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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; First Edition edition (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599219697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599219691
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,605,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is by far the most thought-provoking and honest look at the late outlaw journalist…HUNTER S. THOMPSON is the most cohesive and comprehensive text yet to be written and is well worth the hours."—Steve Rosen, CurledUp.com "Imagine Hunter Thompson as your landlord . . . as your next door neighbor. Jay Cowan spent several years living just a few yards away from Hunter and lived to tell this tale. With insight and grace, he shows us what Hunter S. Thompson was like off-stage. He also shows how this much-misunderstood man was underestimated as a craftsman. This book brims with madness and affection, not to mention fear and loathing. All gonzo fans will treasure this monumentally entertaining story."—William Mckeen, Author, Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S.Thompson"Just like he loved Hunter, Warren Zevon would have loved this book." —Crystal Zevon

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“This is by far the most thought-provoking and honest look at the late outlaw journalist…HUNTER S. THOMPSON is the most cohesive and comprehensive text yet to be written and is well worth the hours.”

- Steve Rosen, CurledUp.com

"Imagine Hunter Thompson as your landlord . . . as your next door neighbor. Jay Cowan spent several years living just a few yards away from Hunter and lived to tell this tale. With insight and grace, he shows us what Hunter S. Thompson was like off-stage. He also shows how this much-misunderstood man was underestimated as a craftsman. This book brims with madness and affection, not to mention fear and loathing. All gonzo fans will treasure this monumentally entertaining story."
William Mckeen
Author, Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S.Thompson

 



Many would like a ringside seat to the life of Hunter Thompson, but Jay Cowan provides something more:  he puts you in the ring.  Cowan was not merely an observer, but a friend and confidant for over three decades.  Part of this time he actually lived on Thompson’s Colorado compound.  The writing and chemical consumption that made Thompson famous is all here, but so are many moments when Thompson wasn’t playing to his reputation, so that in the end we have an intimate portrait of the man, good and bad, that only Jay Cowan could provide. Were Thompson able to read Hunter S. Thompson, he may not always like it, but he’d have to admit it’s the truth.

 

Scott Lasser

Novelist, Author of "All I Could Get" and "Battle Creek"

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More About the Author

I am the editor at large of the Maggie-award-winning Aspen Sojourner magazine in Aspen, Colorado, and write regularly for a variety of other magazines. A story of mine on James Bond was published in The Best American Travel Writing of 2009. I have received six Harold Hirsch awards for feature magazine writing and a Lowell Thomas Award for ski writing.

My primary website is www.bluetrainink.com. The website for my book "Hunter S. Thompson: An Insiders View of Deranged, Depraved, Drugged Out Brilliance" is www.gonzohst.com.

I've also written a book called The Best of the Alps, a photo-heavy travel guide profiling 11 major summer and winter resorts in five countries.

My ebook In the Land of Living Dangerously: Bali, Borneo and Beyond was released by Monsoon Books in May of 2012 and is available on Amazon, of course, and all the other platforms. It is based on travels to Indonensia and Malaysia over the past six years. It centers around close encounters with erupting vocanoes, high mountains, endangered wildlife, corruption, exotic seas, stunning biodiversity and remarkable culture and people.

The Time of the Heathen Rage is my first novel and was released in July of 2013 as an ebook. It is the first book in The Time of Twisted Love series and is about longtime friends and lovers caught up in the world of international drug and nuclear weapons smuggling. Along with other associates, drug dealers, spooks, spy-masters, sheriffs, ex-cons and mercenaries, their stories become central to one of modern life's almost forgotten issues: how to maintain sanity in the nuclear age. This unlikely crew ends up at the center of a showdown that could destabilize the world. And their complicated pasts, intertwined futures, ongoing lusts and twisted loves have a big impact on the outcome.

The next two books in The Time of Twisted Love series will be released by the end of 2013. The second is entitled The Time of the Gold Snake and is about attempts to manipulate world gold markets from Switzerland to Indonesia. The third is entitled The Time of Chaos and is about terrorism and the threat to global water supplies. Both are completed and being formatted now. Two more books in the series, tentatively titled The Time of Zombies and The Time of Twisted Love, are already outlined and being written. Please stay tuned...

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This is great reading - an interesting book by an excellent author!
S. Sutherland
He was a close friend and confidante and saw Thompson at his best and his worst.
MWS_54
The photos are also worth mentioning as many are previously unpublished.
Rory Feehan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By zg on March 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Many would like a ringside seat to the life of Hunter Thompson, but Jay Cowen provides something more: he puts you in the ring. Cowen was not merely an observer, but a friend and confidant for over three decades. Part of this time he actually lived on Thompson's Colorado compound. The writing and chemical consumption that made Thompson famous are all here, but so are many moments when Thompson wasn't playing to his reputation, so that in the end we have an intimate portrait of the man, good and bad. The book's epigram, from Voltaire, says, "One owes respect to the living: to the dead one owes only the truth." That's exactly what you get here.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rory Feehan on April 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit that when I first heard about this book I was a little apprehensive. The amount of ink spilled over the years on Hunter is extensive. Some of the better titles I have enjoyed immensely and I return to them regularly. I cannot say the same for them all however, with one offender in particular annoying me to the point that I fired it into the rubbish bin because it was the best place for it. I guess I am a tough customer to please. Having read everything on Hunter it really takes something special to stand out from the crowd. Thankfully this offering by Jay Cowan more than passes the test.

So why exactly does this book add anything new to the field? Well for one Jay Cowan had access to Hunter that few can match. Not only was he a close friend but he actually lived for a number of years at Owl Farm in the guest cabin. The detail that Jay provides about life at Owl Farm is immense and it ranges from an almost inventory-like description of the house and surroundings to various stories from over the years. Some of these capture the King of Gonzo in all his glory, holding court amid the madness and frequently trampling the limits of excess to a pulp. This is familiar and expected territory regarding any book on Hunter and here Cowan more than delivers. Yet he also carefully balances the madness with a genuine account of Hunter the Writer, hard at work and dedicated to perfecting his craft. There is an abundance of information regarding not only the process behind Hunter's work but also the advice that he dished out to Jay. Whether it was some wisdom on how Jay could develop as a writer or informing him on how NOT to handle a loaded weapon, Hunter was more than happy to help out.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Margaret A. Harrell on April 15, 2009
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I like this a lot.Interesting, coherent, one-person view from the inside. He lets us know his perspective as well. Margaret A. Harrell, Hell's Angels copyeditor
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GonzoFan on April 29, 2009
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Anyone who has wondered, as most Hunter Thompson fans have, "what it would be like...."
Be careful what you wish for. This is a great look behind the curtain, warts and all, from a writer who posesses considerable skills of his own and knows where the bodies are buried. Or in this case, where the fragments landed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jimbo on April 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have read many, many books on my favorite author, Hunter Stockton Thompson. This book by his close friend and caretaker at Owl Farm is by far the best inside look at Hunter I have ever read. Many of the books cover the same biographical details and can become cumbersome after awhile. This book is a look you couldn't get from too many people other than Ralph Steadman to a degree or perhaps Sheriff Bob or a few others. I recommend this book to everyone who ever wanted to get an inside look at the king of Gonzo journalism.
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