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Hollywood Rides a Bike: Cycling with the Stars Hardcover – February 29, 2012
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'Hollywood Rides a Bike,' by Steven Rea: review
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Author Steven Rea has two passions, cinema and bicycling, and out of this has come "Hollywood Rides a Bike: Cycling With the Stars" (Angel City Press; 159 pages; $20), a picture book containing scores of photos of Hollywood stars, mostly from the 1930s through the 1950s, riding bicycles. It is a singular and eccentric creation and, like a lot of singular and eccentric things, thoroughly charming. Bicycling enthusiasts will take pleasure identifying the various vintage bicycles - their riders were movie stars, remember, so they weren't riding rusty buckets - and a full index of bikes is given at the back.
For the rest of us, the book is picturesque and has the pleasure of novelty, but there's something more. There is a poignancy about seeing these vivid people from the past in the midst of physical activity and pleasure. There they are, the lucky and the tragic, all doing the same thing: Lauren Bacall, at her most beautiful, at the dawn of her stardom. And in another photo, Susan Peters, lovely and seemingly with the world before her - and yet a few years later, she was dead.
These are perhaps strange ruminations from what is essentially a cheerful book, but sometimes when you put disparate elements together, there are unexpected depths.
"For lack of a longer word, the book is fun. Also available as an app, the 160-page hardcover, published by Angel City Press, features 125 images of Hollywood movie star bicycle bliss, reminding us that the simple enjoyment of riding a bike does not require logo-splashed lycra and combat head gear. In fact, quite the opposite. The bicycling we see in Steven Rea's delicious coffee table tome reminds us that riding a bike is a pursuit worthy of refined whimsy and a little lighthearted glamour."
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