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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I had parked myself next to a pinball machine displaying my memo pad like a
semaphore flag when I heard someone say cryptically , “ 1 , 001 , 1 , 002 . . . ” I
looked up and saw a well - groomed Hell ' s Angel in his late forties with salt - and
As they parked their bikes and crossed a small footbridge leading to the main
house , the Angels were greeted by a flock of Day - Glo painted creatures who
ran up to them offering beer and acid . Everyone was there : the Merry Pranksters
... a couple of Angels pulled over to the side of the road . Ron parked alongside
and proudly showed them how he had a bike just like theirs . The Angels asked
him why he kept 223 Trash: An Outlaw's Tale The Young Soldier.
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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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