Personally, the works of Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson have always intrigued and fascinated me. To get to the core of every story, Thompson lived among his subjects and somehow the line between writer and subject begins to blur. His time with motorcycle club Hell’s Angels showed just that.
Writer and subject become one in Hunter S. Thompson’s works. In his work “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Deprived,” Thompson wrote of the contrived life in the derby. The journalist began to intertwine with the story until he became a central figure in the story itself. He drank, ate, breathed and took anything that his subjects did just to report the story from a perspective that is personal and first hand.
In his book “Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs,” Thompson described what he experienced while he was living with the club. Death’s head patches, motorcycle oil, human grease, crusty Levi’s and many more details litter the pages of the book. Thompson even experienced a stomping from the Hell’s Angels. His photos of outlaws on Harleys give us a peek into what it was like living with the notorious motorcycle club.
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