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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-And-Rock-N-Roll Generation Saved Hollywood

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Staff Pick

I don't know much about film, but I can keep up with the best Hollywood gossipers. In an attempt to elevate and justify my shameful interest in the lives of celebrities, I found a terrific book. Easy Riders Raging Bulls begins with Hollywood in bad financial shape in the 1960's. Films made outside the US were considered daring and innovative, while Hollywood was producing heavily formulaic Doris Day or Rock Hudson vehicles. Studios didn't have a clue what was making British and European art films successful and were, for the first time, willing to cede power to young directors. Film equipment became smaller, more portable, and cheaper. Actors in these new films were grittier, story lines involved characters that weren't necessarily "good guys" and technical correctness was challenged. Films from this era included Bonnie & Clyde, The Graduate, Rosemary's Baby, Midnight Cowboy, Easy Rider, The Godfather, Nashville, Shampoo, Carnal Knowledge, The Exorcist, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Apocalypse Now, Jaws, Klute, Star Wars, and American Graffiti. This book is a perfect combination of film history and densely packed tales of Hollywood scandal and titillation.
Recommended by Krista, Powells.com

Review-A-Day

"Easy Riders, Raging Bulls is by turns exhilarating, astonishing, depressing, and hilarious. While Biskind's dramatic instincts lead him to focus on the more out-of-control films, leaving a false impression that every production was a runaway train lucky to pull into the station in one piece, the context of the work gives it a greater significance than salacious gossip. Biskind vividly captures the hopes, dreams, and highs ? and yes, the follies ? of the first truly independent film generation." Chris Bolton, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

When the low-budget biker movie andlt;Iandgt;Easy Riderandlt;/Iandgt; shocked Hollywood with its success in 1969, a new Hollywood era was born. This was an age when talented young filmmakers such as Scorsese, Coppola, and Spielberg, along with a new breed of actors, including De Niro, Pacino, and Nicholson, became the powerful figures who would make such modern classics as andlt;Iandgt;The Godfather, Chinatown, Taxi Driver,andlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Jaws. Easy Riders, Raging Bullsandlt;/Iandgt; follows the wild ride that was Hollywood in the '70s — an unabashed celebration of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll (both onscreen and off) and a climate where innovation and experimentation reigned supreme. Based on hundreds of interviews with the directors themselves, producers, stars, agents, writers, studio executives, spouses, and ex-spouses, this is the full, candid story of Hollywood's last golden age. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Bandgt;MARTIN SCORSESE ON DRUGS:andlt;/Bandgt; "I did a lot of drugs because I wanted to do a lot, I wanted to push all the way to the very very end, and see if I could die." andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Bandgt;DENNIS HOPPER ON andlt;Iandgt;EASY RIDER:andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;/Bandgt; "The cocaine problem in the United States is really because of me. There was no cocaine before andlt;Iandgt;Easy Riderandlt;/Iandgt; on the street. After andlt;Iandgt;Easy Rider,andlt;/Iandgt; it was everywhere." andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Bandgt;GEORGE LUCAS ON andlt;Iandgt;STAR WARS:andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;/Bandgt; "Popcorn pictures have always ruled. Why do people go see them? Why is the public so stupid? That's not my fault."

Review:

"Biskind...knows where the bodies are buried...and his eye for telling detail turns up enough fresh insights to keep the book engrossing." Joseph McBride, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[Biskind's] research is so scrupulous and instructive and his passion for movies so unquestionable that his clear contempt for the excesses of the men he writes about makes sense — after all, they trashed their own gifts. But the signal achievement of this archaeological dig of a book is that Biskind also cares about what went right — the movies." Mark Harris, Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"[A] calm, encyclopedic and compulsively readable dish on Hollywood heroes....This book plays like a bestseller, a perfect, gruesome sitcom in which Hollywood figures sit and ponder their reputations. If anything, I dare say that nervous libel lawyers have made Biskind take a moderate line....[I]t is essential dish, and Biskind has done his job well." David Thomson, The Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review

Review:

"Mr. Biskind's book is like the best of Robert Altman: His central narrative is pretty incoherent, but the ensemble cast and colorful vignettes are irresistible." Mark Steyn, The Wall Street Journal

Review:

"Thouthful, gossipy, and altogether mesmerizing." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

About the Author

Peter Biskind is the former executive editor of Premiere and former editor in chief of American Film. He is the author of two previous books, Seeing Is Believing: How Hollywood Taught Us to Stop Worrying and Love the Fifties and The Godfather Companion. His work has appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and Rolling Stone, among other publications. He is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction: Knockin' on Heaven's Door

One: Before the Revolution

Two: "Who Made Us Right?"

Three: Exile on Main Street

Four: The Moviegoer

Five: The Man Who Would Be King

Six: Like a Rolling Stone

Seven: Sympathy for the Devil

Eight: The Gospel According to St. Martin

Nine: The Revenge of the Nerd

Ten: Citizen Cain

Eleven: Star Bucks

Twelve: Coming Apart

Thirteen: The Eve of Destruction

Fourteen: "We Blew It"

Cast of Characters

Selected Filmography of Directors (1967-1982)

Notes

Index

Photo Credits

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684857084
Author:
Biskind, Peter
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
History
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film - Direction & Production
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Motion picture producers and directors
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film & Video - Direction & Production
Subject:
Motion pictures -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Subject:
new wave hollywood, easy rider, dennis hopper, jack nicholson, peter fonda, francis ford coppola, martin scorsese, robert deniro, taxi driver, chinatown, jaws, spielberg, goerge lucas, star wars, summer blockbuster, the godfather trilogy, star, warren bea
Subject:
new wave hollywood, easy rider, dennis hopper, jack nicholson, peter fonda, francis ford coppola, martin scorsese, robert deniro, taxi driver, chinatown, jaws, spielberg, goerge lucas, star wars, summer blockbuster, the godfather trilogy, star, warren bea
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
R2-99-03
Publication Date:
April 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 -pp b+w insert
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 15.925 oz

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"Staff Pick" by ,

I don't know much about film, but I can keep up with the best Hollywood gossipers. In an attempt to elevate and justify my shameful interest in the lives of celebrities, I found a terrific book. Easy Riders Raging Bulls begins with Hollywood in bad financial shape in the 1960's. Films made outside the US were considered daring and innovative, while Hollywood was producing heavily formulaic Doris Day or Rock Hudson vehicles. Studios didn't have a clue what was making British and European art films successful and were, for the first time, willing to cede power to young directors. Film equipment became smaller, more portable, and cheaper. Actors in these new films were grittier, story lines involved characters that weren't necessarily "good guys" and technical correctness was challenged. Films from this era included Bonnie & Clyde, The Graduate, Rosemary's Baby, Midnight Cowboy, Easy Rider, The Godfather, Nashville, Shampoo, Carnal Knowledge, The Exorcist, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Apocalypse Now, Jaws, Klute, Star Wars, and American Graffiti. This book is a perfect combination of film history and densely packed tales of Hollywood scandal and titillation.

"Review A Day" by , "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls is by turns exhilarating, astonishing, depressing, and hilarious. While Biskind's dramatic instincts lead him to focus on the more out-of-control films, leaving a false impression that every production was a runaway train lucky to pull into the station in one piece, the context of the work gives it a greater significance than salacious gossip. Biskind vividly captures the hopes, dreams, and highs ? and yes, the follies ? of the first truly independent film generation." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "Biskind...knows where the bodies are buried...and his eye for telling detail turns up enough fresh insights to keep the book engrossing."
"Review" by , "[Biskind's] research is so scrupulous and instructive and his passion for movies so unquestionable that his clear contempt for the excesses of the men he writes about makes sense — after all, they trashed their own gifts. But the signal achievement of this archaeological dig of a book is that Biskind also cares about what went right — the movies."
"Review" by , "[A] calm, encyclopedic and compulsively readable dish on Hollywood heroes....This book plays like a bestseller, a perfect, gruesome sitcom in which Hollywood figures sit and ponder their reputations. If anything, I dare say that nervous libel lawyers have made Biskind take a moderate line....[I]t is essential dish, and Biskind has done his job well."
"Review" by , "Mr. Biskind's book is like the best of Robert Altman: His central narrative is pretty incoherent, but the ensemble cast and colorful vignettes are irresistible."
"Review" by , "Thouthful, gossipy, and altogether mesmerizing."
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