rogue magazine & the outlaw of big sur.

Rogue was a men’s magazine in print from 1955 to 1967. It competed with Playboy for the male reader looking for nude photographs but with a wider selection of fiction and in-depth jazz coverage. I was researching the early 60s artist community of Big Sur for Fall 2014 design inspiration and, in doing so, acquired an October 1961 issue. It features the first published work of Hunter S. Thompson. Rogue paid Thompson $350 for his article “Big Sur: The Tropic of Henry Miller.” Getting this published was a defining moment for Thompson and triggered a breakthrough in his writing style; encouraging a lean toward controversial subjects, identifying with individualist anarchism, embracing a radical outward persona. These developing changes would earn him the “Outlaw of Big Sur” nickname years before he became the father of Gonzo journalism. Before he would begin to fear and loathe… Here’s a look at Hunter S. on the vintage pages of Rogue October 1961.

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