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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Dog ” Dahlgren , the Boozefighter member tossed in jail for riding on the sidewalk
during 1947 Hollister Rally . The club made an abortive attempt to break him out .
( Courtesy the Boozefighters MC ) The Boozefighters at the 1947 Hollister ...
He was Big John of the Boozefighters Texas Chapter and he called over the
others - Dancer , Running Bear , Irish Ed , and Jim Quattlebaum — who
introduced themselves . They had flown out to attend the memorial for Red Dog
and pay their ...
The Boozefighters don ' t wear one - percenter patches , but because green
dominates their colors , the club occasionally gets mistaken for the Vagos , an
outlaw group who shares the same color scheme and with whom some Hell ' s
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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
In the Beginning
He and Friends Terrorize Town
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