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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Forkner returned to South Gate, got his Indian Scout out of storage, and took a
job driving a truck for a guy named J. D. Cameron, a local motorcycling legend
who owned a freight company called the Big A off Firestone Boulevard, just
At intermission time, Forkner turned to Blackie and slurred, "Jesus Christ, man,
we could put on a better show than this son-of-a-bitch."4 The two of them
staggered out of the grandstand and headed for the parking lot, Blackie not really
As a disoriented Forkner tried to kick start his dead Indian, track security marched
out, dragged him to the back of the pits, and called the cops. When the police
arrived, they were puzzled as to what to do with Forkner. He kept insisting they ...
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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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