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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We rode over to his room where he introduced me to Brother Hank and Sheila ,
who were sharing the room with him and had funded his trip . The couple had
ridden down from their home in Las Vegas to pick up Trash at his home in remote
While Trash played pool against Sheila , I went outside with Brother Hank to
check out the bikes in the parking lot . Trash had told me earlier with a straight
face that he would need to “ keep an eye ” on Brother Hank , who had a tendency
to tee ...
Brother Hank accepted and they grappled for an hour straight to a dead heat .
The two stayed friends ever since . ( Years later , Trash asked Brother Hank what
he would have done if he had been challenged to a fight . “ Aw hell , I woulda
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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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