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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Moving slowly through the crowd , he and his army started herding everyone
down the street toward the barricade at the other end , threatening to gas them if
they didn ' t comply . Strangely enough , the bikers obeyed and shuffled along
Remembering the relative harmony they had had together during the summer in
La Honda , this time Ginsberg brought along some LSD . Barger was waiting with
twenty scowling Hell ' s Angels and Kesey immediately started dosing them as ...
C started stripping to the music and running their hands over their own bodies
and the bikers ' . . . . 91 Mayson was not alone in his reaction . “ Guys that never
rode before , ” says Smith , “ told me they saw the movies and started riding , you
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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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