Songs of the Doomed: More Notes on the Death of the American Dream (Gonzo Papers, Volume 3)

By Hunter S. Thompson

First released in 1990, Songs of the Doomed is again in print -- by means of renowned call for! during this 3rd and such a lot impressive quantity of the Gonzo Papers, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson recollects excessive and hideous moments in his thirty years within the Passing Lane -- and not anyone is secure from his hilarious, remarkably astute social commentary.

With Thompson's trademark perception and fervour concerning the kingdom of yank politics and tradition, Songs of the Doomed charts the lengthy, unusual journey from Kennedy to Quayle in Thompson's freewheeling, inimitable type. Spanning 4 a long time -- 1950 to 1990 -- Thompson is on the most sensible of his shape whereas fleeing long island for Puerto Rico, driving with the Hell's Angels, investigating Las Vegas sleaze, grappling with the "Dukakis problem," and at last, detailing his notorious way of life bust, trial files, and Fourth modification conflict with the legislation. those stories -- usually sleazy, brutal, and crude -- are just the end of what Jack Nicholson known as "the such a lot baffling human iceberg of our time."

Songs of the Doomed is classic Thompson -- a super, brazen, bawdy compilation of the best sound bites of Gonzo journalism from the prior thirty years.


From Publishers Weekly
This 3rd installment of the Gonzo Papers is a chronologically prepared collection of tales, letters, journals and reporting, permitting readers to work out how Thompson's model of "new journalism" has advanced through the years. (Nov.)

Washington put up publication global Songs of the Doomed permits us to trace Thompson's evolution as a author, and accordingly the evolution of the shape he performed this type of significant function in creating.

Tom Wolfe There are just adjectives writers care approximately anymore..."brilliant" and "outrageous"...and Hunter Thompson has a freehold on either one of them.

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Holy shit,” Sala stored announcing, “this could be the finish people. ” once we got here to the paved highway, Yeamon pulled over and allow us to go. We stopped a couple of yards sooner than him and that i known as again. “Come on, damnit! Let’s get out of the following. ” the opposite automobiles got here up beside him and that i observed him throw up his palms as though he’d been hit. He jumped off the scooter, letting it fall, and grabbed at a guy whose head used to be outdoors the window. nearly on the comparable second I observed the police force up. 4 of them leaped out of a bit blue Volkswagen, waving their billyclubs. The Puerto Ricans cheered wildly and scrambled out in their vehicles. i used to be tempted to run, yet we have been immediately surrounded. one of many law enforcement officials ran as much as Yeamon and driven him backward. “What is it? ” he shouted. “What are you attempting to do? ” while, either doorways of the Fiat have been jerked open and Sala and that i have been pulled out. i attempted to damage unfastened, yet a number of humans have been conserving my fingers. someplace beside me i'll listen Yeamon asserting persistently: “Well the guy spit on me, good the guy spit on me. . . . ” all at once each person stopped shouting and the scene boiled all the way down to an issue among Yeamon, the chief, and what the cop accountable. no one used to be keeping me now, so I moved as much as listen what used to be occurring. “Look,” Yeamon was once announcing. “I paid the opposite bills—what makes him imagine I won’t pay this one? ” the executive stated whatever approximately under the influence of alcohol, conceited Yankees. earlier than Yeamon may possibly answer, one of many law enforcement officials stepped up in the back of him and slammed him at the shoulder along with his billy. He shouted with ache and lurched to 1 facet, onto one of many males who had come after us within the vehicles. the guy swung wildly with a lager bottle, hitting him within the ribs. the very last thing I observed prior to I went down used to be Yeamon’s savage rush at the guy with the bottle. I heard numerous swacks of bone opposed to bone, after which, out of the nook of my eye, I observed anything coming at my head. I ducked simply in time to take the most strength of the blow on my again. It knocked the wind out of me and that i misplaced my stability. Sala used to be screaming someplace above me and that i was once thrashing round on my again, attempting to keep away from the toes that have been pounding me like hammers. I lined my head with my fingers and lashed out with my ft, however the lousy hammering persisted. there has been no longer a lot ache, yet even in the course of the numbness I knew they have been hurting me and that i was once without warning convinced i used to be going to die. i used to be nonetheless unsleeping, and the information that i used to be being kicked to demise in a Puerto Rican jungle for no cause in any respect stuffed me with such terror that i started to scream like an animal. ultimately, simply as i presumed i used to be passing out, I felt myself being shoved right into a automobile. III i used to be half-unconscious through the journey, and while the automobile eventually stopped I seemed out and observed ten or fifteen Puerto Ricans collected at the sidewalk. I knew I couldn’t stand one other beating; after they attempted to haul me out I clung desperately to the again of the seat till one of many police officers hit me at the arm with a billy. To my shock, the gang made no stream to assault us.

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