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Hopper: New Bio on Dennis 'Easy Rider' Hopper

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Easy Rider  Billy the Kid and Captain America
A new book called Hopper is coming out soon, based on the life of the Easy Rider himself, Dennis Hopper.
“What the hell is wrong with freedom? That's what it's all about.”

You tell ‘em Billy. Ride your Panhead hardtail with abondon. Let the tassles of your buckskin jacket blow wildly in the breeze. Dennis Hopper has been flicking his middle finger at the establishment since his Easy Rider days, both in his personal and professional lives, and that’s one reason he has long endeared himself to the biker community.

Gotta love Hopper. His roles can be as gritty and gripping as they come. Remember Frank Booth? “Heineken? F*%K that sh!t! Pabst Blue Ribbon!” How about the photojournalist in Apocalypse Now? “This is the way the f*%king world ends. Look at this f*%cking sh!t we’re in man. Not with a bang, but with a whimper.” Anybody who can convey a play on T.S. Eliot’s words while chaos unfolds around them is all right in my book.

And that’s where all this is leading. A new book on Dennis Hopper’s life will soon be out. Tom Folsom has written a biography on Hopper based on those who knew him best. According to the company promoting the bio, simply titled Hopper, Sonny Barger said “Dennis did a lot for motorcycling with his movie Easy Rider. Folsom has written a book that shows Dennis’s life like it was: crazy but brilliant.”

So if you’re in need of a good read, keep your eyes out for the new Dennis Hopper bio published by HarperCollins. If you lived your life like Hopper, there’s no way the story can be boring. Hopefully it does justice to the enigmatic man whose roles mirrored his life. Below is a bit more info about the book, due to be released in March, courtesy of the James Fitzgerald Agency.

The chopper-riding hippie outlaw in Easy Rider. The prophetic madman in the jungle in Apocalypse Now. The terrifying psychopath in Blue Velvet. The kid gone wrong in Rebel Without a Cause. The actor taken under the wing of James Dean who longed to be the next Orson Welles. The hell-raising director who revolutionized Hollywood. An enigmatic man from Dodge City, Kansas, on an endless quest to realize the American Dream.

Hopper by Tom Folsom
Dennis Hopper has been described as a rebel, an icon, an addict plagued by demons, and one of the most important champions of the pop-art movement. Friend to Warhol, muse to David Lynch, mentor to Sean Penn, champion of Ice-T, Dennis Hopper built a career that was a half-century of rebellion waged at the edge of American pop culture.

Tom Folsom’s Hopper is a wild ride through Dennis’s many lives. Featuring hundreds of interviews with Hopper’s fellow actors, artists, musicians, and residents of Taos, New Mexico (where he spent much of his most manic time), as well as his ex-wives and many other people who knew him, Hopper takes you on an extraordinary—and sometimes troubling—journey. From Dennis’s early days with his grandparents on a dusty farm in Kansas, where he watched trains go by on their way to Los Angeles, to his formative time in Hollywood as one of a bright new crop of actors straddling the edge of the studio system, to the rebellious 1960s and the start of the independent film movement, to the drug-addled 1970s and beyond, when Hopper staged one of the greatest Hollywood comebacks of all time—Tom Folsom has crafted a biography as unconventional as Dennis Hopper himself.

Tom Folsom is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Mad Ones: Crazy Joe Gallo and the Revolution at the Edge of the Underworld. Folsom is also a writer, director, and producer of documentaries, and his work has appeared at Sundance and on A&E and Showtime. He lives in New York City with his wife.
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