Posted by: Nick | July 17, 2008

Make July 18th Hunter S. Thompson Day in Louisville…

Tomorrow, Friday, July 18 is Hunter S. Thompson’s birthday (he would have been 71).  Thompson, the creator of Gonzo journalism, grew up right here in Louisville in the Cherokee Triangle.   Perhaps our city can take some credit in shaping his strange genius.  In celebration of his birthday, here are a few things you can do…

Listen to Hunter S. Thompson talk about Nixon and Football

Head to ear X-tacy at 7pm and listen to Southside, who will be playing from their new album”Southside Lounge” as well as some of Thompson’s favorite songs...

Then go and check out “Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson” at Baxter Ave. Theatres…

From Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) and producer Graydon Carter (Surfwise, The Kid Stays in the Picture) comes a probing look into the uncanny life of national treasure and gonzo journalism inventor Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. A fast moving, wildly entertaining documentary with an iconic soundtrack, the film addresses the major touchstones in Thompson’s life—his intense and ill fated relationship with the Hell’s Angels, his near-successful bid for the office of sheriff in Aspen in 1970, the notorious story behind the landmark Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, his deep involvement in Senator George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign, and much more. Narrated by Johnny Depp.
DAILY SHOWTIMES: 1:20p 4:20p 7:35p 10:05p


And then next week…

  • Coming Thursday July 24, 7pm at 2720 Frankfort Ave
  • The Outlaw Journalist Rock ‘n roll biographer William McKeen gets behind the drinking and the drugs to portray the father of Gonzo journalism as never before. Join us for a discussion of Louisville’s infamous native son Hunter Thompson and McKeen’s newest book, Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson.



    1. Check out our competition to celebrate Hunters birthday over at Totally Gonzo

    2. Woo!

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