HUNTER

HUNTER

The ThamesTV YouTube account keeps unleashing gold from the archives and Show Down At Aspen is no exception. This 25 minute documentary charts Hunter S. Thompson’s 1970 bid to become Sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado on the back of his The Battle of Aspen article the previous year, wherein he engaged in some high quality trolling of the establishment by pledging to tear up the streets, ban policemen carrying firearms, not punish honest dope dealers and change Aspen’s name to ‘Fat City.’ There’s amazing contrasting footage of nude, mescaline-addled hippies and comically straight members of the public, while the Chuck Taylor wearing Thompson is described by the stern-voiced narrator as, “A pot smoking and unusual looking contender for Sheriff”, with his head shaved bald in order to have the right to dismiss his conservative opponent as a long hair. Hi-jinks aside, Thompson took his defeat at the hands of Carrol D. Whitmire and his traditional values badly, with that final ballot leaving him disillusioned, but as documents of a clash of generational attitudes and lifestyles go, this is a triumph, depicting him at a troublemaking, idealistic peak.