The Joke's Over: Bruised Memories—Gonzo, Hunter S. Thompson, and Me is a book written and illustrated by Ralph Steadman chronicling the odd and very often dangerous times when he met and worked with his friend Hunter S. Thompson. It contains some illustrations by Steadman created at the time of the events and some photos taken by Steadman or Thompson. It was published in 2006 by Heinemann in the UK and, perhaps during the same year, by Harcourt in the US.

The Joke's Over
AuthorRalph Steadman
Cover artistSteadman
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherWilliam Heinemann
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardcover)
Pagesxviii, 396, 32 plates[1]
LC ClassNC1479.S79 A2 2006b (first), NC1479.S79 A2 2006[1]

The book tells stories of what happened when Hunter and Steadman were working together, from their first joint work at the Kentucky Derby[when?] to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, published as a book in 1972.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "The joke's over : bruised memories--Gonzo, Hunter Thompson and me" (first edition). Library of Congress Online Catalog.
      "The joke's over : bruised memories : Gonzo, Hunter S. Thompson, and me" (1st US). LC Online Catalog; Library of Congress ( Retrieved 2018-04-05.