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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sion documentary I ' d recently produced about outlaw motorcycle culture , and
was struck by an interview we showed of an old biker named Wino . A World War
II flight gunner , Wino recalled how he had been made “ a nervous person ” after
161 Yet the 1997 Independence Rally went off without a hitch , though the cost of
footing the bill for the unwanted security left it in the red . An ailing Wino Willie
Forkner was even invited to be the Grand Marshall for the opening day parade ,
Big Jim was currently a Boozefighters prospect , as the club had been
resurrected in 1995 with the blessings of an aging Wino Willie . They had
chapters in both California and Texas . I had met the Mother chapter in San
Diego once before ...
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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
Boozefighters and PissedOff Bastards
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