Hunter thompson for sheriff poster signed
Freak Power - Hunter S. Thompsons Campaign for Sheriff by Daniel Joseph WatkinsHunter S. Thompson came home from the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago disgusted yet motivated by what hed seen: protests violently suppressed, riots, corrupt politicians and abusive cops. Back in Aspen, he found more of the same. The local police and sheriffs departments were targeting hippies, charging them with absurd crimes, harassing them on the streets and trying to push them out of town. He knew something had to be done and he realized it had to be done by people like himself. The hippies, intellectuals, and freaks had remained silent long enough. The time had come to organize and seize political power. Freak Power tells the story of Hunters plan to become Sheriff, take control of Aspen and transform it from a conservative mining town into a mecca for artists, rebels and activists. Through original print material from the campaign, photographs and political art, Freak Power chronicles a little known period in Hunter S. Thompsons life, a period when he wrote prolifically about politics, the environment, drugs and American values. As the conservatives and freaks battled it out, the campaign became fraught with violence, accusations and moments of absurdity that bordered on fiction. As weird a tale as Thompson ever wrote, his own forays into politics may have been his wittiest and most thought-provoking escapade of all.
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He was a self-confessed freak, a maniac, a drug fiend greatly enamored with guns, whiskey, and quantities of hallucinogens that could knock out entire metropolises at a time., Thomas W.
Originally published in At Large Magazine ] H e was a bitch from birth, or so said Virginia, the first woman to suffer Hunter Stockton Thompson, by pushing him complaining and bald into this world in He exited in the same state in , taking a cue from Papa Hemingway and pulling the trigger on his inability to live up to a reputation for drink, drugs, mayhem, and — decades prior — the writing brilliance that secured a place in literary history. Sometimes his rebel and superior attitude seems to rub off on other[s]. Thompson could ride bikes, shoot guns, and swallow drugs on par with any Angel, and his internal bullshit detector guided the story on this gang of romanticized losers. Angels they were not, but any real societal impact was minimal, barring their glamorization as post-War boogeymen.
The poster was designed and created by famed muralist Thomas Hart Benton, who also signed this unique piece! Politically minded, Thompson ran unsuccessfully for sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado in on the Freak Power ticket to which this poster originates. The authenticity can be verified on Professional Sports Authenticator website. USD Add to Wishlist. Description Info. Please refer to photos for condition prior to purchase The poster was designed and created by famed muralist Thomas Hart Benton, who also signed this unique piece!
Entertainment June 19, When: Opening reception Wednesday, June 20, p. More info: aspenhistory. The story of Hunter S. It marks the first time the Historical Society has devoted a show to Thompson, the longtime Woody Creeker and trailblazing writer.