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The Joke's Over : Bruised Memories: Gonzo, Hunter S. Thompson, and Me

By (author) Ralph Steadman

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In the spring of 1970, artist Ralph Steadman went to America in search of work and found more than he bargained for when he met Hunter S. Thompson at the Kentucky Derby. Their remarkable collaboration resulted in the now-legendary Gonzo Journalism, which would document the civil rights movement, the Nixon administration, Watergate, and the many bizarre and great events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century. When Thompson committed suicide in 2005, it was the end of a unique friendship filled with both betrayal and understanding. A rollicking, no-holds-barred memoir, The Joke's Over is the definitive inside story of the Gonzo years.

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  • Paperback | 396 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • 01 Oct 2007
  • Cengage Learning, Inc
  • Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
  • Belmont, CA
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0156032503
  • 9780156032506
  • 320,097

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PRAISE FOR "THE JOKE'S OVER" "Hunter Thompson's marvelously deranged illustrator, Ralph Steadman, gives us a terrific memoir with "The Joke's Over" . . . His testament to Thompson, light on hyperbole, is both fitting and touching."--"New York Post""There can be no question that Hunter S. Thompson's pivotal works would not be the same without the accompanying artworks of his partner Ralph Steadman . . . A vivid, well-written paean to Thompson and, by extension, the character of the American rebel."--"The Buffalo News "

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A "New York Times Book Review" Editor's Choice "New York Post" Required Reading "Enormously entertaining."--"The Boston Globe ""A pleasant surprise."--"The Tampa Tribune " "Bizarre and compelling."--" Miami New Times " "A must read."--"BookPage"" "The rollicking, no-holds-barred, definitive inside story of the Gonzo years from legendary artist Ralph Steadman. "Hunter Thompson's marvelously deranged illustrator, Ralph Steadman, gives us a terrific memoir with "The Joke's Over" . . . Both fitting and touching."--"New York Post " "There can be no question that Hunter S. Thompson's pivotal works would not be the same without the accompanying artworks of his partner Ralph Steadman . . . [Steadman] recalls it all eloquently . . . A vivid, well-written paean to Thompson and, by extension, the character of the American rebel."--"The Buffalo News " RALPH STEADMAN has illustrated many books, including Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and the fiftieth-anniversary edition of George Orwell's "Animal Farm." He is the author of" The Grapes of Ralph" (for which he won a Glenfiddich Food & Drink Award), "Still Life with Bottle," " The Book of Jones," and "Gonzo: The Art." He lives in England. Visit www.RalphSteadman.com.

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