LittleBearProd: Q) Why did you publish this book?
Al Satterwhite: A) Hunter & I became friends back in the ‘70's long before he became a media star. I got to know Hunter when he was freely Hunter, before the media made a caricature of him. We shared many great adventures. Our time together in Cozumel was one of those adventures; besides photographing Hunter for the interview, afterwards we would roam the island together and I would capture Hunter being Hunter. I thought that the renewed interest in Hunter and the recent anniversary of the Playboy interviews would make a great combination for fans.
LittleBearProd: Q) What’s your book, The Cozumel Diary about? Just the interview?
Al Satterwhite: A) The story in the book covers our adventures in Florida and the week of craziness in Cozumel when we did the interview. I had the original interviewer, Craig Vetter, write a forward for the book; and my good friend, William McKeen, write a Postword (he wrote the best bio of Hunter, called Outlaw Journalist). I wrote about our adventures and time together, and Playboy allowed me to publish the original interview in full. It’s a great adventure, and a wonderful story.
The Cozumel Diary chronicles a week in the life of Hunter S. Thompson, as photographed by internationally acclaimed photographer Al Satterwhite. Featuring over 40 never-before-released images from that week, this “diary” recounts the misadventures of one particularly memorable assignment.
The book includes a foreward by Craig Vetter, a 10,000 word essay by the photographer, and an afterward by Hunter S. Thompson biographer William McKeen, plus additional supplementary materials.
The Cozumel Diary is available in two editions:
The Artist’s Edition ($500) is housed in a beautifully designed slipcase, is signed and numbered by the artist (#1-200), and includes two 8"x10" black-and-white photographs, signed by the photographer. It comes in a custom-designed shipping container and is a highly sought-after collector’s item. Just released, Available Now. Order yours now as the perfect gift for any Hunter S. Thompson fan!
The Collector’s Edition ($150) is held in a sleek, modern slipcase, and is signed and numbered by the artist (#201-800). Just released, Available Now. Order yours now as the perfect gift for any Hunter S. Thompson fan!
- The original Playboy Interview is included in the book
- there are 3 gatefolds
- book will be available late December
- 11 x 9 inches with hardback cover
- this is a 1st class book production with high quality duotone printing of the B&W images
- a total of 800 numbered and signed books, available in slipcase (The Collector’s Edition, $150 + shipping) or clamshell (The Artist’s Edition, $500 + shipping) Just released, Available Now. Order yours now as the perfect gift for any Hunter S. Thompson fan!
Al Satterwhite photographed Hunter for the Playboy Interview in Cozumel, Mexico in 1974 — next year will be the 40th Anniversary of that Interview. Hunter and Al were also good friends and spent time together in Florida on numerous occasions, making for more interesting stories. Hunter has many fans — already 350 of the Artist and Collector’s Editions have been pre-sold. Get yours now, before they run out!
Just released, Available Now. Order yours now as the perfect gift for any Hunter S. Thompson fan!