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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known actor named Lee Marvin , whom he had been teaching how to ride
motorcycles . Marvin was the antithesis of Brando , a wild gregarious sort who
loved to drink and fight ( the son of alcoholic parents , Brando was at the time a
teetotaler ) ...
A twenty - six - year - old woman named Patricia McKnight who had been
hanging around the Angels for months had committed suicide at one of their
parties . She had just endured a gang rape while tripping on drugs but Terry the
Trash sold used cases to two outlaw bikers named Crazy and Slave . For every
set of cases they bought from him , a bike was stolen somewhere in the Valley
that night . Trash had no idea how many of the parts he was buying were legit , so
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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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