HUNTER S. THOMPSON
DECEMBER 2, 2006 – JANUARY 20, 2007
612 NORTH ALMONT DRIVE
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90069
TEL 310 550 0050
FAX 310 550 0605
“M+B gallery and AMMO Books are pleased to present GONZO, the debut exhibition of photography by famed American author Hunter S. Thompson. The exhibition coincides with the release of Thompson’s final book, of the same name, and chronicles his life through his own photographs and memorabilia.
GONZO began as a personal collaboration with Thompson prior to his untimely death, and has since come to completion with the support of his family and estate. The show will feature many never before seen photographs from Thompson’s personal archive, including shots from his early days as a foreign correspondent in Puerto Rico, living in Big Sur in the 1960s, time on the road with the Hell’s Angels, illuminating self-portraits, and many personal moments with friends and family throughout the years.
GONZO is a visual tour de force that will take you on an incredible journey through the life and times of the legendary writer Hunter S. Thompson. The iconoclastic American author developed his own style of writing that became known as “gonzo journalism”-a completely truthful, but not always factual, hands on method of reporting. With his numerous articles for Rolling Stone and other magazines, his acclaimed books including Hell’s Angels , The Rum Diary , Curse of Lono and the seminal Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas , Thompson influenced generations and established himself as an original and powerful voice in the political and literary world.
Immortalized on film by good friends Johnny Depp (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 1998) and Bill Murray (Where the Buffalo Roam, 1980), Hunter became a cult hero to counter-culture youth, intellectuals and celebrities alike. Notoriously fond of firearms and hallucinogens, Thompson lived in his self-described “heavily fortified compound” in Woody Creek, Colorado. One of his most famous quotes summed up his anarchist and acerbic philosophy on life, “I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.”‘