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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A few years later , Marty went to high school one day wearing sideburns , a
ducktail haircut , and black leather jacket , and the principal stopped him in the
hall . “ He called me a ' harley , ” Marty says , laughing . “ He said , ' You look like
Two days later , the story turned into a he said she said scenario . Only four Hell '
s Angels were formally charged , one of them being Mother Miles , and their bail
was set at a miniscule twelve hundred dollars . Mother was dismissed as a ...
One year later , the limping Zorro arrived on Wethern ' s doorstep with more news
. Two outlaw bikers from Georgia named Tom Schull and Charlie Baker , itching
to become Angel prospects , had gone to a party being held by the Richmond ...
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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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