Fear and Loathing During the Long Hot Summer of 2013

Being forced indoors because of last week’s heat, humidity gave me an opportunity to reshelf and reorganize my CDs; while also providing a chance to listen to and rediscover some CDs I’d forgotten about. One of those forgotten CDs is the audio version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

For the book’s 25th anniversary a standout cast of “counterculture vets and latter-day hipsters,” which included Harry Stanton (narrator), filmmaker Jim Jarmusch (Duke), Buck Henry (desk clerk) and Harry Shearer (police chief) was assembled to record an audio version of the book. 

While the audio version is truer to the book then “Terry Gilliam’s 1998 film version with Johnny Depp,” both versions  pale in comparison to the book.

For those of you who haven’t read the book I highly recommend reading the book first (if for no reason other than Ralph Steadman’s illustrations) and then listen to the audio version.  


Books by Hunter S. Thompson


The Rum Diary: A Novel by Hunter S. Thompson
Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72
The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time
The Curse of Lono
Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the ’80’s
Songs of the Doomed
Screwjack: A Short Story
Better Than Sex: Confessions of a Political Junkie (Gonzo Papers, vol. 4)
The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967 (The Fear and Loathing Letters, Vol. 1)
Fear and Loathing in America : The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist
Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century
Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness Modern History from the Sports Desk


Hunter S. Thompson – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 

Playing Time: 75:53


fear and loathing in las vegas

1. On the Road to Las Vegas (9:38)
2. Strange Medicine in the Desert (7:20)
3. Covering the story… Ugliness and Failure (4:19)
4. A Night on the Town… Drug Frenzy at the Circus-Circus (3:55)
5. Paranoid Terror… A Flashing of Knives and Green Water (8:37)
6. A Savage Invitation from the Police (2:57)
7. AAWW, Mama, Can This Really be the End… Down and Out in Vegas with Amphetamine Psychosis Again (5:03)
8. Another Day, Another Convertible and Another Hotel Full of Cops (2:21)
9. Savage Lucy (10:33)
10. A Terrible Experience with Extremely Dangerous Drugs (2:35)
11. Getting Down to Business… Opening Day of the Drugs Convention (4:01)
12. Breakdown on Paradise Boulevard (7:41)
13. Heavy Duty at the Airport… (1:39)
14. End of the Road… (5:14)


Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas  [Part 1] [Part 2]


 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is available from these Sellers


Fear & Loathing (Book) Fear & Loathing (DVD)
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