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The Gonzo Art of Ralph Steadman

The life and work of Hunter S. Thompson's famed illustrator
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RALPH STEADMAN, Illustration, Proud to be Weirrd
(c) 2013 Ralph Steadman, used under license by AMMOBooks.com

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The black-humored art of Ralph Steadman is forever linked with the outrageous writing of the late Hunter S. Thompson, the dean of gonzo journalism and a longtime contributor to Rolling Stone. Steadman, an English cartoonist and painter, first accompanied his friend to the Kentucky Derby at the end of the Sixties – an assignment that infamously helped Thompson create his unique style of writing, which ran roughshod over any pretense of objectivity and evenhandedness. Steadman, now 77, drew in a slashing, gleefully spattered style rooted invariably in the notion that it's all unremittingly horrible. . . so let's have a drink. His work is collected in the magnificent new book Proud Too Be Weirrd, excerpted here for the first time. James Sullivan

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