Published by Rolling Stone magazine book division : Straight Arrow Books, San Francisco, CA, 1972.
Oscar Zeta Acosta was the basis for the Samoan” a.k.a “my attorney” in Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
He was born in El Paso, Texas in 1935 and ‘disappeared’ in Mexico in 1974. He met Thompson in 1967 when he was also contributing articles to the newly founded Rolling Stone magazine. Thompson contributed an article to Rolling Stone in 1971 called Strange Rumblings in Aztlan about Acosta and the East Los Angeles barrios. And their trip subsequent to Las Vegas became the foundation of Fear & Loathing. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was original published in two issues of RS before appearing in book form – published by Straight Arrow and later in paperback.
Acosta later wrote a novel in 1973 , The Revolt of the Cockroach People, a fictional account of his life as Buffalo Zeta Brown, an attorney for the Chicano movement in East LA.
An interesting and often overlooked counter culture figure.
Condition : Near Fine :Clean DJ with no fading or tears, the book has been barely opened, possibly unread. Very minor storage wear.