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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After twenty - two weeks , Hopper emerged from the editing room with a four - and
- a - half - hour cut of Easy Rider that he deemed perfect . Fonda , Hayward and
the representatives from Columbia were horrified . Very little of it made any ...
There was nothing noble about this Easy Rider crap , they thought . Bring us
Doctor Dolittle . But the word on the street was different . The drugged - out
Columbia screenings had created a buzz around the town . Easy Rider was
literally the ...
Whatever its celebratory themes , much of Easy Rider is a downer . Bikers today
remain on the fence as to what the film is “ about . ” During its heyday , Hopper
would expound for hours on what messages could be gotten from it , though
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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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