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Hunter S. Thompson, in his drunken, rambling introduction to this volume of paintings and illustrations, calls Ralph Steadman "the Albert Gore of twentieth century art." It's hard to imagine a less apt appellation: Steadman's drawings and paintings are the wild antithesis of the notoriously stiff V.P. His pop art is also the opposite of Warhol's clean lines and soulless imagery; it screams with pain and nightmare power. While Steadman is best known for his illustrations to Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and other works, here his art is given free rein, and works with titles like "Earliest man, full of the sense of his own worth, screaming into the blackness, needing no god but himself..." and "Good time crucifix" combine Steadman's trademark splattered ink and unfolded figures with collage and sloppy airbrush. Although the text may offend those with no sense of irony (Thompson compares Steadman to artist manqué Adolf Hitler; Steadman relates the story of his first bowel movement), the hyperactive visuals are sure to delight even those who've never snorted ether while tripping on pure human adrenochrome. --James DiGiovanna

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From the illustrator who collaborated with Hunter S. Thompson to redefine journalism: a comprehensive compendium.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace and Co.; 1 edition (October 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0151003874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0151003877
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Often in the shadow of collaborator Thompson, Steadman here gets to be the star & rightly so even though the good Gonzo doc does show up a few times. He has had other volumes out as well but this seems to be his greatest hits package or something, from various eras. Psychedelic spinning eyeballs, dripping blood, pliticians, decay & newspaper cuttings gloriously meshed together into true revelation. His styles do change & themes do too. He recounts that despite people thinking he was present for the escapades in the great Red Shark in Las Vegas, Ralph says he's never be mad enough to get in a car w/ hunter S. Thompson & also the difference w/ him being English & Hunter being extremely American. Anyway this was on the shelf next to Jean-Michel Basquiat & if anyone's getting art books I would thoroughly recommend both. BAD CRAZINESS!
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Ralph Steadman has proven to be one the most interesting and inventive artists of the late 20th century. He certainly has a cult appeal amongst Hunter Thompson fans, which is how i got turned on to his art. But upon purchasing this book i was truly amazed at how awesome all of his stuff is, this guy is truly inspirational. He has an original style, or at least as original as it gets. His writings and commentaries are funny and interesting as well. The book also has a great intro by Hunter. I'm an artist myself and this book really got my mind and imagination going. Steadman's got such a definitive look and style, which can only be summed up in one word: 'Gonzo'. I love this book and have looked through it many many times. I believe Steadman is one of the best artists living today, and is an inspiration to anyone trying to create something new and different.
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Having had, as many people did, my first taste of Ralph via Hunter S Thompson's books, I found this to be a great introduction to the Hyperactive and frantic style of a dude who is probably my favourite artist. This has a forward by Hunter, gives great colour examples of his works in the realm of Gonzo, and also has many written, poetical works, and songs. My fave piece is 'Stand up and be counted.' IE: The maverick beast will ALWAYS raise his head in the crowd. A perfect definition of Gonzo.
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Ralph Steadman's art is wonderfully dark and twisted. I was first introduced to it when Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas came out (as a movie, not book), and ever since I have always kept an eye out for his work. To find a collection such as this, with awesome pieces of art was a great find. The price is very fair, and they did an excellent job of picking which pieces were included in the book, for all of you Gonzo fan, pick up this book, you will not regret it!
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This book is a fine overview of Steadman's unique art. It covers his time as a cartoon artist through the "gonzo" years. The art speaks for itself. I've had this book for a while and was lucky enough to see the documentary,"for no good reason". The perfect companion to this book. Ralph has had a brilliant career since the days with Hunter Thompson years and this beautiful book will fill you in on what you might have missed.
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"Only for those with true grit, and we were chuck full of that..."
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Being both a fan of Ralph Steadman and Hunter S. Thompson this book was well written, and goes deep into the dark drawings that most can't come close. The minds of these two individuals are bizarre which make it even more enjoyable when these two were together. The art and the words combined are amazing. Ralph Steadman's work is presented very well.
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Ralph steadman's art is second only to Salvador Dahli and M.C. Escher, though they are competely different kinds of art. The best of steadman's cartoons, paintings, coolages, gonzo...stuff..., and anything else he has done is in this book. With a foreword by hunter s. thompson, and many references to the pop culture icon, this book is a must read with anyone for a sense of bizaar art and Thompson fans.
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