The Joke's Over by Ralph Steadman
Bruised Memories: Gonzo, Hunter S. Thompson, and Me

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In the spring of 1970, artist Ralph Steadman went to America in search of work and found more than he bargained for. At the Kentucky Derby he met a former
associate of the Hell’s Angels, one Hunter S. Thompson. Their working relationship resulted in the now-legendary Gonzo Journalism.  The Joke’s Over tells of a remarkable collaboration that documented the turbulent years of the civil rights movement, the Nixon years, Watergate, and the many bizarre and great events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century. When Thompson committed suicide in 2005, it was the end of a unique friendship filled with both betrayal and under­standing.

 A rollicking, no-holds-barred memoir, The Joke’s Over is the definitive inside story of the Gonzo years.
 

About Ralph Steadman

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RALPH STEADMAN has illustrated many books, including Hunter S. Thompsone(tm)s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and the fiftieth-anniversary edition of George Orwelle(tm)s Animal Farm . He is the author of The Grapes of Ralph (for which he won a Glenfiddich Food & Drink Award), Still Life with Bottle, The Book of Jones , and Gonzo: The Art .
 
Published October 2, 2006 by Harcourt. 416 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Comics & Graphic Novels, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Steadman had no share in that copyright, an omission he didn’t notice then but is plenty mad about now (which might explain his dubious claim that “the book was noticed mainly for the drawings”).

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You are doomed!” In Steadman’s view, Thompson treated his young son, Juan, with only slightly more finesse, grabbing him by the ear and twirling him about the room “like an average-sized cat.” And yet, conflicted to the last, Steadman writes, “I saw nothing uncommonly vicious.” It was “as though ...

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In the years that followed, Thompson and Steadman worked on a variety of high-profile projects, including covering the 1972 political conventions and Watergate.

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While Steadman wasn't Thompson's first choice, it soon became clear that Steadman was willing and able to roll with Thompson's pace and idiosyncracies, and that Steadman's garish art was the perfect complement to Thompson's caustic words.

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