Hunter S. Thompson Struck The Right Chord With Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas
Hunter S. Thompson’s depiction of a pair of misfits on an epic drug-fueled lost weekend should be read by any American who wants to understand the state we are in as a nation. Published in 1971, this novel promised us “A Savage Journey to the Heart of The American Dream” — what it delivered was not only an insightful snapshot into America at its post-1960s time but also offered insight on how things could have gone differently for those involved with drugs and politics had they stayed true instead escaping reality through substances like LSD or alcohol.
The passage discusses Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, which portrays a group’s journey across the country during their search for creativity and fulfillment, among other temptations while traveling from Los Angeles.
Fear and Loathing in America is a dark book filled with humor. In 18 months, the country witnessed violence at Woodstock of Altamont festivals and reports from Vietnam about the My Lai massacre–events that had decimated optimism across the nation by 1971. The mood quickly shifted to fear after events such as the Manson family’s Tate-Labianca murders, Jimi Hendrix death, or Janis Joplin’s overdose on heroin ended lives too soon for many fans.
His first assignment was for Rolling Stone magazine: trailing the death of Ruben Salazar, a Mexican-American reporter killed by police officers on August 29th, 1970, during his coverage of the National Chicano Moratorium March against the Vietnam War.
In 1969 when HST had been living out at Woody Creek Colorado – then suddenly sent off with restlessness to Los Angeles after learning about Ruben Salazar’s death from being shot at close range by LASD policeman armed with tear gas grenade fired into the crowd while covering one day rally called “National Chicano Moratorium” (a protest march against the United States.