Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls
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Author Peter Biskind
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Publication date
1998
ISBN 978-0684857084

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and Rock 'N Roll Generation Saved Hollywood is a book written by Peter Biskind and published by Simon and Schuster in 1998. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls is about the 1970s Hollywood, a stand-alone period of American film which brought about films such as The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Chinatown, Taxi Driver, Jaws, Star Wars, The Exorcist and The Last Picture Show. The title is taken from films which bookend the era: Easy Rider (1969) and Raging Bull (1980). The book follows Hollywood on the brink of the Vietnam War with a group of Hollywood film directors known as the "movie brats", beginning in the 1960s and ending in the 1980s.

The book was the basis of a 2003 documentary film of the same name directed by Kenneth Bowser and narrated by actor William H. Macy. It was screened out of competition at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.[1] Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 100% based on reviews from 8 critics.[2]

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Several of the film-makers profiled in the book have criticized Biskind. Robert Altman denounced both the book and Biskind's methods, stating that, "It was hate mail. We were all lured into talking to this guy because people thought he was a straight guy but he was filling a commission from the publisher for a hatchet job. He's the worst kind of human being I know."[3]

Francis Ford Coppola was similarly critical, noting that Biskind only interviewed people who had a negative view on him and caricatured his work and life. Roger Ebert noted that Steven Spielberg told him about Easy Riders, Raging Bulls that, ""Every single word in that book about me is either erroneous, or a lie."[4] Ebert himself notes that, "Biskind has a way of massaging his stories to suit his agenda." Peter Bogdanovich himself was furious, noting that Biskind did not interview him extensively for the book, and regards the entire work as spurious as scholarship.[5]

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