writer’s personal views and shuns objectivity.
Among his seminal works were Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, published in 1972, and The Great Shark Hunt in 1979.
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