Ralph Steadman

San Francisco is a very easy city to get around. I use the bus. I have a Senior’s Clipper Card, which cost very little. It allows me to take anybus, anytime, anywhere. My Clipper card makes a pleasing beep as I press it against the sensor as I board the #7 down Haight.

I love being old.

I had noticed a little sign announcing a Ralph Steadman exhibition https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Steadman outside a nondescript building in Lower Haight.  Steadman, a Welsh cartoonist and illustrator had a major impact on er contemporary culture in the 60s and 70s in Britain.  


I loved Steadman’s cartoons in Private Eye.

After Bateman

I was driving around the U.S. in the Summer of 1972 with George Watson, during the McGovern campaign. Rolling Stone’s serialization of Hunter S Thompson’s, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” illustrated by Steadman, had a big impact on me.

Happy memories.
Fear and Loathing
Kentucky Derby

The exhibition is incredible! It has hundreds of Steadman originals.

More recent. President of the United States.
Animal Farm
Map of Scottish Distilleries. Notice  he mentions Springbank

World class exhibition lurking on Haight. Go there!  https://haightstreetart.org

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2 Responses to Ralph Steadman

  1. Alan says:

    Many great drawings by Steadman – he seems to have been around for most of my politically aware life! Given that he’s nearly 11 years older than me I suppose it’s not so surprising!
    I’ve got here a copy of the Paladin edition of Flann O’Brien’s “The Poor Mouth” with illustrations by Steadman. They’re as desperately gloomy as the text!

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