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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Chapter 10 It's All Over Now The Altamont Speedway is about fifty miles east of
San Francisco, buried off of Highway 580 among tracts of rolling farmland near
the town of Livermore. You cannot see the track from the highway and if it were
Likewise, Altamont is seen as the denouement where all the hopes and dreams
of a restless generation came crashing down to a tragic end rather than just a
hastily planned rock concert where, unfortunately, one man was killed. The story
136 Altamont is thought to have resulted in four violent deaths but Carter insists it
is not true. "Two days after the concert," he says, "there was a kid that was
walking along the canal down there, and a cop went after him. The kid jumped
into the ...
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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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