A Journey Into the American Dream
This biography is a wild journey through Dennis Hopper's many lives as one of America's most unconventional actors who staged one of the greatest Hollywood comebacks of all time. Commissioned shortly before his death in 2010, this compelling biography draws on original interviews with an unparalleled array of witnesses to Hopper's life and career, including 'Easy Rider' co-star Peter Fonda and 'Blue Velvet' director David Lynch, to recreate a journey that leads all the way from the Dust Bowl to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It charts his roller coaster life and career through the lens of the landscape of American popular culture. He was 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 was taken under the wing of James Dean, in a friendship that set Dennis Hopper on his path to becoming a star. He was the quintessentially American dreamer longing to be the next Orson Welles, and the hell-raising director who revolutionized Hollywood. His extraordinary journey takes him to superhero highs and plummeting lows. Capturing the magic and the madness of his American Dream, this biography is written in a rebel spirit, complemented with iconic photographs, and packed with insights from his fellow actors, artists, and friends. It tells the story of a half-century of rebellion waged at the edge of pop culture.
New York : ItBooks, ©2013.
vii, 305 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm