The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved

The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved

This was a seminal sports article by Hunter S. Thompson on the 1970 Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky, first appearing in an issue of Scanlan's Monthly in June of that year. Though not known at the time, the article marked the first appearance of gonzo journalism, the style that Thompson came to epitomize through the 1970s.

The article's focus is less on the actual race itself—indeed, Thompson and Steadman could not actually see the race from their standpoint—and more on the celebration and depravity that surrounds the event, as well as other events in Louisville (Thompson's home town) in the surrounding days.

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  • Arthur Graham

    Fifty years on, this remains one of the finest pieces of American journalism ever written. Read for yourself here....

  • Evan

    Long before there existed a merchant association's campaign to "Keep Louisville Weird," Hunter S. Thompson was the living embodiment of the concept -- a local boy and the alien spawn of its weirdness,...

  • India

    I've never read anything by Hunter S. Thompson and this was as great a place to start as any. What a madman! I loved this piece and look forward to more. ...

  • Dianne

    People used to read interesting, informative sometimes funny magazine articles. This is one of those articles written by a famous witty writer. What I found out about this famous horse race besides th...

  • Jerrica

    Not sure why this is listed as 222 pages on Goodreads when it would probably come out to 25-30.In typical Thompson style, laugh-out-loud hilarious with sharp social commentary, especially funny when I...

  • Matthew

    Next year, when spring is in glorious bloom and mid-May comes around on Derby weekend, do yourself the favor of downloading or otherwise locating the audiobook version of this "Rolling Stone" magazine...

  • Daniel

    Quintessential Hunter S Thompson gonzo journalism. What I find so interesting about this style of writing is it's hard to tell what's real or not because it all seems so real. He apparently submitted ...

  • Shanwar Badr

    Anticlimactic by today's standards but an entertaining article nonetheless. Hunter S. Thompson is the quintessential outsider who loves to make himself the quintessential insider. In his eyes, the Ken...

  • lexandrasomething

    I absolutely loved this. It’s wild and “different” which makes it beautiful! I love the imagery he helps us visualize. The language is in such a way that even you know when it’s all supposed t...

  • D?iugas Babenskas

    Perhaps when you’ve lived your life staring down the American Dream and unflinchingly seeing it for the twisted, scabrous thing it is, or can become, then maybe you let a part of it into you. The ab...