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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Make sure you get everyone ' s name right , ” he said , then turned on his heel
and headed for the bar . It was a veritable United Nations of motorcycle clubs
inside the place . There were a dozen Hell ' s Angels plus members of the Devil '
At intermission time , Forkner turned to Blackie and slurred , “ Jesus Christ , man ,
we could put on a better show than this son - of - a - bitch . " 4 The two of them
staggered out of the grandstand and headed for the parking lot , Blackie not
He was turning down film offers left and right when Kramer called him with his
idea for a movie about motorcycle gangs . Brando had a soft spot for the producer
. They shared an interest in social issues and Brando always felt obligated to ...
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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
In the Beginning
He and Friends Terrorize Town
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