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Hopper: A Journey into the American Dream [Format Kindle]

Tom Folsom

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Revue de presse

“Guns, motorcycles, mug shots, drugs, paintings, madness. Even by Hollywood standards, Dennis Hopper led an extraordinary life…Tom Folsom structures Hopper, his book about the man, in a time-bending, sensational style reminiscent of Hopper’s most out-there projects.” (Details)

“Tom Folsom tears through the life of Dennis Hopper in Hopper: A Journey into the American Dream.” (Vanity Fair)

“Rollicking.” (GQ)

“Folsom has neatly framed actor Dennis Hopper.” (Wall Street Journal)

“Mr. Folsom plays the part of [Hopper’s] spiritual medium, taking us through each chapter of the Kansas-born, James Dean-worshipping, psychedelic psychotic’s life, describing exactly what was going through the mind of the semi-tragic American almost-hero at each juncture.” (New York Observer)

“Folsom carries the reader on a caffeine-and-other-substance-fueled ride.” (New York Post)

“Folsom does an admirable job capturing Hopper’s manic and spirited personality in prose.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Hip…frank…a rich portrayal of an unconventional, free-wheeling thinker whose checkered experiences shock and beguile on the page.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“Fortunately for him, Dennis Hopper has gotten the biographer he deserves. Which is to say, Folsom’s gonzo prose pulsates with Hopper’s manic energy and fits his madness like a glove.” (Peter Biskind, New York Times bestselling author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls)

“Tom Folsom’s Hopper is an electric and rollicking, tour de force profile of Hollywood’s great outlaw chameleon. All the wild-eyed stories and high-octane pathos in these pages make me miss the edgy, ‘grand artiste’ Hopper anew. A knockout book!” (Douglas Brinkley, New York Times bestselling author of Cronkite)

“Dennis did a lot for motorcycling with his movie Easy Rider. Folsom has written a book that shows Dennis’s life like it was: crazy but brilliant.” (Ralph “Sonny” Barger, author of the New York Times bestseller Hell's Angel and former head of the Oakland chapter of the Hell's Angels)

“Essential reading for anyone interested in Dennis Hopper, the explosive sixties, Hollywood, American cinema, and the art of the twentieth century. But watch out—this visceral book puts you right in it, and some of it is jaw-dropping.” (Philippe Mora, director of Mad Dog Morgan, starring Dennis Hopper)

“What a terrific book about Dennis Hopper—he would have loved it and hated it. Beautifully written, stunningly accurate, Hopper captures all the wonderful and terrifying contradictions of the sweet, sad, funny, angry, and loving man that was Dennis.” (Henry Jaglom, actor, playwright, and director of Tracks, starring Dennis Hopper)

“Dennis Hopper was unlike any human I’ve ever met: consumed with passion for his subject, aesthetically brave, yet possessing a gentle heart. Though I would have said it couldn’t be done, Tom Folsom has captured the real Dennis.” (Karen Black, actress and Dennis Hopper's costar in Easy Rider)

Présentation de l'éditeur

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.


Détails sur le produit

  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 3823 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 339 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0062206958
  • Editeur : It Books (5 mars 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0089LOHW4
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Amazon.com: 3.4 étoiles sur 5  37 commentaires
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Pretentious & badly written 23 mars 2013
Par M. Ritchie - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The author thinks he's Tom Wolfe, but he has a long way to go. This disjointed, poorly written book is not a biography, but a collection of drafts and sketches for chapters of a book. Hopper would make a good subject for a biography, but Folsom doesn't even begin to bring him to life. Folsom's concern is more for flashy word choice and shifts in typography. The shame is that Folsom seems to have had access to some interesting interview subjects, but almost completely wasted his chance to tell Hopper's story and get at what make him tick--Folsom seems to think that, like Charles Foster Kane, Hopper has a core moment or memory or incident that he never forgot and that may have ruled his life, but Folsom is unable to get near it, except that it may have been somewhere in Hopper's Kansas childhood. The chunk of the book on the making of The Last Movie is compelling, but nothing else in the book is worth much. Here's hoping someone else takes on job of telling Hopper's life.
11 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Not again . . . 16 mai 2013
Par Kovacs - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I was excited when I saw a biography of Dennis Hopper had been written, but then I read several pages and was disappointed. I then realized the author was the same man who wrote the book "The Mad Ones" and I went, "Oh no." The Hopper book is as pretentious, poorly written and confusing as "The Mad Ones." A good biographer should be invisible to the reader, but these books are more about showing off Folsom's writing style, such as it is. Hopper deserves a more traditional biography. The gimmick of this biography is the writing style matches Hopper's uninhibited life. That might make for a nice gimmick, but not an enriching reading experience.
12 internautes sur 14 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 wannabe gonzo journalism 28 avril 2013
Par Ms. Parker - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I understand Mr. Folsom's aims in wanting to produce a biography as turbocharged as his subject, but the writing is often so confused and confusing that I would have to stop and reread sections--and there are grammatical howlers on almost every other page. Hopper's life and time deserve a rich and resonant telling; this is not it.
11 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Subject....Horrible Writer !! 12 avril 2013
Par Jersey Jeff - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
I was looking forward to reading this book about Dennis Hopper. It quickly became apparent to me that the journey was going to be slow and painful. The book is about an "Easy Rider" but it is certainly no Easy Reader. The "writer" seems to think that he is a contestant in the "who can write the longest and most complex sentences" contest. His style sucks and is almost unreadable. I'd pass on this book if I was you!
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 PUFF 'N STUFF 22 mars 2013
Par Richard Masloski - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"VAROOOOMMMMM!!!!!!!
VAROOOOMMMM!!!!!!!!!
VAROOOOOOOMMM!!!!!!"

"POW!!!!!"

"CRAAAASSSHHHH!!!!!"

And there is alot more like the above found within the pages of this ersatz Gonzo book on the late, great Dennis Hopper. Not only is stuff like the above totally puerile and more in tune with the BATMAN series from the sixties, it also wastes page space that could and should have been devoted to deeper things.

Folsom's book is a jumbled speed-read that will leave most true Hopper fans thirsty for more. Lots more!!! Thankfully, that "more" is to be had in Peter L. Winkler's splendid, in-depth 2011 book DENNIS HOPPER: THE WILD RIDE OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL. The earlier book covers whole continents that HOPPER's author never set foot on or even explored from his armchair.

Curious also are the reviews thus far on Amazon. Most all sound similar in voice. All announce the full name right up front - Tom Folsom! Most all are the only reviews posted by the reviewers. Be these ardent and true fans of Dennis Hopper - or more so of Tom Folsom?

TOM FOLSOM!!!!! VAROOMMMM!!!! CRAAASSHHHHH!!!

I wonder.
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