Most people may associate Johnny Depp with the 1998 movie, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." But the movie was based on the real deal: the autobiography of Hunter S. Thompson, a writer high on life and drugs, who redefined the landscape of writing, and embodied the term "gonzo journalism." So what was this drug-addled Vegas that Thompson explored in the 1970s? Did he get the city right? How has he influenced local writers today? We explore "Fear and Loathing" in the city itself, 40 years after its first publication in Rolling Stone. Local authors - and one of Thompson's contemporaries - join us for a wild journey through Hunter S. Thompson's Vegas landscape.
Dayvid Figler, attorney and author, "Merry Christmas, Jewboy" Scott Dickensheets, editor, Las Vegas CityLife
Matt O'Brien, author, "Beneath the Neon" and "My Week at the Blue Angel"
My husband, Jim Price, was an avid Hunter Thompson fan in the late 60's and early 70's. He turned me on to the Fear and Loathing series while I was attending Cal State University at San Bernardino. Thompson's accounts of the subculture, especially the Hells Angels and the Hippy drug users continue to entertain us. We still continue to make references to the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas phenomenon, the book and the movie. We liked his cartoon character as Uncle Duke in Doonsberry as well. No doubt, this book influenced our decision to move to Las Vegas in 1975 along with the fact that it was also Jim's hometown and a good job became available. We still quote the book whenever we see something similar happening in real life. We saw the Mint 400 several times. Realizing it was the end of an era. We realized that his gonzo journalism documented a period of history that probably will never attract the same people again. I feel it was an extremely creative period for Las Vegas.Norma Price –Dec 1, 2011 10:44:34 AM