512 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 1.2 in
March 26, 1999
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 acr
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
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.