Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

How the Sex-drugs-and-rock-'n'-roll Generation Saved Hollywood

Book - 1998
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In 1969, a low-budget biker movie, "Easy Rider," shocked Hollywood with its stunning success. An unabashed celebration of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll (onscreen and off), "Easy Rider" heralded a heady decade in which a rebellious wave of talented young filmmakers invigorated the movie industry. In "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls," Peter Biskind takes us on the wild ride that was Hollywood in the '70s, an era that produced such modern classics as "The Godfather, Chinatown, Shampoo, Nashville, Taxi Driver," and "Jaws." "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls" vividly chronicles the exuberance and excess of the times: the startling success of "Easy Rider" and the equally alarming circumstances under which it was made, with drugs, booze, and violent rivalry between costars Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda dominating the set; how a small production company named BBS became the guiding spirit of the youth rebellion in Hollywood and how, along the way, some of its executives helped smuggle Huey Newton out of the country; how director Hal Ashby was busted for drugs and thrown in jail in Toronto; why Martin Scorsese attended the Academy Awards with an FBI escort
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, c1998.
ISBN: 9780684809960
0684809966
Branch Call Number: 791.43/BISKIND
Characteristics: 506 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

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chgarland
Jan 30, 2015

This is supposed to be a history of the change in movie-making from the studio system to the "auteur" method. What I chiefly learned from this book is that Hollywood truly is an amoral swamp and there are no good guys there, and probably never have been. All of the wunderkinds from the 70s are nasty little brats whose sole concern is making their movies and they really don't care what happens to anyone while they do it, including wives and children. I don't generally go to movies because they cost too much and the audience has no manners. I am now thoroughly put off renting or borrowing them because of the wretched moral state of those who make them.

A book like this is why I never ever want to hear the political opinions of any Hollywood star. They are silly vapid amoral creatures who think their great wealth qualifies them as intelligent and thoughtful, completely forgetting that they make their living reciting someone else's words. Once I hear the idiotic, and almost invariably hypocritical, opinions of Hollywood folks, I never want to see their movies again.

This book did not help. Making movies seems to be exactly like making hot dogs: one should simply never learn what goes on behind the scenes.

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