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Easy riders, raging bulls : how the sex-drugs-and-rock 'n' roll generation… (1998)

by Peter Biskind

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"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 when Taxi Driver was nominated; how George Lucas, gripped by anxiety, compulsively cut off his own hair while writing Star Wars; how a modest house on Nicholas Beach occupied by actresses Margot Kidder and Jennifer Salt became the unofficial headquarters for the New Hollywood; how Billy Friedkin tried to humiliate Paramount boss Barry Diller; and how screenwriter/director Paul Schrader played Russian roulette in his hot tub. It was a time when an "anything goes" experimentation prevailed both on the screen and off."--Jacket.… (more)
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Closer to 1.5 stars. Some mildly interesting anecdotes, but I couldn't tell you exactly how Biskind develops his thesis in the total mishmash of industry tall tales that make up this book (if it wasn't spelled out in the last chapter, I don't think I could tell you it at all). So much inside baseball it ought to be printed on cork. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
You can say Peter Biskind is being a jerk to the generation of filmmakers who revolutionized Hollywood in the 1970s with this gossipy, mean yet thorough retelling of the rise and crash of "The New Hollywood" or you could argue that this group of boy geniuses pretty much got what they deserved as a group of young artists given too much too fast who lost it and ruined others in the process through their own greed and arrogance. Doesn't mean it couldn't have been a better book (there are times when you sense Biskind lost access to someone and simply stopped telling their story without explanation) but it tells a sad soulful story nonetheless. ( )
  Smokler | Jan 3, 2021 |
In a world full of assholes, Dennis Hopper manages to stand out. ( )
  k6gst | May 11, 2020 |
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The problem was ... directors taking coke and expensive Films ( )
  GirlMeetsTractor | Mar 22, 2020 |
I have to say begrudgingly that this was a good book about the rise of the major Hollywood directors after the near extinction of the old studio system of producers and studio heads ruled the moviemaking world. The time period is the late 60’s to later 70’s—early 80’s. The careers of these men are subjected to some Kidd glove handling but there are plenty of other hearsay or direct quotes from other Hollywood characters or “people who heard something” to keep you reading further on to the next chapter. The book to me was frustrating since in my mind it was filled with too many peripheral interests and personalities to make it feel bloated. Biskind stays focused on the main movie men Spielberg, Scorsese, Coppola, Fredkin, and Lucas. There are a whole cast of older characters whom I didn’t care to focus on, but this book had lots of interesting things in it. I was happy to have read it slowly to gauge Biskind’s own writing style. Biskind has written others books since this one and has been subjected to only faint skepticism of his absence of hearsay knowledge of Weinstein’s well-known misconduct. He said he had no direct knowledge and so didn’t print anything in that vein. Reading this book and hearing that will make you laugh. In fact, to see this book as anything less than comical behavior is to rob yourself of the greatest pleasure of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls. Biskind offers this apologetic sentiment as one of his conclusions. “The Directors of this decade were not unusual in their self-absorption, ruthlessness, or cruelty…Such behavior goes with the territory.”
This book would be perfect for film students but not so much for movie buffs as it gives lot of the unsavory backgrounds to how some of our favorite scenes and movie concepts came about. I read this as a keen fan of the history of Los Angeles. ( )
  sacredheart25 | Nov 20, 2019 |
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"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 when Taxi Driver was nominated; how George Lucas, gripped by anxiety, compulsively cut off his own hair while writing Star Wars; how a modest house on Nicholas Beach occupied by actresses Margot Kidder and Jennifer Salt became the unofficial headquarters for the New Hollywood; how Billy Friedkin tried to humiliate Paramount boss Barry Diller; and how screenwriter/director Paul Schrader played Russian roulette in his hot tub. It was a time when an "anything goes" experimentation prevailed both on the screen and off."--Jacket.

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