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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Jimmy was not wearing a helmet since the law at the time required that only
riders under fifteen - and - a - half years of age were required to wear one . Jimmy
had always refused to don a helmet while riding , despite his mother ' s pleas to
One rides for the sheer thrill of it ; motorcycles are sexy and fun because they ' re
risky as hell , a visceral enticement that continues to be hampered by helmet laws
. Though California has one of the largest percentages of motorcyclists of any ...
Motorcycle Riders Take Helmet - Law Protest to Capitol by Dorothy Korber and
Terri Hardy With the throbbing strains of “ Born to be Wild ” blaring from
loudspeakers , California ' s bikers roared in the capital last week wearing lots of
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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
In the Beginning
He and Friends Terrorize Town
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