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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Following the success of The Wild Angels , biker films spread across America like
kudzu and became a regular presence at drive - ins everywhere . They were all
built on the same rote design : amoral violence , rape , drug use , rape , bad ...
Zipper ( a buffoon - like outlaw biker character featured in the Frankie Avalon -
Annette Funicello beach films . ) You know , I didn ' t even take them seriously . I
looked upon them as Three Stooges , Laurel and Hardy , Abbott and Costello .
Bikers today remain on the fence as to what the film is “ about . ” During its
heyday , Hopper would expound for hours on what messages could be gotten
from it , though more recently he has qualified it as just “ a biker film that we did to
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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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