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Easy Riders Raging Bulls

512 pages, 1999

arts & entertainment

arts & entertainment

401 books

The low-budget biker movie Easy Rider shocked Hollywood with its success in 1969. A new era was born and a new Hollywood was born. 

This was an age when talented young filmmakers such as Scorsese, Coppola, and Spielberg, along with a new breed of actors, including De Niro, Pacino, and Nicholson created an innovative Hollywood that made movies like The Godfather, Chinatown, Taxi Driver, and Jaws. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls follows the wild ride of Hollywood in the 70s -- an unabashed celebration of sex, drugs, and rock n roll (both onscreen and off) and an era where innovation and experimentation reigned supreme. Based on hundreds of interviews with directors themselves, producers, stars, agents, writers, and studio executives (and spouses).

The Golden Age of Hollywood

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls by Peter Biskind takes us back to the golden age of Hollywood. It's a fascinating journey that explores the rise and fall of the 'New Hollywood' era. You'll get to see the behind-the-scenes of some of the most iconic films and filmmakers of the 70s.

The Impact of Directors

Biskind's book shows us how directors like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Steven Spielberg revolutionized the film industry. Their unique vision and daring approach to filmmaking changed the way movies were made and watched. It's a must-read if you're interested in the art of directing.

The Dark Side of Success

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls isn't just about the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. It also digs into the darker side of success. The book reveals how fame, money, and power can lead to self-destruction, making it a cautionary tale for anyone dreaming of making it big.

The Role of Drugs and Sex

Peter Biskind doesn't shy away from the controversial aspects of the 'New Hollywood' era. He explores how drugs and sex played a significant role in the lives of these filmmakers and their films. It's a raw and unfiltered look into a time that was as scandalous as it was groundbreaking.

The End of an Era

The book also researches the end of the 'New Hollywood' era. It shows how the industry shifted from auteur-driven films to blockbuster hits. This change marked the end of an era, but also the beginning of the Hollywood we know today. It's a fascinating look into the evolution of the film industry.

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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls is a riveting journey through the 1970s, a golden age of American cinema. Biskind's book is a must-read for any film enthusiast.

Roger EbertRoger Ebert - Film Critic

Biskind's book is a fascinating exploration of a transformative era in Hollywood. It's a compelling read that captures the spirit of the times.

Martin ScorseseMartin Scorsese - Film Director

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls is a captivating chronicle of a pivotal period in film history. It's a book that every cinephile should read.

Quentin TarantinoQuentin Tarantino - Film Director

Biskind's book is a fascinating insight into the creative chaos and cultural upheaval of 70s Hollywood. It's a must-read for anyone interested in cinema history.

Francis Ford CoppolaFrancis Ford Coppola - Film Director

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls is a compelling narrative of a transformative era in Hollywood. It's a book that every film lover should read.

Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg - Film Director
Roger EbertMartin ScorseseQuentin TarantinoFrancis Ford CoppolaSteven Spielberg


authorB.J. Novak

B.J. Novak


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