Rock’s Other Gonzo Scribes: Anthologies from Richard Meltzer and Nick Tosches

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The Nick Tosches Reader by Nick Tosches (Da Capo, 593 pages, $18.95) Coming on the heels of Let It Blurt, the recent bio of Lester Bangs by Jim DeRogatis, these two anthologies represent the other two most famous "gonzo" scribes from the golden days of the rock press. A ribald spirit possessed all three of [&hellip
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Hell’s Angel: An Interview with Sonny Barger

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Interview by John Strausbaugh & Don Gilbert Hell’s Angel In 1957, when 18-year-old Ralph "Sonny" Barger and some friends started a Hell’s Angels club in Oakland, CA, they were unaware at first that there were already Hell’s Angels clubs elsewhere in the state. In short order those disparate groups knit together, and though he claims [&hellip
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Evel Knievel, Fragile American Hero

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Evel Knievel, An American Hero by Ace Collins (St. Martins Press, 222 pages, $23.95) It’s difficult to believe that this book was edited, as opposed to merely spellchecked. The narrative reads like paraphrased accounts gleaned from several videotapes and magazine articles, and the few direct quotes in the book are duly credited to their secondary [&hellip
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The Myth of the Ecological Indian

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The Ecological Indian: Myth and History by Shepard Krech III (W.W. Norton, 318 pages, $27.95) Krech argues this image revived the 18th-century notion of the noble savage with an alteration suited to the times: now, Native Americans did not pollute their environment. Indeed, they possessed a peculiarly integrated relationship with their natural environment, marked by [&hellip
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