The Joke's Over

Bruised Memories: Gonzo, Hunter S. Thompson, and Me

By Ralph Steadman
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151012824, 416pp.)

Publication Date: October 2006

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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In the spring of 1970, artist Ralph Steadman went to America in search of work and found more than he bargained for. At the Kentucky Derby he met a former
associate of the Hell’s Angels, one Hunter S. Thompson. Their working relationship resulted in the now-legendary Gonzo Journalism. The Joke’s Over tells of a remarkable collaboration that documented the turbulent years of the civil rights movement, the Nixon years, Watergate, and the many bizarre and great events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century. When Thompson committed suicide in 2005, it was the end of a unique friendship filled with both betrayal and under­standing.

 A rollicking, no-holds-barred memoir, The Joke’s Over is the definitive inside story of the Gonzo years.

About the Author

RALPH STEADMAN has illustrated many books, including Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and the fiftieth-anniversary edition of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. He is the author of The Grapes of Ralph (for which he won a Glenfiddich Food & Drink Award), Still Life with Bottle, The Book of Jones, and Gonzo: The Art.

Praise For The Joke's Over

PRAISE FOR UNTRODDEN GRAPES   "Steadman has traveled to the world's finest wine-making regions and compiled a fabulously entertaining book about his journeys, full of his famously bizarre and amusing art. . . . To that--and to Steadman's wonderful work--we raise a glass." --The Miami Herald   "And surely the unlikeliest travel book of the season is Untrodden Grapes, a volume of illustrations by Ralph Steadman, a book that is pure oxymoron. Mr. Steadman's famously anarchic style of drawing is brought to bear upon a global selection of vineyards. Mr. Steadman is on the trail of gonzo wine."--The New York Times

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