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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26 The result was The Wild One, the film that introduced the concept of the
motorcycle outlaw to the American public. As a pop culture phenomenon, The
Wild One is rife with contradiction. It is a classic film that is also a bad movie, the
If his is not the most positive portrayal of a biker, Marvin is enthralling to watch,
and one of the biggest letdowns of The Wild One is that he is not onscreen more.
"The one character in The Wild One," says Dave Nichols, editor of Easy- riders, ...
much better films such as Streetcar and On The Waterfront, his work in The Wild
One created an image, one that continues to this day. After the film's release and
subsequent failure, sales of leather jackets soared. Movie posters of Brando as ...
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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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