Watch This: Animated Video With Hunter S. Thompson Speaking About Hells Angels
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This short video is an animated interview with Hunter S. Thompson, and comes from Studs Terkel Radio Archive. It originally aired on WFMT-FM in Chicago. Thompson speaks about the year he spent riding, living and drinking with the Oakland and San Francisco Chapters of Hells Angels, gathering material for Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga. In the end, he wore out his welcome when he allegedly approached a member about beating his wife, and received a “stomping.”
On dirty bums:
“It takes a while to cultivate that kind of bitterness, where when somebody calls you ‘a dirty bum’ you don’t look in the mirror and think, ‘well maybe I should wash my face,’ you go out and rub scum on you and get dirtier. Then you go back in and punch him and break a bottle and stick it in his gut.”
On the Hells Angels uniform:
“Angels bring out this violence in other people because they are dressed adversely, bearded, long hair, earring in ear perhaps, a swastika helmet or a Confederate flag, which some of the locals would like very much. Something occurred to me. They bring something out.”
This interview is taken from Blank on Blank, a project meant to “preserve and re-imagine the American interview.” The website features rare interviews from famous speakers, each complete with an illustration to go along with the video. More interviews can be found here.