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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 photOne 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 photographer and creator and collector of modern art, embracing the work of artists like Warhol and Lichtenstein before the label pop art was even coined. Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel explores Hopper's life from his lonely childhood in Kansas, where he became determined to win the affection of others by becoming a great artist, to his often drug-fueled 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 while making Rebel Without a Cause and Giant, his '60s head trips and the making of Easy Rider, the crushing failure of The Last Movie and his lost years in Taos, to his recovery and political right turn in the '80s, Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel unsparingly documents his journey from a self-destructive bad boy to a reformed member of the Hollywood establishment and iconic survivor of the counterculture. The book 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, costarred in and directed Easy Rider, and came back big in Blue Velvet, overcoming years of alcoholism and drug addiction. Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel is a must-have for Hopper's fans, film buffs, and readers hooked on celebrity scandals."...

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  • Bettie☯
    2019-04-26 00:05

    Read by Greg Itzin 16:12:31Description: 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 must-have for Hopper fans, film buffs, and readers hooked on celebrity scandals.Natalie was nothing like the innocent Maria from West Side Story James DeanNick Ray

  • Brian Joynt
    2019-05-15 22:22

    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 spirit, counter-culture, and the gonzo lifestyle. It's too bad Dennis Hopper is gone; it seems he took a big piece of Hollywood with him; the manic, creative intensity that eludes so many in the film community today. Highly recommended.

  • Peter
    2019-04-27 22:26

    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 positively packed with it.”––Irish Independent“Big, gossipy, irreverent”––The Scotsman“Engrossing . . . meticulously researched”––Paperback of the Week, The Irish Times“Entertaining and eventful”––London Review of Books“This is a fluent recapitulation of the drink and the drugs and the womanizing, the yearning for high art and the years slumming it in trash.”––Best Film Books of the Year, London Evening Standard “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“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“Winkler's new biography of the counter-culture symbol . . . is full of tough research and interviews, and reads as fast and furious as the man.”––Patrick McGilligan, author of Jack's Life (a biography of Jack Nicholson) and Nicholas Ray: The Glorious Failure of an American Director“Absolutely riveting. Without a doubt, the definitive biography of this talented, multi-faceted man. Winkler has written the first book to fully document Hopper’s life and work. This is a remarkable chronicle of a flawed, troubled, talented genius.”––Tucson Citizen“Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel is the Hopper biography I was looking for, a serious, exhaustively researched effort that will stand as the definitive account of the life and work of the director-star of Easy Rider. It’s an endlessly compelling read.” ––FilmSwoon“This week I read Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel, and instantly fell in love with the story. So engrossing, so sensational . . . It's the one book you need to pick up and read at some point in your life.”––Canyon News“A readable and remarkably even-handed chronicle of one of Hollywood's wildest cards. Winkler knows his subject––and the territory––and he objectively delivers the goods on Dennis Hopper.”––Stephen M. Silverman, author of David Lean and The Fox That Got Away: The Last Days of the Zanuck Dynasty at 20th Century Fox“Run––don’t walk––to the nearest book vendor and get your hands on a copy. 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. If you’re hooked on celebrity scandals, Winkler provides more than enough of them to satisfy those afflicted with that guilty pleasure.”––HuntingtonNews.net

  • Bill Wallace
    2019-04-26 01:09

    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 of sources is perhaps appropriate to its subject, but as a coherent narrative it ain't great. Credit where due though ... the authorship of Easy Rider is a Rashomon-like puzzle and Winkler explores all the facets in aching detail. Clearly the question mattered a lot to Dennis Hopper and colored the last 2/3 of his life, so the explication here is a kind of lens on the insecurities that defined the man. Me, I want to use the GPS app that Hopper voiced late in his career and I'd like to see Wim Wenders' buried film, Palermo Shooting, with Hopper as Death stalking an artist uneasy in his art.

  • Tom Schulte
    2019-04-21 23:02

    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.

  • Judy
    2019-05-14 03:01

    Very well written and informative. Lots of factual information.

  • Steve Buckler
    2019-04-24 04:26

    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 of the book, in fact he sued Peter Fonda over it and they hated each other for years, though acted like buddies when it was necessary. He also cheated the self claimed real writer (Terry Southern) and refused to give him even 1% of the profits saying all he did was come up with the name. I guess we will never know, nor does it matter at this point. His 1st or 2nd wife (hard to keep up there were 7 including Michelle Phillips for a week)was in the process of divorcing him as "Easy Rider" was being made but told her lawyer she wanted the art but no part of the worthless biker movie, so he lost his early Warhol's and Lichtenstein's but kept the rights to what became one of the largest grossing films in history. Hopper was an artist in all means of the word, from painting and photography to writing, acting and directing he covered all the bases. His friendship and then remorse ever James Dean's death (Hopper was with him for "Rebel and "Giant") left a mark on him for life and he thought at one time it was his job to pick up the "crazy" where Dean left off. He spent his life trying to be James Dean and for the most part it just alienated him in Hollywood.His alcohol and drug abuse he says made him violent and crazy as all his ex wifes will attest (except the last one after he was sober) but even she said he beat her. They were in the process of getting a divorce when he died of colon cancer.He could never get the acting or directing parts he wanted as he had a horrible reputation of telling directors to fuck off and would show up to the set zonked out of his mind. Many said they never knew who would come out of the trailer from day to day "crazy Dennis" or 'normal Dennis" which was still pretty crazy. I was fascinated by the people he hung out with, he knew all the "heads" in the acting world like Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando but also hung out with Warhol and his gang. When he died the paintings he collected went for millions. All in all it's a sad story of a self proclaimed genus and all the things he did to prove how smart and stupid he really was. He was perhaps our last tragic artist!

  • Sherrie
    2019-04-21 23:57

    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 women, from a 16 year old Natalie Wood to his five wives, including his final wife who fought his attempts to gain a deathbed divorce. Of particular interest to many readers is the detailed exploration of the authorship of the Easy Rider screenplay, a question that obsessed Hopper for the last 40 years of his life. This is a bit of a long and disjointed book and not for casual movie fans, but those with a specific interest in the work of Dennis Hopper will find it rewarding.

  • Mer
    2019-05-18 00:02

    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 was looking for something more like a summarization with a dive in now and again for clarify. If you're looking for lots of details, this would be a great book for your education on Mr. Hopper.

  • Waylon Cambodia
    2019-05-17 23:15

    Great for References, dates and situations. Regrettably poorly printed(typos, bad punctuation)

  • Dale Stonehouse
    2019-04-26 23:27

    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.