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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In this footage , the Berdoo Angels are so patently disoriented that the news
producers filming inside the group ' s clubhouse jump through hoops trying to get
a usable sound bite . This bewildering exchange between one interviewer and
INTERVIEWER Most of the guys smoke it ? BOB I don ' t know . INTERVIEWER
You do ? BOB Every once in a while . Like I say , I ' ve been riding a bike a long
time . I was around weed a long time before I ever started riding a bike .
INTERVIEWER Where ? ANGEL Mexico . 58 However ignorant the Angels come
across , there is one telling moment in the footage that likely did not end up in the
finished report . The slob - like Blind Bob , who for the most part is inarticulate ...
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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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