Celebrating the Life and Insanity of Hunter S. Thompson
If you could define freedom in three words, it would be Hunter Stockton Thompson. He was a guy who just didn't care about anything except for living life to it's absolute fullest. He didn't operate off of a normal time scale or anything ordinary. Not only was he one of the most free-spirited figures of the twentieth century, he was one of the most prolific writers of the era.
Even to this day he has inspired scores of writers and seekers. Thompson was one who denounced the established norm and instead endorsed the insanity mantra. He had a lifetime deep-seated hatred for President Nixon, only to spend hours in the back of a limo barreling down a New Hampshire highway talking about football with Nixon himself for hours.
Know the Man
July 18th, 1937 was this man's birthday. Ever heard of Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas? Are you ready to take a journey into the savage heart of the American Dream? Today we celebrate his life and all of the wisdom he left us, in the often garbled and enlightened knowledge he passed on.
Hunter S. Thompson has been immortalized for his creation of what he called "Gonzo journalism," that is putting the journalist in the driver's seat of the action, often times becoming the central figure in the narrative.
Many people know of him through the celebrated cult classic, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, starring Johnny Depp as Raoul Duke, the pseudonym for Hunter in his roman à clef, and Benicio Del Toro as Dr. Gonzo. An epic tale that follows the two of them in their dazed journey through Las Vegas, similar to my own bewildered journey through the bright light city. Today America and the world celebrates the wild ride called Hunter S. Thompson's life.
Celebrate the Madness
Thompson's cultural significance warrants an entire biography filled with what he offered to the culture, but alas we'll try to condense a few key points to what made him a cultural icon that still reverberates through this age.
Thompson had a thirst for life, unmatched by most of his contemporaries. He reviled his forerunners before him like good old Timothy Leary and said the counter culture was a failure, all the while being a product of it.
In memoriam of the savage journey of Thompson, iEDM celebrates his contributions to the world of seekers and partiers up to this current age. Thompson had a signature style that he wore from a young age all the way to the end. Like any good public figure, he always had a great pair of sunglasses on hand, paired with the signature Hawaiian shirt and short board shorts. It's all about the style. Thompson was too busy living his crazed adventures to worry about changing up his fashion.
While Johnny Depp was prepping himself for his role in Fear and Loathing, he spent a great deal of time with Hunter in order to learn his mannerisms. Luckily for the movie-going public, he managed to survive his time with Thompson. At one point he was sitting on one of Thompson's furnishings whilst lighting a cigarette; Thompson quickly stopped him as Depp realized he was sitting on a stack of dynamite. Just a typical day for Thompson.
Thompson epitomized the drive to seek the unknown. Experience those flashing lights in a trance-induced state and keep pushing forward to enjoy life to it's fullest. Every step of the way until the very end, Hunter S. Thompson decided the way of the road. Here's to a legend and for continuing his spirit in this modern age.
Happy Birthday to the premiere Gonzo journalist and someone who set the benchmark for just how crazed the party can get.