HUNTER S. THOMPSON – Lecture At Boulder University, breast 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 — rest assured he will check out them both, find out which one Richard Milhous Nixon went to — and go there. He could never stand being bored. But there must be Football too — 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.

Hunter S. Thompson – Lecture At Boulder University, 1977 (ZIP file)

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793 Responses to HUNTER S. THOMPSON

  1. Jude says:

    once HST spoke at my school around 1990, (Marquette University– a jesuit institution, mind you). his opening salvo was to inquire to us: [parahrasing] “by a show of hands… who thinks we should tie George H. W. Bush to the bumper of a moving vehicle, and drag him up and down Wisconsin Avenue?” The performance was cut short soon thereafter.

    The next day, the college republicans tried to have him arrested for “threatening bodily harm to the President”. It never materialized though.

    True story. Still hilarious.

  2. bill p says:

    Just and official welcome back to the ghost of Post Punk Junk. Thanks

  3. Archie G says:

    Hey thanks for the great post of Hunter at Boulder 1977. This guy was so cool. He was an American that said whatever he wanted, and truly used his freedoms. I wish more would do the same.

    Maybe his spirit will be reincarnated in each of us now that he is gone.

    Thanks for putting this out there for us too.

    stay cool

  4. Monkeyfister says:

    Thank you for this wonderful dose of the Good Doc. I miss his presence on this earth daily.

    His words motivate me more than the threat of the leeches ever could.


  5. Mo says:

    Loved this guy. Even met him once in London briefly.
    He made subjects such as politics, american dream, drug abusing, and the joy of living a full life. He can be disciplined or he can be a total maniac livin just for that moment, and not worrying about serious topics.

    His talent was whatever he wrote he made everyone read it and get something out from it. Simple and prutal, no fooling aroun straight “living and experiencing the moment, with optimism”.

    Everyone loved him. All the early Rolling Stone articles must be republished!


  6. Arvo says:

    thanks for this! I’m itching to hear it!

    Hunter Thompson was great. Even in high school he stole a case of beer from the school somehow and pelted a portion of the bottles through the principle’s window. He was an intelligent, ballsy, wild man, and that mixture never happens with good measure. There’s never going to be anyone even close to that again.