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The Big Book of Biker Flicks: 40 of the Best Motorcycle Movies of All Tiime Paperback – June 15, 2005
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Wooley and Price consider the canon of the chopper epic enthusiastically and thoroughly, mixing stills and promotional graphics with dead-on thumbnail plot summaries, not to mention pithily noting particular films' peculiar distinctions. Less revered and studied than blaxploitation and smut, biker movies appeared, often at drive-ins, throughout America in the 1960s and 1970s, inspiring one of the most iconic sixties-culture films, Easy Rider, many of whose actors and plot wrinkles figured earlier in the likes of Hell's Angels on Wheels, The Trip and Angels Hard as They Come, all of which Wooley and Price hail here. Besides production notes, other, less easily accessed biker-movie information Wooley and Price provide include such things as the names of the biker gangs and their leaders in each movie. That Chino (Dennis Hooper) and his gang, the Black Souls, rumbled with Darryl (Jody McCrea) and the Stompers in The Glory Stompers is the kind of niche information American culture collections shouldn't be without. Now they don't have to be. Mike Tribby
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It was something glad I got. But I still have wentworth wrenches and no BSA. Ride others brands.
forgive the bad spelling
Wing nut That is what I am called --don't ask
The author makes no attempt to trash any of the films. For example, for the film She-Devils on Wheels, the author writes, "among those who love low-budget and exploitation films ...". I am old enough to have seen the films of the 60's-70's-80's, low budget films that are barely made anymore. Thanks to Blockbuster (or Lackluster) that stopped stocking these films to concentrate on just the hits. And high ticket prices hurt as well. But, what you saw on the screen was more real than the special effects laden, blue screen, whimpy men & women, boring stuff we now get geared for the 13 year old. I was never a big fan of biker flicks, but now we have 40 cult films because nothing has come on line in the past 30 years to make these films obsolete. Afterall, what studio is going to put a $5 million actor on a motorcycle?
Back to the book, the 40 films are listed by release date. An alphabetical cross-reference of film titles is missing, my only nitpick.
My only beef is that it is written by a pair of movie freaks and reflects that perspective--- meaning all of the questions that another film fan would have are answered, but the questions that would interest a BIKE FREAK are not. In fact those questions are totally ignored... For instance- a lot of real club guys were used in those movies as extras and supporting characters, after all, they were the ones who built those cool choppers on which the whole movie was based! Who were those club guys? Nothing. Details on the bikes themselves? Nothing. Back of the camera beefs with the clubbers? ( There were plenty) Nothing. Answer those questions and you would have had a helluva book-- still worth it, though!