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On the Cover: Hunter S. Thompson

September 19, 2007 3:36 PM ET

The current issue of Rolling Stone features an excerpt from the oral history Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson by Jann S. Wenner and Corey Seymour, which will be published by Little, Brown on October 31st. Click through our gallery for photos of the writer as a young man (and images of Thompson with the Hells Angels, his boyhood home and more) plus testimonials from those who knew him from the time he was a child in Kentucky through his triumph with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Here's a taste of the story:

Gene McGarr, who lived and worked with Hunter in New York after Hunter was discharged from the Air Force, recounts, "The last thing he did, in November 1957, was to write up a press release describing a riot that took place at Elgin when the enlisted men attacked the women's quarters and the officer's mess -- stole all the booze, got drunk as shit, attacked the women, beat up two officers. It was a very funny and colorful story -- completely fictional, of course -- and he sent a copy of it to the AP and to UPI, left a copy on his captain's desk, then drove like a son of a bitch for the gate."

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