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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How Outlaw Motorcycle Myth Conquered America Tom Reynolds. and speed on
an hourly basis , exacerbating his already manic state of mind . Fonda would end
the shooting day by dosing Hopper with Placidyl , a depressant , to get him to ...
Southern had gotten fed up with the anarchy in New Orleans and eventually
drifted away from the project , but not before witnessing Hopper get into a
ridiculous knife fight with Southern ' s good friend , actor Rip Torn , who was
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Hopper , his mind swirling with chemicals and an auteur ' s hubris , went to work
editing the film . He locked himself away for months , watching the footage spool
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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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