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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And I thought it would make a good movie . ” 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 .
Cohn was fed up with Kramer , hated his movies , and rued the day he had
signed him to work for Columbia . And if there was one film project that Cohn
surely despised , it was the new Kramer movie about motorcycle gangs . “ When I
Movie posters of Brando as Johnny became ubiquitous and are still purchased
even today . ( Photo stills of The Wild One are far more arresting to look at than
the movie itself . ) The persona of Johnny the sulking outlaw would be revisited in
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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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