ROLLING STONE OFFERS TRIBUTE TO THOMPSON (FOLIO)
Rolling Stone is giving the so-called architect of "gonzo" journalism his post-mortem due. The magazine has devoted the bulk its March 11 issue to the life of Hunter S. Thompson, one of the magazine's most revered and, at times, controversial figurehead writers. The issue has culled over 40 first-person takes on Thompson, including essays by RS editor-in-chief and longtime friend and colleague Jann Wenner, actors Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Jack Nicholson and Sean Penn, former president Jimmy Carter, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, as well as a window into Thompson’s final days by his biographer Douglas Brinkley and letters from Thomson’s wife, Anita, and son, Juan.
Thompson's writing first appeared in Rolling Stone on on October 1, 1970 ("The Battle of Aspen") in an article chronicling his run for the town's sheriff. Perhaps the most famous of Thompson’s Rolling Stone pieces, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” became a book and, later, an instant cult-classic film in 1998, with Depp in the role of Thompson.
Thompson died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Colorado home on February 20. He was 67. Up until his death, Thompson was still very active in journalism, penning a regular sports column for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine.
The issue will hit newsstands tomorrow (March 11).