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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Barger , Boots , and several others started up the Oakland Hell ' s Angels in 1957
, following Barger ' s brief tenure with the ... They all worked blue - collar jobs
during the week and rode during their off hours : 52 : • Sonny Barger - machine ...
He went across the bridge to meet the Oakland Angels ' president Sonny Barger
and introduce himself . Barger was prepared to chain - whip Thompson for the
crime of being a reporter but after finally reading his Nation article , decided that ...
wa - - - - - - - - - - meeting with Sonny Barger . Thompson put it together and went
to Barger ' s house with Ginsberg , Kesey , Cassady , and several Day - Glo
painted Pranksters accompanying him . Remembering the relative harmony 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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