21 Images Of Hunter S. Thompson, The Gonzo Writer Too Weird For This Planet

Published October 11, 2021
Updated January 4, 2022

Booze, bullets, and Bill Murray: enjoy these engrossing photos of counterculture icon Hunter S. Thompson, the father of gonzo journalism.

Born in 1937 in Louisville, Kentucky, Hunter Stockton Thompson went from a rocky childhood and an itinerant young adulthood to a workmanlike writing career fueled in part by a seemingly endless capacity for drugs and audacious behavior.

His trademark reporting style became what’s now called gonzo journalism, in which he made himself a central character in his own stories. And a character he was: his stories often centered on his panache for excessive consumption while surveying America’s political and cultural landscape in a way that no one had before.

Below, we look at 21 photos of the revered counterculture icon:

Hunter S Thompson Writing By The Water
Penton Motorcycle
Hunter S Thompson Oscar Zeta Acosta
21 Images Of Hunter S. Thompson, The Gonzo Writer Too Weird For This Planet
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For more of Hunter S. Thompson's antics, watch this video of him getting into a gun battle with his neighbor in Aspen, Colorado over livestock intruding on his ranch:

And check out the video below of Hunter S. Thompson's funeral, where his ashes were shot out of a cannon by Johnny Depp:

If you enjoyed this gallery of Hunter S. Thompson's life, check out our other posts on Freddy Mercury's larger-than-life career and Salvador Dali being Salvador Dali.

Alexander is a Brooklyn-based cofounder of All That's Interesting with an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in History and Economics and an MSc from the School of Oriental and African Studies in Economics. He specializes in American history, the Cold War, and true crime.