Writer. Rebel. Freak. Hunter S. Thompson possessed one of the finest minds and the loudest voices of his generation.
Aside from his eccentric and gargantuan personality, the journalist is perhaps best remembered for writing Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas – a hooligan’s guide to taking narcotics in the glittering bowels of America, that cemented him as the lionhearted, acid-spitting architect of gonzo journalism.
Through the drugs, the attitude and the excess, Hunter S. Thompson is arguably the greatest rock star who never recorded a note. So, it’s no surprise a counter culture titan of his magnitude left an imprint in rock music that can still be felt today.
The likes of Keith Richards and Johnny Depp fraternised with him (more on that later), while bands such as Bring Me The Horizon, Avenged Sevenfold and Panic! At The Disco borrowed from his visceral and emotive writing. Although it would be impossible and inane to index the full impact HST had on music, we’ll instead embark on a savage sightseeing journey through our favourite Hunter S. Thompson references in rock – from the deeply morbid to the out-and-out absurd.
Oh, and please prepare yourself for the most ridiculous rock star story you’ll read today, towards the end of this expedition…