Hunter S. Thompson may be most widely known for his book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which, like the man himself, has a cult following. Perhaps also, The Rum Diary which has garnered a fair amount of attention. Why do they come to most people’s minds when you mutter the titles? Because they were adapted to film and, with the likes of Johnny Depp playing the main role in both, they have become more widely known.

In Thompson’s book, Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga, Thompson writes about his time spent hanging with the Hell’s Angels of Oakland. The book offers a brutal and at times uncomfortable insight into the daily life of one of the country’s oldest MCs and Hunter’s relationship with the members. I have no doubt Mr. Depp would be a shoo-in for the role of Thompson in this film adaptation as well.

  • azicat

    Telemovies, documentary, or direct distribution flicks to arthouse and niche audiences, perhaps; but I doubt they have enough appeal to mass cinema audience without some narrative embellishment. A lot of these books are in the biographical or travel journal form, and lack the protagonist/antagonist figures and sensationalist appeal so loved by Hollywood these days.

    • BMelPel

      See Deryl Clark above. “Stealing Speed.” That’s a story! And a true one. And one with multi-dimensional real-life characters.

      • azicat

        The Ernst Degner story certainly fits the mould. It’s an incredible tale.

  • JMDGT

    I would add Journey to the End of the World by Alfonse Palaima (Author), Colin Evans.

  • Deryl Clark

    Sorry to break the news to you but you have no clue.
    Compared to “Stealing Speed” these are all bad romance novels.

  • Starmag

    I don’t know about movies, but this is an excellent motorcycle reading list. As you first point out, reading lets you create your own word pictures. There’s a few in here I don’t have yet, but will soon.

  • Mahatma

    @3: That could be awesome if done right.The best book on HA I’ve read,to be fair the only other book is by the founder of HA and Thompsons protagonist in his book Hells angels mr Barger.

    Thanks for reading list.Bookmarked.

  • Bmwclay

    “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”

    • Johnny Blue

      I hope not! That book is different… that book needs to be read.

      • Tom Pava

        Could not agree more!

  • Keith Spicer

    If you want to up the ante and step outside of travel journals, how about “Two Wheels Through Terror”, by Glenn Heggstad.

  • David Kraft

    Motorcycle Camping made easy. Lol, it’s the only cycle book I have read!