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Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel

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One of America's most intriguing show-business luminaries and true rebels, Dennis Hopper's amazing life was a roller-coaster series of triumphs and failures. Always intent on proving his genius and leaving a legacy, the Emmy and Oscar-nominated Hopper acted in more than 115 movies and four TV series, directed seven films, and passionately pursued an artist's life as a phot ...more
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Published September 16th 2011 by Barricade Books (first published August 16th 2011)
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Read by Greg Itzin 16:12:31

Description: 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, wh
Brian Joynt
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastically researched and presented biography on sometimes genius/sometimes psycho Dennis Hopper, as an artist, filmmaker, rebel, and counter-culture icon. The author has done a wonderful job in highlighting the man's lust and desire to create something substantial and timeless, with reflection on his early years as well as his great roles in the classic Hollywood pictures up to and including his actor-for-hire roles later in his career. This is a must-read for fans of film, Hollywood, rebel ...more
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Praise For Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel

“This enjoyable, well-researched and clear-eyed biography doubles as a cultural history, as Hopper goes from Rebel Without a Cause, Giant, Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now and Blue Velvet to Super Mario Bros, Speed and Waterworld.”––The Guardian

“Winkler's worthy and well-researched biography pays due attention to Hopper's achievements as actor and filmmaker, but it's the scandal that Winkler is really interested in, and Hopper's life was posi
Bill Wallace
We blew it, man! Not really, at least not always. Hopper clearly lived life on his own terms, often to the detriment of the folks who loved him, but he left a body of work, of art that defines a time when everything in America changed. This book, on the other hand, is a mess without any artistic pretense, barely reaching above tabloid reporting in many of its chapters. Far as I can tell, it's the only biography of Hopper to be had and its collage of quotes harvested indiscriminately from dozens ...more
Tom Schulte
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great wild and revealing portrait of (self-)tortured actor, frustrated director, successful art collector and self-important renegade Dennis Hopper. The tangled tales of who write the script to Easy Rider, why Hopper did so many crappy movies, and just what led to the notoriety-through-obscurity of "The Last Movie" make this a cineophile's goldmine.
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written and informative. Lots of factual information.
Steve Buckler
For the most part I enjoyed this book. I love rebels and generally fucked up people and Hopper takes the cake from the late 50s to the late 70s. Then he gets sober and well he's just not so much fun anymore ;-)

He completely ruined my fantasy about Natalie Wood, according to him she was a sex addict often participated in orgies and slept with the producer of "Rebel without a Cause' all while still a teenager, say it ain't so ;-)

The on-going story of who really wrote Easy Rider is a major theme o
May 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This biography reflects it's subject (the drug fueled but occasionally brilliant actor Dennis Hopper) at times, often rambling with diversions into obsessive rabbit holes. The author tells Hopper's story from his Kansas youth to his days as an acolyte of James Dean, the heady days of Easy Rider, his decade blackballed by Hollywood due to insane behavior and finally his return to the big screen in the late 70s and 80s. It also details his expansive drug use and his troubled relationships with wom ...more
I have to give the author kudos for taking precise notes on what his resources say and that he does his research to confirm the accuracy of the resources statements and clarify the correction in his book, but I found there was more detail than I really was wanting to know. I also found it confusing when the author put more than one resources statements back-to-back. I had to reread a paragraph now and again to make sure I was understanding which source had what perspective on Mr Hopper.

I guess I
Waylon Cambodia
Great for References, dates and situations. Regrettably poorly printed(typos, bad punctuation)
Dale Stonehouse
As crazy as this book made Hopper, and he was, his story just was not that interesting. Maybe a movie fanatic will like it better.
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