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

Steadman, Ralph.

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ISBN 10: 0434016063 / ISBN 13: 9780434016068
Published by William Heinemann, London, 2006
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A Fine tight unread copy in a Fine bright unclipped dust jacket. Steadman was one of the few people who knew Hunter Thompson well enough to experience his Jekyll & Hyde personality over the long haul and come out alive and for the most part undamaged. Steadman writes intimately of the love-hate relationship they had that spanned over 30 years--a relationship that not only fed them creatively but also took its toll on them personally. Steadman is unabashedly candid in their life as co-collaborators that often turned ugly and mean. Bookseller Inventory # 25656

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Title: The Joke's Over. Bruised Memories: Gonzo, ...

Publisher: William Heinemann, London

Publication Date: 2006

Edition: First Printing of the First UK Edition.

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In early 1970, artist Ralph Steadman went to America in search of work and found more than he bargained for. At the Kentucky Derby, he met a former Hell's Angel, one Hunter S. Thompson. Thompson wrote later that "The rest of that day blurs into madness. The rest of that night, too. Steadman was lucky to get out of Louisville without serious injuries, and I was lucky to get out at all." Thus began a thirty-year friendship and a working relationship that gave birth to what became known as Gonzo Journalism.

Few people knew Hunter S. Thompson as well as Ralph Steadman did. This no-holds-barred memoir tells of their unique collaboration, which documented the turbulent years of the civil-rights movement, the Nixon years, and Watergate. When Thompson committed suicide in 2005, it was the end of a friendship that was defined by both betrayal and understanding.

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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"

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