A Journey into the American Dream
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As unconventional a biography as Dennis Hopper was a man, Hopper: A Journey into the American Dream by Tom Folsom charts his roller coaster life and career through the lens of the landscape of American popular culture.
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, a friendship that set Dennis Hopper on his path to becoming a star. A quintessentially American dreamer longing to be the next Orson Welles. The hell-raising director who revolutionized Hollywood.
Dennis Hopper’s extraordinary journey takes him to superhero highs and plummeting lows. Capturing the magic and the madness of his American Dream, Hopper is a wild ride through Dennis’s many lives. Written in a rebel spirit, complemented with iconic photographs, and packed with insights from his fellow actors, artists, and friends, Hopper tells the story of a half-century of rebellion waged at the edge of pop culture.
From Publishers Weekly
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Where was the editor
It was interesting to read the author's descriptions of Hopper's emotionally frenetic personal and professional lives. However, the book is poorly structured. It needed the hand of a skillful editor. The only thing I can think of is that the author was trying to be artsy and construct a book that was jumbled, distracted and unfocused much like his subject Hopper. If this is the case he missed the mark.
I was there. It was the tumultuous sixties rolling into the seventies. Hoppy was a big piece of those times. Lost for a while there, but came back with dignity and art. Tom Folsom tells the tale with style, humor, and grit. A tale well worth the telling. A must read for anyone that lived, loved, and got high in the sixties.