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Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

July 3, 2008

Let’s dedicate a few days to Oscar “Zeta” Acosta, the legendary Chicano lawyer, activist and writer who became known as a “Robin Hood Chicano Lawyer” of sorts in California during the ’60s and ’70s. He was the real-life model for Hunter S. Thompson’s “Dr. Gonzo.” Gonzo, the film, is about Thompson, but makes references to Acosta since Thompson was influenced by him. Acosta’s first book was Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo. He also penned The Revolt of the Cockroach People. I’ll be posting excerpts from some of his writings over the next few days.

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson is Alex Gibney’s latest documentary. You can listen to an interview with Gibney about the film on NPR’s Talk of the Nation HERE.

the real-life Dr. Gonzo with the real-life Raoul Duke.

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