Hopper LP: A Journey Into the American Dream

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The chopper-riding hippie outlaw in Easy Rider. Theprophetic madman in the jungle in Apocalypse Now. Thekid gone wrong in Rebel Without a Cause. Dennis Hopperhas been described as a rebel, an icon, an addict plagued bydemons, and one of the most important champions of the popartmovement. Friend to Warhol, muse to David Lynch, andmentor to Sean Penn, Dennis Hopper built a career that wasa half-century of rebellion waged at the edge of Americanpopular culture.

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Overview

The chopper-riding hippie outlaw in Easy Rider. Theprophetic madman in the jungle in Apocalypse Now. Thekid gone wrong in Rebel Without a Cause. Dennis Hopperhas been described as a rebel, an icon, an addict plagued bydemons, and one of the most important champions of the popartmovement. Friend to Warhol, muse to David Lynch, andmentor to Sean Penn, Dennis Hopper built a career that wasa half-century of rebellion waged at the edge of Americanpopular culture.

Tom Folsom's Hopper is a wild ride through Dennis's manylives. Featuring hundreds of interviews with Hopper's fellowactors, artists, musicians, and residents of Taos, New Mexico,as well as his ex-wives and many other people who knewhim, Hopper takes you on an extraordinary—and sometimestroubling—journey. Tom Folsom has crafted a biography asunconventional as Dennis Hopper himself.

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“Guns, motorcycles, mug shots, drugs, paintings, madness. Even by Hollywood standards, Dennis Hopper led an extraordinary life…Tom Folsom structures Hopper, his book about the man, in a time-bending, sensational style reminiscent of Hopper’s most out-there projects.”
Vanity Fair
“Tom Folsom tears through the life of Dennis Hopper in Hopper: A Journey into the American Dream.”
GQ
“Rollicking.”
New York Observer
“Mr. Folsom plays the part of [Hopper’s] spiritual medium, taking us through each chapter of the Kansas-born, James Dean-worshipping, psychedelic psychotic’s life, describing exactly what was going through the mind of the semi-tragic American almost-hero at each juncture.”
Peter Biskind
“Fortunately for him, Dennis Hopper has gotten the biographer he deserves. Which is to say, Folsom’s gonzo prose pulsates with Hopper’s manic energy and fits his madness like a glove.”
Douglas Brinkley
“Tom Folsom’s Hopper is an electric and rollicking, tour de force profile of Hollywood’s great outlaw chameleon. All the wild-eyed stories and high-octane pathos in these pages make me miss the edgy, ‘grand artiste’ Hopper anew. A knockout book!”
Ralph "Sonny" Barger
"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."
Philippe Mora
“Essential reading for anyone interested in Dennis Hopper, the explosive sixties, Hollywood, American cinema, and the art of the twentieth century. But watch out—this visceral book puts you right in it, and some of it is jaw-dropping.”
Henry Jaglom
“What a terrific book about Dennis Hopper—he would have loved it and hated it. Beautifully written, stunningly accurate, Hopper captures all the wonderful and terrifying contradictions of the sweet, sad, funny, angry, and loving man that was Dennis.”
Karen Black
“Dennis Hopper was unlike any human I’ve ever met: consumed with passion for his subject, aesthetically brave, yet possessing a gentle heart. Though I would have said it couldn’t be done, Tom Folsom has captured the real Dennis.”
Wall Street Journal
“Folsom has neatly framed actor Dennis Hopper.”
New York Post
“Folsom carries the reader on a caffeine-and-other-substance-fueled ride.”
Ralph “Sonny” Barger
“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.”
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“Guns, motorcycles, mug shots, drugs, paintings, madness. Even by Hollywood standards, Dennis Hopper led an extraordinary life…Tom Folsom structures Hopper, his book about the man, in a time-bending, sensational style reminiscent of Hopper’s most out-there projects.”
GQ
“Rollicking.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062223418
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Edition description: Larger Pri
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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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