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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15 Forkner spent the remainder of ħe decade riding with the Yellowjackets,
whose members included most of the Boozefight- ers; they simply changed their
colors every time they sponsored a race and the AMA was never the wiser. The
role of ...
"The one character in The Wild One," says Dave Nichols, editor of Easy- riders, "
that really did exemplify the American biker in that time period was the character
that Lee Marvin played. He looked and dressed and acted the part of one of the ...
Peter deserves a medal for riding it as much as he did in the movie. It had no front
brake. And you couldn't conceivably do a U-turn."105 Hayward was not the only
one who felt that way. Though both he and Fonda were avid motorcyclists, ...
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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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