Photos – Highlights – The Hell’s Angels Letters FESTIVAL – A Christmas Bonanza Gift

Above: Grant Goodwine - Hunter on the Coast Highway One of many images at the Canessa Gallery exhibit - one of the best. The festival took us back to where it all began, the letters Hunter wrote FROM a tiny apartment in San Francisco in 1966 and after have returned to their original home in coffeetable book form. Join us as we celebrate. Also, this is the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. And the book that started it all, Hell's Angels,  had it fift...
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“Beatdom”Review in – THE “HELL’S ANGELS” LETTERS

Hunter Thompson Letters book cover
THE HELL’S ANGELS LETTERS: HUNTER S. THOMPSON, MARGARET HARRELL AND THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN CLASSIC – Margaret Harrell 9 x 12 PB ∙ 298 Pgs ∙ $60.00 ∙ ISBN 978-1-60052-167-6 IN COLOR Collaborator: Ron Whitehead Book available to Order HERE Beatdom review by the serious critic and publisher David Wills Finding the truth amidst the Gonzo madness of Hunter Thompson’s life story is not easy. He was an incorrigible self-mythologiser and the books about him tend to incorporate many of h...
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More Gonzo Fest 2019 Photos – at the Frazier

                As my plane was hours late, I missed the Frazier Museum tour the first time round. The next day Rory Feehan returned there with me. With an Irish flare he devoured every detail of the exhibit, as did I. Two of these photos were taken by him. I particularly like the one of us together. As I'd sat in the kitchen right beside that stool many years before, I was glad it was so well reconstructed. A wonderful expe...
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On Location – Gonzo Fest 2018

Author/professor Tim Denevi and I had a delightful time presenting at the Gonzo Fest 2018. The Leo Weekly, Louisville, set up the event in an itinerary: 12-1 p.m. Writing “Hell’s Angels”: Will the Real Hunter S. Thompson Please Stand Up Featuring: Timothy Denevi and Margaret Harrell 1:10-1:50 p.m. Book Signings: Margaret Harrell, Ron Whitehead and Juan Thompson 1:30-2:30 p.m. The Battle of Michigan Avenue: Chicago 1968, HST and Violence Against Journalists Panelists: Michael Lind...
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Keep This Quiet! goes to Village Lights Bookstore

Village Lights Bookstore in Indiana, the official bookstore of the Gonzo Fest this year, is the perfect place for Keep This Quiet! books. And the co-owner has requested that I send copies. This led to a startling discovery. Not only do the owners have a ballet background but they also have a modern dance (Martha Graham) background in these days when most people who teach (or mention) modern call it "contemporary," and it's mixed with jazz. So I was amazed to see that after receiving this note in...
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The Ghosts of Virginia and Hunter S. Thompson roam the city library’s aisles

Gonzo Fest is THIS WEEKEND. I am excited to be in a literary panel, along with Bill McKeen, Ron Whitehead, Juan Thompson, and Rory Feehan -  moderated  by Michael Lindenberger, a journalist on the editorial board of the Dallas Morning News. It will take place in the Louisville library Saturday the 15th at 4:30. Below - anticipating that event -  is an excerpt of an article by Ron Whitehead in Leo Weekly: Fiction is a bridge to the truth that journalism can’t reach. Facts are lies when the...
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Gonzo Today interview: C. A. Seller with Margaret Harrell

Gonzo Today contributor C. A. Seller interviewed me at length, over multiple emails, and then got down to the actual questions, which are included in the final piece. Hats off to him for such work. And there's a fantastic bit of artwork by publisher Clayton Luce that you have to see, whether you read a word. So here's the link: The prepping was a series of emails in which Charlie probed as to what kind of person I was and answered back about himself in kind. That was in addition to actually o...
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Gonzo Fest Photos ’16-’19

Gonzo Fest 2019 was a lavish extravaganza. It just finished, February 20, in coordination with a Year of Hunter S. Thompson in Louisville that included a Frazier Museum exhibit and a Speed Museum exhibit, followed by a day at the Free Public Library, with panels and music. Photos from those events will follow. Meanwhile, here are two photos by Jeffrey Parrish and there is a post of GF 2019 by me photos at the bottom of this page.                  ...
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Gonzo Fest 2014 photo

A late-arriving memory from the Gonzo Fest 2014. Courtesy of Eduardo Ritter yesterday. I like the photo and what it brings up. The one-year anniversary is almost here. How wonderful it was to discover Louisville and make new friends. See others for the first time! Everyone should attend at least one Gonzo Fest. James Mohan, who is also in the photo, lives in Boston and is an old friend from way back when we worked together in Yellowstone Park at Old Faithful in the soda shop a couple of summers....
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