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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lice things . We ' re not a security force . We go to concerts to enjoy ourselves and
have fun . ” " Well , what about helping people out - you ... It was the closest thing
to an offer ever made to the club to be involved with the Stones ' free concert .
... but the same thing is going on , the same thing happens . You become a
member of the culture . You become part of the culture . You don ' t lose your
individuality . ” This is a welcoming invitation and the Harley - Davidson company
Ugly Paul also sees the same thing happening at the famous Black Hills Classic
Rally in Sturgis , South Dakota . “ I can ' t imagine trailering my bike to Sturgis , ”
he says . “ I remember the first time I went to Sturgis in 1982 , I didn ' t see a single
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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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