HUNTER S. THOMPSON AND ”THE HELL’S ANGELS” AND JOHHNY DEPP READING AN EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK

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HUNTER S. THOMPSON AND ”THE HELL’S ANGELS” AND JOHHNY DEPP READING AN EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK

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JOHNNY DEPP READS FROM “HELL’S ANGELS

In 1966, Hunter S. Thompson launched his career with the publication of Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. The book was the result of Thompson living with the bikers for a year. He drank with them, hung out with them and witnessed both their comradery and their brutality. “I was no longer sure whether I was doing research on the Hell’s Angels or being slowly absorbed by them,” he wrote. He was ultimately seduced by their outlaw mystique and particularly by their passion for motorcycles.

In the video clip above, taken from the documentary Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Johnny Depp reads excerpts from the famed Edge Speech in Hell’s Angels about the joys and terrors of riding a bike recklessly at night.

There was no helmets on those nights, no speed limit, and no cooling it down on the curves. The momentary freedom of the park was like the one unlucky drink that shoves a wavering alcoholic off the wagon.

Thompson’s flirtation with the Hell’s Angels ended abruptly when he called out a biker named Junkie George for engaging in domestic abuse. “Only a punk beats his wife,” he quipped. Junkie took umbrage and proceeded to beat him senseless.

The book, when it came out, similarly didn’t impress the Angels. In the clip below, which aired on Canadian TV, an Angel confronts a surprisingly quiet and twitchy Thompson before a studio audience.

HUNTER S. THOMPSON ABOUT HIS NOVEL “HELL’S ANGELS” AND A HELL’S ANGEL MEMBER 1967 INTERVIEW

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6 responses »

  1. Thanks for all these great stuff. Hunter was a wild man, no doubt. Though, I agree, he was remarkably quite and twitchy in the CBC interview. I suspect he was nervous about getting stomped again . . . this time live on national television. Some of the other links — like the Letterman interview — are priceless. Thanks again.

  2. the angels never stopped moaning about the supposed ‘inaccuracies’ of Hunter’s account, missing the whole point of gonzo/new journalism, blending factual reporting with imaginative writing.

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