The Joke's Over : Bruised Memories : Gonz, Hunter Thompson and me

Author(s): Ralph Steadman


In spring 1970, the artist Ralph Steadman went to America in search of work and found more than he bargained for. He met an ex-Hell's Angel, called Hunter S. Thompson who had just shaved his head. Their working relationship resulted in Gonzo and a friendship that lasted for more than thirty years. The Joke's Over tells the story of a remarkable collaboration that documented the turbulent years of the Civil Rights movements, the Nixon Years, campaign trails, Watergate and many of the great events that shaped the twentieth century. It is also the story of a friendship and the unique understanding (and betrayals) that existed between them. Few people knew Hunter as well as Ralph Steadman did. In this wonderful memoir, elegaic, bizarre and hilarious, Steadman tells for the first time his story, in words and pictures, of Ralph and Hunter, a great British original on a great American original, Butch and Sundance on acid... First published 2006.


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Ralph Steadman's hilarious and revealing story of his bizarre and crazy relationship with Hunter Thompson.

""The Joke's Over" is a must read for both longtime fans of Thompson, and the curious."

Ralph Steadman is one of the greats of cartooning history, an international cult figure and part of a British tradition that runs from Gillray to Searle. He illustrated Hunter S. Thompson's great classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and is the writer and artist of books ranging from Leonardo (on da Vinci) to The Grapes of Ralph (on wine).

General Fields

  • : 9780434016068
  • : wilhei
  • : wilhei
  • : 0.838
  • : October 2006
  • : 242mm X 161mm X 38mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ralph Steadman
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : 813.54
  • : 416
  • : 24pp b/w photos, c.60 cartoons