Easy Rider 40th Anniversary

    Prev Next

    This year marks the 40th anniversary of the movie Easy Rider. Recently released on Blu-ray disc, from this great distance in time some may not understand the profound impact this movie made. In previous years various "biker" flicks featuring outlaw gangs had exploited the image most citizens had of motorcyclists. The Hells Angels even licensed their name and logo to hollywood for "Hells Angels '69", a decision Sonny Barger would later publicly regret. Part of the great appeal of this movie was the visuals of Hopper and Fonda riding in tandem on scenic roads as they traveled across America from Southern California. Encountering locals along the way, crossing bridges over Americas great rivers and all done with a very current rock soundtrack as background. Devoid of the usual "biker tough guy bullshit" the movie accurately portrayed the prejudice bikers encountered from cops and "citizens" during the 60's. Riding my choppers before and after opening my shop, I was stopped by the police on many occasions for "ugly in a no ugly zone". Sturgis was still a small summer gathering of mostly touring riders when I passed through in 1975.

    Julie models our shop t-shirt in a photograph by John Reddick taken in 1974. Scanned from an 8x10 print and post processed in Photoshop CS.

    randomonix, Mel ( RiderBlues ), and 8 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. randomonix 54 months ago | reply

      Most brilliant! exellent write up too! :)

    2. Mel ( RiderBlues ) 54 months ago | reply

      Easy Rider , not the start of a lifestyle , but the movie that brought it out into mainstream north America and spawned a whole new ( and still does ) generation of chopper freaks . I was 12 when the movie hit my hometown . We had a way to sneak into the local theatre to see movies ( most were R rated back then and if you were under 18 forget it ) . We usaully snuck into the early show and snuck out in the crowd . But my friend Pat and I were so enthralled with the movie we stayed for the late show to . We were seen leaving by the owner , who as a friend of my fathers called him ..So when I got home he was waiting , a took a good whipping with the belt listening to his shit about no son of his was going to be a motorcycle bum , druggie piece of shit ... Next night I snuck into the early show again and snuck out .. That spring I got my cousin to teach me how to ride dirt bike and head straight into being a motorcycle bum ... Miss Julie sure did fill out a T ... Points on her own , sitting way up firm and high ....

    3. mcwont 54 months ago | reply

      Mel, excellent reference to Seger's Night Moves lyrics!!! Already a motorcyclist at 23, after seeing the movie I was determined to become a "scooter tramp".

    4. lonniec61 54 months ago | reply

      yup Bob said it best!!!

      nice Tee!!!

    5. Leonb47 [deleted] 54 months ago | reply

      This is hard on an old man !!

    6. Sergio's viewfinder 54 months ago | reply

      AHHHHH... nice of you ta' post this perky photo "mcwont"

      seen in
      Biker Life

    7. amputrex 52 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called 1%, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    keyboard shortcuts: previous photo next photo L view in light box F favorite < scroll film strip left > scroll film strip right ? show all shortcuts