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Now that everybody does what Wolfe did, his early essays smack less of genius. But attention must be paid to this pioneering peek into King Pop's tomb. The most startling thing is how soberly sensible most of the prose now appears, except for the title of the first essay, "Las Vegas (What?) Las Vegas (Can't Hear You! Too Noisy) Las Vegas!!!" which anticipates the far superior Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Mostly, these articles seem like straightforward introductions to some of the signal figures of the early '60s: hot-rod designer Big Daddy Roth, surf guitarist Dick Dale, teen recording tycoon Phil Spector, Andy Warhol debutante Baby Jane Holzer, the Cassius Clay-era Muhammad Ali. We even glimpse the Beatles in a profile of the yappy DJ Murray the K in "The Fifth Beatle."
The last half of the book focuses more on New York and its denizens' endless combat for social status. The last piece, "The Big League Complex," is like a 1964 warm-up exercise for The Bonfire of the Vanities. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Some ok stories, but not Tom Wolfe's best work. Too many so-so tales and writings. Not a first choice for his works.Published 2 months ago by Gary W. Chandler
If you're a Tom Wolfe fan, this is obviously a must-read. The uninitiated can use this as a fine example of New Journalism. Read morePublished 12 months ago by homebeforedaylight
Once upon a time there was something called "The New Journalism", a type of non-fiction that developed during the 1960s among writers as different as Hunter S. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Them
Tom Wolfe captured my admiration with this book and The Painted Word
and I have enjoyed all his books since. Read more
The subject of "Gonzo journalism", a journalistic literary trend started in the 1960s, and its most well-known practitioner, the late Doctor Hunter S. Read morePublished on June 15, 2010 by Alfred Johnson
I can't wait to read it my aunt read it when she was younger may she R.I.PPublished on April 17, 2010 by Monica M. Macdonlad
If you have an interest about our "car culture" and want to know where it sprouted from, this is your book. Maybr Wolfe's best book, right up there with the "Kool Aid Acid Test". Read morePublished on August 13, 2007 by W. J. Wheaton
These essays were the debut of a truly new voice. I not only did not know what to make of most of them when I first read them I really did not understand what the writer was... Read morePublished on November 2, 2004 by Shalom Freedman