HUNTER S. THOMPSON – Lecture At Boulder University, 1977
Of Thompson’s death, the artist Ralph Steadman (a longtime friend and collaborator) said on his website:
“He told me 25 years ago that he would feel real trapped if he didn’t know that he could commit suicide at any moment. I don’t know if that is brave or stupid or what, but it was inevitable. I think that the truth of what rings through all his writing is that he meant what he said. If that is entertainment to you, well, that’s OK. If you think that it enlightened you, well, that’s even better. If you wonder if he’s gone to Heaven or Hell â€” rest assured he will check out them both, find out which one Richard Milhous Nixon went to â€” and go there. He could never stand being bored. But there must be Football too â€” and Peacocks…”
If Thompson could never stand being bored, then this recording is proof positive of that. Speaking his mind and occasionally slurring his words, Thompson plows his way through this gig with fevered aplomb.