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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major cities and the interstate highway system got more bike riders off the trails
and onto the open road . But for many sectors of American society , more
available roadways meant more opportunities for hoodlums to ride around
Café racers were a velocity - minded group of customized bike riders who came
into prominence in the early 1960s . Their roots go back thirty years to the “
promenade percys , ” upper - class dandies on motorcycles who made a habit of
They saw these new affluent riders as just lemmings being lured into their private
pool ; these neophytes were hijacking their culture and turning it into a weekend
fad . “ These are people that have a family and a job and a mortgage , ” says ...
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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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