Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel

This is Part One of a recent podcast hosted by Tom Sutpen where I discussed Dennis Hopper’s life and career.

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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

“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

 “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

“’Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel’ (2011), is the Hopper biography I was looking for, a serious, exhaustively researched effort that will stand, I think, as the definitive account of the life and work of the director-star of ‘Easy Rider.’ It’s an endlessly compelling read, a scholarly but always entertaining look at an immortal, inimitable figure.”

 

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

“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

 “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

“’Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel’ (2011), is the Hopper biography I was looking for, a serious, exhaustively researched effort that will stand, I think, as the definitive account of the life and work of the director-star of ‘Easy Rider.’ It’s an endlessly compelling read, a scholarly but always entertaining look at an immortal, inimitable figure.”

 

Read the final paragraph of this story. Interestingly, Peter Fonda never mentioned Michael Reeves in his memoir or his 1970 Playboy interview where he discussed the creation of Easy Rider.

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