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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Descriptions run the gamut from just a wild party to a rural version of the Rape of
Nanking . Despite its quaint environment , Hollister was a big motorcycle town
during the forties , with twenty - seven bars , twenty - one gas stations , and only
They deny that they rape , yet admit to sexual perversion charges . One Angel
keeps insisting how much they just want to be left alone , yet doesn ' t explain
why they have allowed an entire film crew to invade their clubhouse . A female
They were all built on the same rote design : amoral violence , rape , drug use ,
rape , bad writing , rape , long riding sequences , bad acting , rape . . . . Unlike the
stilted social commentary of The Wild One , the sixties - era biker films were ...
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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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