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A three-decade retrospective of Ralph Steadman’s caustic, witty, outrageous art, including illustrations from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and the other legendary collaborations with Hunter S. Thompson that spawned "gonzo journalism." Illustrated throughout in color and black-and-white, with an introduction by Hunter S. Thompson.

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Hunter S. Thompson, in his drunken, rambling introduction to this volume of paintings and illustrations, calls Ralph Steadman "the Albert Gore of twentieth century art." It''s hard to imagine a less apt appellation: Steadman''s drawings and paintings are the wild antithesis of the notoriously stiff V.P. His pop art is also the opposite of Warhol''s clean lines and soulless imagery; it screams with pain and nightmare power. While Steadman is best known for his illustrations to Thompson''s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and other works, here his art is given free rein, and works with titles like "Earliest man, full of the sense of his own worth, screaming into the blackness, needing no god but himself..." and "Good time crucifix" combine Steadman''s trademark splattered ink and unfolded figures with collage and sloppy airbrush. Although the text may offend those with no sense of irony (Thompson compares Steadman to artist manqué Adolf Hitler; Steadman relates the story of his first bowel movement), the hyperactive visuals are sure to delight even those who''ve never snorted ether while tripping on pure human adrenochrome. --James DiGiovanna

From Library Journal

From the illustrator who collaborated with Hunter S. Thompson to redefine journalism: a comprehensive compendium.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Ever since British cartoonist Steadman won American fame illustrating Hunter S. Thompson''s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1972), which gave gonzo (meaning, perhaps, sleazy and out of control) to the language, his ferocious art has been called gonzo. This book samples 30 years of it, notably extracting from Steadman''s first work with Thompson, a piece about the Kentucky Derby. Like the others, the Derby pictures are vibrantly ugly, visions of hell on earth. Like George Grosz, the caricaturist of Weimar German corruption, Steadman sees through filth-colored glasses, and the grotesque figures he draws would be repulsive except that they are laughably unaware of their own hideousness. Steadman is aware, though, and angry--so angry that, 10 years ago, he swore off drawing any actual politicians (what he had already done with Nixon''s visage, reprinted here, is devastating); so angry that, in another trademark of his style, he spatters, splashes, and smears ink across his line work. His stuff makes mere political cartooning look like Martha Stewart Living. Ray Olson

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.

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TJP
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Outrageous and a delight
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2020
This artist has a personal style that is unlike any other. The text is provocative too. I especially like the section on pigs since I have also purchased Steadman''s illustrated "Animal Farm".
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1finerdesigner
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Great Book!
Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2016
Fantastic book of art! Whether you''re a fan of Hunter S Thompson or Ralph Steadman, this is still a great coffee table book! It''s DEFINITELY not Monet, LOL! It''s all Gonzo work, minus a few pages of Steadman''s own self promotion. GONZO Art is the work that Ralph Steadman... See more
Fantastic book of art! Whether you''re a fan of Hunter S Thompson or Ralph Steadman, this is still a great coffee table book! It''s DEFINITELY not Monet, LOL! It''s all Gonzo work, minus a few pages of Steadman''s own self promotion. GONZO Art is the work that Ralph Steadman did inspired by or directly for the renowned writer, Hunter S Thompson.
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Jayla A. Bowman
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Recommend it!
Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2018
Amazing book. If you appreciate Ralph’s art I recommend it. Nice size, pretty large, so good for a coffee table book. Great pictures.
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rick from Boston
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A unique artist through the years.
Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2015
This book is a fine overview of Steadman''s unique art. It covers his time as a cartoon artist through the "gonzo" years. The art speaks for itself. I''ve had this book for a while and was lucky enough to see the documentary,"for no good reason". The perfect... See more
This book is a fine overview of Steadman''s unique art. It covers his time as a cartoon artist through the "gonzo" years. The art speaks for itself. I''ve had this book for a while and was lucky enough to see the documentary,"for no good reason". The perfect companion to this book. Ralph has had a brilliant career since the days with Hunter Thompson years and this beautiful book will fill you in on what you might have missed.
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Moderan
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Makes people Ralph
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2000
This is one of the greatest compendiums of contemporary art I own. It has occupied pride-of-place on my coffee table since two hours after it arrived (had to go through it first), which means every visitor to my home sees it immediately upon sitting down. Reactions have... See more
This is one of the greatest compendiums of contemporary art I own. It has occupied pride-of-place on my coffee table since two hours after it arrived (had to go through it first), which means every visitor to my home sees it immediately upon sitting down. Reactions have been mixed-nobody disagrees as to Mr. Steadman''s talent level, though quite a few have wished that he would choose different subjects to skewer with his warped pen. On the other hand, those who have been introduced to the work of this artist and enjoyed it now have the volume in their own homes. Not for the faint of heart, but rewarding to those who look at things slaunchwise through their own dark mirrors of the soul.
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Derek Mogambo
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You Want GONZO?!? BUY THIS BOOK!!!
Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2019
Thanks for 1/2 of what GONZO was all about, Mr. Steadman.

And so much more.
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Chris Hajek
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Tripy, surreal artwork!
Reviewed in the United States on December 8, 2017
Tripy artwork - great companion to "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"!
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Cecelia
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Pure genius.
Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2017
I love love love this book and the art in it. Pure genius.

Even if you don''t agree with every single written statement or every piece of artwork expressed by Ralph Steadman, you can''t deny the genius and the creativity behind every single work exhibited here.
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ANNE R WHITCOMBE
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 16, 2018
Lovely book
Lovely book
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Valeriya Georgieva
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Ralph Steadman is the best illustrator
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 29, 2014
Amazing illustrations! Love it!
Amazing illustrations! Love it!
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Excelente
Reviewed in Spain on September 28, 2019
Un libro excelente
Un libro excelente
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Gonzo
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Increíble libro! La calidad de impresión no deja nada que desear.
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Good service
Reviewed in Australia on June 19, 2019
Easy to order and prompt. Just whats needed in an education. Cheers
Easy to order and prompt. Just whats needed in an education. Cheers
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