Wild Ride: How Outlaw Motorcycle Myth Conquered America
Wild Ride traces the history of the biker movement, from its beginnings in the years following World War II -- when many American GIs found the transition back to civilian life too severe, and opted instead to exorcise their combat demons by forming riding clubs -- to its current (and to many crass) commercialization in the form of Harley Davidson Cafes. The trip from 1940s outlaw to 1990s Rich Urban Biker (RUB) is indeed a wild one, taking the reader through the popularization of outlaw bikers in films like Easy Rider, their symbolic death at Altamont and decline throughout the seventies, and the repackaging and marketing of their image in the eighties nnd nineties, a process personified by billionaire Malcolm Forbes astride bis iron horse. Reynolds interviews many of the leading figures associated with the outlaw movement, from the veterans who helped form the first biker clubs in the 1940s to movie stars anal wild riders like Peter Fonda, Robert Blake, and Ken Kesey.
Wild Ride is an enthralling story and in many ways the secret history of post-World War II America.
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They were all members of the 13 Rebels , a Los Angeles motorcycle club with
flashy sweaters and bikes tuned for competition racing . Intrigued , Forkner
parked his 101 Scout and followed them inside the Rendezvous . Within an hour ,
He rejoined the 13 Rebels , most of whom had contributed to the war effort by
building planes in the area ' s numerous aircraft manufacturing plants . Forkner
was now twenty - six and totally wired , having just spent the last three years “
He paid a twentyfive dollar fine , which he borrowed from a chief petty officer who
was in court that day suing somebody for hitting his car . Forkner hitchhiked back
to L . A . where he was greeted by an infuriated pack of 13 Rebels . “ Jesus ...
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Reynolds presents a history of post-World War II American motorcycling culture, focusing on the image of the outlaw biker, which, he feels, is largely a product of media and public stereotyping. The ... Read full review
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