Hopper: A Journey Into the American Dream

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Hopper: A Journey Into the American Dream

Format:  Hardcover,

305 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Mar 2013

ISBN-13: 9780062206947

ISBN-10: 006220694X

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James Dean to Hopper"I saw what you did today. Today you were great."

Jack Nicholson to Hopper"We're geniuses, you know that?Isn't it great to be a genius?"

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 who longed to be the next Orson Welles. The hell-raising director who revolutionized Hollywood. An enigmatic man from Dodge City, Kansas, on an endless quest to realize the American Dream.

Dennis Hopper has been described as a rebel, an icon, an addict plagued by demons, and one of the most important champions of the pop-art movement. Friend to Warhol, muse to David Lynch, mentor to Sean Penn, champion of Ice-T, Dennis Hopper built a career that was a half-century of rebellion waged at the edge of American popular culture.

Tom Folsom's Hopper is a wild ride through Dennis's many lives. Featuring hundreds of interviews with Hopper's fellow actors, artists, musicians, and residents of Taos, New Mexico (where he spent much of his most manic time), as well as his ex-wives and many other people who knew him, Hopper takes you on an extraordinary--and sometimes troubling--journey. From Dennis's early days with his grandparents on a dusty farm in Kansas, where he watched trains go by on their way to Los Angeles, to his formative time in Hollywood as one of a bright new crop of actors straddling the edge of the studio system, to the rebellious 1960s and the start of the independent film movement, to the drug-addled 1970s and beyond, when Hopper staged one of the greatest Hollywood comebacks of all time--Tom Folsom has crafted a biography as unconventional as Dennis Hopper himself.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Mar 2013
ISBN-13: 9780062206947
ISBN-10: 006220694X
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 305
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.1
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.41 x 1.13 x 9.3

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2013-02-15)

Starting out as a James Dean-wannabe, Dennis Hopper ultimately garnered respect as an actor, as well as a painter, art collector, and photographer. His heavy immersion in drugs and drug culture, however, almost ruined his career. Folsom (The Mad Ones: Crazy Joe Gallo and the Revolution at the Edge of the Underworld) tells the story of a rebellious Kansas farm boy who made his way to New York and eventually Hollywood, where he alienated nearly everyone.

His involvement in the seminal 1969 hit Easy Rider gave him the ability to make his own film two years later, the financially and critically disastrous The Last Movie. Folsom discusses the ups and downs of Hopper's career in this obscenity-laced biography, which details numerous private conversations but gives no attribution of sources. The style is distinctly idiosyncratic (he often refers to his subject as "our hero") and almost seems to be attempting to re-create Dennis Hopper's own vernacular.

Verdict: Hopper deserves serious biographical attention and this book is not it. But it should appeal to a more open-minded readership and those who are particularly into cinema of the 1960s and 1970's.

-Roy Liebman, formerly with California State Univ., Los Angeles

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

James Dean to Hopper

"I saw what you did today. Today you were great."

Jack Nicholson to Hopper

"We're geniuses, you know that?

Isn't it great to be a genius?"

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 who longed to be the next Orson Welles. The hell-raising director who revolutionized Hollywood. An enigmatic man from Dodge City, Kansas, on an endless quest to realize the American Dream.

Dennis Hopper has been described as a rebel, an icon, an addict plagued by demons, and one of the most important champions of the pop-art movement. Friend to Warhol, muse to David Lynch, mentor to Sean Penn, champion of Ice-T, Dennis Hopper built a career that was a half-century of rebellion waged at the edge of American popular culture.

Tom Folsom's Hopper is a wild ride through Dennis's many lives. Featuring hundreds of interviews with Hopper's fellow actors, artists, musicians, and residents of Taos, New Mexico (where he spent much of his most manic time), as well as his ex-wives and many other people who knew him, Hopper takes you on an extraordinary—and sometimes troubling—journey. From Dennis's early days with his grandparents on a dusty farm in Kansas, where he watched trains go by on their way to Los Angeles, to his formative time in Hollywood as one of a bright new crop of actors straddling the edge of the studio system, to the rebellious 1960s and the start of the independent film movement, to the drug-addled 1970s and beyond, when Hopper staged one of the greatest Hollywood comebacks of all time—Tom Folsom has crafted a biography as unconventional as Dennis Hopper himself.

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