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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood Paperback – April 4, 1999
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About the Author
Peter Biskind is the author of five previous books, including Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'n' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood. He is a contributor to Vanity Fair and was formerly the executive editor of Premiere magazine. He lives with his family in Columbia County, New York.
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As enjoyable as it was, I wish it served a higher purpose. That is, the era written about was a true golden age in movie making - both in the US and abroad - and I would have liked even more insight into why. Biskind focuses the book on some of the most important directors of the time - notably and obviously Coppola, Lucas, Spielberg, Scorcese and Ashby - spends way too much time on Dennis Hopper (who can blame him - he was a train wreck) and Warren Beatty and yet virtually ignores Woody Allen (who directed more movies, and some great ones at that, than any of the aforementioned directors), Stanley Kubrick, Sidney Lumet, John Schlesinger and Louis Malle all of whom directed some of the best movies in that era, let alone of all time. What was their contribution? What traits did they share with the featured directors? Perhaps their personal stories weren't as intriguing (not enough sex, drugs or violence), but their art was beautiful and helped make that particular age be golden.
Finally, can someone finally tell me why Harvey Keitel was fired from Apocalypse Now???