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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Courtenay Rubber Plantation battle he experienced as a nineteenyear - old
member of Charlie Company . Within a few weeks , I was in Sacramento to meet
Trash face - to - face . I had to go back to the airport to pick up my rental car and
you needed , ” says Trash . “ Go steal a bike , put those cases into it , and it was
your bike . ” Trash sold used cases to two outlaw bikers named Crazy and Slave .
For every set of cases they bought from him , a bike was stolen somewhere in ...
ting started , Trash knocked over a twelve - liter jug of alcohol while cooking a
batch of speed and burned the cottage down . He laid low for several weeks until
his landlord , who had no idea what Trash was doing , shrugged it off and let him
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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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