Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 512 pages, 3.32 × 2.17 × 0.47 in
Published: March 26, 1999
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0684857081
ISBN - 13: 9780684857084
Read from the Book
Introduction: Knockin'' on Heaven''s Door "Some friends of mine were saying the ''70s was the last Golden Age. I said, ''How can you say that?'' They replied, ''Well, you had all these great directors making picture after picture. You had Altman, Coppola, Spielberg, Lucas....''" Martin Scorsese February 9, 1971, 6:01 in the morning. A scattering of cars, headlights glowing fuzzily in the predawn gloom, had just begun to navigate the freeways as the first commuters sleepily sipped coffee out of Styrofoam cups and listened to the early morning news. A high of 71 degrees was expected. The Manson trial, now in the penalty phase, was still titillating the city of Los Angeles. Suddenly, the ground started to shake violently, not like the rolling, almost soothing motion of previous earthquakes. This was an abrupt heaving and falling that was terrifying in its intensity and duration, threatening to go on forever. For many, the 6.5 quake felt like the Big One. Manson''s girls would claim later that Charlie himself had brought it down on the sinners tormenting him. Over in Burbank, Martin Scorsese was jolted out of bed. He had just gotten a big break, an editing job at Warner Bros., and had arrived from New York a few weeks earlier. Marty was staying at the Toluca Motel, across the street from the lot. Dreaming of rare books when he heard a rumble, he imagined he was in the subway. "I jumped out of bed, looked out the window," he recalls. "Everything was shaking. Lightning was slashing
Table of Contents
Introduction: Knockin'' on Heaven''s Door
One: Before the Revolution
Two: "Who Made Us Right?"
Three: Exile on Main Street
Four: The Moviegoer
Five: The Man Who Would Be King
Six: Like a Rolling Stone
Seven: Sympathy for the Devil
Eight: The Gospel According to St. Martin
Nine: The Revenge of the Nerd
Ten: Citizen Cain
Eleven: Star Bucks
Twelve: Coming Apart
Thirteen: The Eve of Destruction
Fourteen: "We Blew It"
Cast of Characters
Selected Filmography of Directors (1967-1982)
From the Publisher
When the low-budget biker movie Easy Rider shocked
Hollywood with its success in 1969, a new Hollywood era was born.
This was an age when talented young filmmakers such as Scorsese,
Coppola, and Spielberg, along with a new breed of actors, including
De Niro, Pacino, and Nicholson, became the powerful figures who
would make such modern classics as The Godfather, Chinatown,
Taxi Driver, and Jaws. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls
follows the wild ride that was Hollywood in the ''70s -- an
unabashed celebration of sex, drugs, and rock ''n'' roll (both
onscreen and off) and a climate where innovation and
experimentation reigned supreme. Based on hundreds of interviews
with the directors themselves, producers, stars, agents, writers,
studio executives, spouses, and ex-spouses, this is the full,
candid story of Hollywood''s last golden age.
MARTIN SCORSESE ON DRUGS: "I did a lot of drugs
because I wanted to do a lot, I wanted to push all the way to the
very very end, and see if I could die."
DENNIS HOPPER ON EASY RIDER: "The
cocaine problem in the United States is really because of me. There
was no cocaine before Easy Rider on the street. After
Easy Rider, it was everywhere."
GEORGE LUCAS ON STAR WARS: "Popcorn
pictures have always ruled. Why do people go see them? Why is the
public so stupid? That''s not my fault."
About the Author
Peter Biskind is the former executive editor of
Premiere and former editor in chief of American
Film. He is the author of two previous books, Seeing Is
Believing: How Hollywood Taught Us to Stop Worrying and Love the
Fifties and The Godfather Companion. His work has
appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times,
The Washington Post, and Rolling Stone, among other
publications. He is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.
He lives in New York City.
From Our Editors
During the loose days of 1970s Hollywood, the young filmmakers and
their entourages brought sex, drugs and rock 'n roll behind the
scenes of the silver screen. By revisiting the days when FBI agents
escorted Martin Scorsese to the Academy Awards, Warren Beatty
depended on his love life to choose his movie projects and other
behind-the-scenes secrets, Peter Biskind recreates
a decade that changed American culture forever in Easy
Riders, Raging Bulls. The juicy tidbits of Hollywood
gossip makes this book fascinatingly gruesome.
Brian Gunn San Francisco Chronicle Biskind is a magician
at prying revealing yarns and juicy quotes out of his subjects. And
the resulting scenarios are deliciously tawdry...moments of real
intelligence and grace.