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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At the bar with Dink that night were two other bikers whom Forkner knew casually
: George Menker , a navy veteran , and a gregarious former serviceman
nicknamed Fat Boy . The three men listened to his tirade about getting kicked out
of the ...
He sentenced Kokomo to another night in jail and ordered him to stay away from
Bolado Track on the closing day of the races . He then asked Forkner , who had
brought his wife along with him to court , if he would pay attention to her and stay
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 he struck up a friendship with a CHP officer named Don , who was 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
In the Beginning
He and Friends Terrorize Town
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