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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Soon, another pack of more vicious bikers, the Beetles, rides into town fronted by
Johnny's nemesis, the sloppy Chino. The two gangs are very much yin and yang.
Johnny and the Black Rebels are decked out in snazzy form-fitting studded ...
The scenes where Chino is drunk are particularly realistic, as Marvin was
smashed at the time of filming. Adding to the tension on the set was the
undeniable fact that Brando and Marvin couldn't stand each other. "Lee was
jealous of Marlon," ...
Marvin supposedly based Chino on Wino Willie Forkner, whom the actor met
while riding around Los Angeles preparing for his role. This may explain why he
is the only biker riding a Harley in the film (every gang member in the film is
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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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