Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Speaking of Rock Stars: Gonzo Remembered

It was in Eugene, Oregon in 1991 I believe, that I saw Hunter S. Thompson and Ken Kesey together at a presentation at the Eugene Hilton. Hunter was very late -- at least an hour -- and came stumbling in drunk. Kesey held the floor on his behalf, telling stories and when Hunter finally arrived the two of them then went on and on in a psychotic harmononic diatribe. It was the kind of thing college kids love. I was no exception. And now they are both gone. I love Thompson and Kesey and all that they will always stand for. San Francisco Gate's Phil Bronstein, in a blog post about the new film, "Gonzo, the Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson," describes the maddening magic with grace: We needed him and his sensibility to help us laugh at those cultural upheavals we could never fully understand -- make them funny, make them interesting, make the perpetrators pay a price for us being so fascinated with them. Hunter avenged our worst instincts and made a sometimes grey world fully Technicolor.

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
--Hunter S. Thompson

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