Easy Rider, Raging Bulls follows the wild ride that was Hollywood in the 70s - an unabashed celebration of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll (both on screen and off) and a climate where innovation and experimentation reigned supreme.
©1999 Peter Biskind; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Peter Biskind's great, scathing, news-packed history...is one hell of an elixir - salty with flavorsome gossip, sour with the aftertaste of misspent careers, intoxicating with one revelation after another...an 'A.'" (Entertainment Weekly)
Real Eye Opener!
This book is fascinating if you studied film in the '70's or are a film buff. We idolized these guys, analyzed their movies with great seriousness, intently picked apart all the details, wrote papers on them...hearing the back story here completely floored me. All these guys are people just like us, only they were given free reign to go berserk professionally, financially and many times personally. I adored this book, I laughed out loud all the way through it. An amazing bunch of guys (and a few of the wives and girlfriends stand out too), they made movies I've never stopped loving, but this book did me a favor and brought them out of my college days' perceived god status of them and brought them down to earth.
Yes, just as good. He is only suited for a certain type of book and this is definitely one of them!
Way too long to do that but I HATED to finally reach the end. In theory, yes.
This is a great education about the wonderkids of Hollywood. I'm sure the people talked about by the author would love to have this book banned. Sorry, no banning in America. They are just like you and me, except they make millions of dollars and live in unreal worlds. If you like living history and gossip, you'll love this book.
I don't doubt that most, if not all, of this book's revelations about Hollywood's hero directors and producers of the 1970s are true. It's just that after a while, tale after tale of drugs, sex, megalomania, insecurity, outright insanity and more drugs begins to wear one down. No attempt is made to explore or illuminate the creative brilliance and the process behind it that filmmakers like Scorsese, Coppola and Friedkin unleashed in the 1970s; rather, it unloads a triple serving of dirty laundry alone, leaving the reader wondering how timeless films like The Godfather and Taxi Driver actually managed to get completed. If you're looking for a balanced review of Hollywood history, look elsewhere. If you enjoy gawking at car wrecks, you may just love this book!
The book's structure is somewhat frustrating at times, taking an almost purely chronological approach. This means the author frequently jumps between the stories of several different movies in production before finishing any of them, and the large cast of characters can get confusing with so much skipping around.
The narrator does a great job. His tone and reading style perfectly fit the nature of the material.
I found myself wanting to rewatch (or see for the first time) many of the films covered in the book. Film aficionados should probably add it to their reading list, but be forewarned that you're probably going to want to take a shower after you finish!
I found this book riveting and incisive with great detail picked up from interviews with the actual people the book is about. This no holds bared audiobook is well worth listening to and I'm finding myself wanting more of the same. I'll also be checking out some of the movies mentioned in the book to see what all the fuss was about.
Most of the stuff in this book made my eyes squint in confusion. It made me think, "Who Cares". I thought I would hear about the film business not how long Hopper drank or who Beatty was made at. I thought I'd hear casting decisions and reasons for them. About 20% of this book is interesting enough to keep me awake, but just barely. My review is ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz!
"Bitchy and Sensationalist intrigue from Hollywood"
This is great value for money, its a long and interesting listen.
A friend recommended this book years ago and I couldn't get into it. But it really works as an audio book.
No one really comes out of this book well apart from perhaps Jack Nicholson. These great women and men are reduced to ego-maniac, childish bullies and nerds. Biskind's style is very sensationalist,scurrilous and yet compelling.
The narrator is superb and his delivery is measured, waspish and hilarious.
A great listen.
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