Hopper

Hopper : 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 388 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 340.19g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0062223410
  • 9780062223418
  • 1,236,328

Review quote

"Hip...frank...a rich portrayal of an unconventional, free-wheeling thinker whose checkered experiences shock and beguile on the page."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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The chopper-riding hippie outlaw in Easy Rider. Theprophetic madman in the jungle in Apocalypse Now. Thekid gone wrong in Rebel Without a Cause. Dennis Hopperhas been described as a rebel, an icon, an addict plagued bydemons, and one of the most important champions of the popartmovement. Friend to Warhol, muse to David Lynch, andmentor to Sean Penn, Dennis Hopper built a career that wasa half-century of rebellion waged at the edge of Americanpopular culture.

Tom Folsom's Hopper is a wild ride through Dennis's manylives. Featuring hundreds of interviews with Hopper's fellowactors, artists, musicians, and residents of Taos, New Mexico, as well as his ex-wives and many other people who knewhim, Hopper takes you on an extraordinary--and sometimestroubling--journey. Tom Folsom has crafted a biography asunconventional as Dennis Hopper himself.
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Rating details

156 ratings
3.24 out of 5 stars
5 13% (20)
4 26% (40)
3 40% (63)
2 15% (24)
1 6% (9)
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