The Joke's Over: Bruised Memories: Gonzo, Hunter S. Thompson, and Me (Signed Copy)

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SKU: 9780151012824whs
List price: $350.00
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Signed Copy?: 






Signed First Printing / First Edition with Smiley Face "2006" Character.

Illustrator Ralph Steadman's spoke at Books & Books on November 10th, 2006. The day before, Steadman brought quills and several pots of ink and - between visits to the irish pub across the street (RIP John Martin's) for some whiskey - he spent the day signing thousands of books for us. Of those thousand signatures, 20 copies were exceptional. 

Of those 20 exceptional copies, booksellers bought half of them (hey, we need some perks!). 

We wrapped and stored the 10 exceptional copies which remained and put them in storage. What makes these signatures exceptional? It wasn't the doodle (he did fifty or so caricatures of Kurt Vonnegut) or the date (he dated more than half of them). It could be the larger size or additional detail he gave to a particular image which made it stand out. It could also be that while signing 3,500 books from 7 different publishers, he only created these images once.

Such is the case with this one, which features his signature and date, as well as a character created from the date. IE, 2006 is written twice; once across the end of his signature, then again to create a face. Not only that, the face is smiling. His creatures tended to gawp, growl, and frown. The smiles were few and far between.


Price: $350.00

Primary Author: 

Steadman, Ralph

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Book Description: 

In the spring of 1970, artist Ralph Steadman went to America in search of work and found more than he bargained for. At the Kentucky Derby he met a former associate of the Hell’s Angels, one Hunter S. Thompson. Their working relationship resulted in the now-legendary Gonzo Journalism. The Joke’s Over tells of a remarkable collaboration that documented the turbulent years of the civil rights movement, the Nixon years, Watergate, and the many bizarre and great events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century. When Thompson committed suicide in 2005, it was the end of a unique friendship filled with both betrayal and under­standing.

A rollicking, no-holds-barred memoir, "The Joke's Over" is the definitive inside story of the Gonzo years.

 A rollicking, no-holds-barred memoir, The Joke’s Over is the definitive inside story of the Gonzo years.