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"An entertaining and eventful book" London Review of Books A true American rebel, Dennis Hopper's amazing life was a roller-coaster series of triumphs and failures. Hopper acted in more than 115 movies, directed seven himself, and passionately pursued an artist's life as a photographer, creator and art collector. This book explores Hopper's life from his lonely childhood in Kansas, to his drug-fuelled days and nights in Hollywood and his spiritual home in Taos, New Mexico. From Hopper's early days in Hollywood, where he had an affair with 16-year-old Natalie Wood and took acting lessons from James Dean, his '60s head trips and the making of Easy Rider, his lost years in Taos, to his recovery and political right-turn in the '80s, this book unsparingly documents his journey from self-destructive bad boy to iconic survivor of the counterculture. It also delves into Hopper's tumultuous personal life, including his dramatic attempt to divorce his last wife while he battled terminal cancer. This is the first book to cover the entire life and career of the man who hung out with James Dean, Elvis Presley, and Jack Nicholson, co-starred in and directed Easy Rider, and returned to form in Blue Velvet, overcoming years of alcoholism and drug addiction. This is a musthave for Hopper's fans, film buffs, and readers hooked on celebrity scandals.
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PETER L. WINKLER is an esteemed film historian and writer whose work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Cinefan and Playboy.Review:
"This week I read 'Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel,' and instantly fell in love with the story. Peter Winkler figured out how to make the book so engrossing, so sensational . . . It's the one book you need to pick up and read at some point in your life." -- Tommy Garrett, Canyon News
I also told you . . . that Barricade Books was publishing Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel by Peter L. Winkler. Well, I read it, and all I can say is ... whew! Wild Ride is exactly that. One incredible drug and drink-fueled tale tumbles over the next. Hopper, as presented by author Winkler, is fascinating. - Liz Smith, wowowow.com
I knew Dennis Hopper in his wild days and his sober days, and this book captures the man in his many incarnations. Winkler's deeply researched biography of Hopper is the definitive book on this live wire who lived on the high wire. -- Filmmaker Philippe Mora
"Entertaining and eventful." - Jenny Diski, London Review of Books
"Run -- don't walk -- to the nearest book vendor and get your hands on a copy of Peter L. Winkler's 'Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel.' I was hooked on Winkler's biography from the minute I picked it up, and I suspect that will be the case with other film addicts." - David M. Kinchen, huntingtonnews.net
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Book Description Robson Press, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1849543674