Dennis Hopper by Peter L. Winkler
The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel

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One of America's most intriguing show-business luminaries and true rebels, Dennis Hopper's amazing life was a roller-coaster series of triumphs and failures. Always intent on proving his genius and leaving a legacy, the Emmy and Oscar-nominated Hopper acted in more than 115 movies and four TV series, directed seven films, and passionately pursued an artist's life as a photographer and creator and collector of modern art, embracing the work of artists like Warhol and Lichtenstein before the label “pop art” was even coined. Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel explores Hopper's life from his lonely childhood in Kansas, where he became determined to win the affection of others by becoming a great artist, to his often drug-fueled days and nights in Hollywood and his spiritual home in Taos, New Mexico.

From Hopper's early days in Hollywood, where he had an affair with 16-year-old Natalie Wood and took acting lessons from James Dean while making Rebel Without a Cause and Giant, his '60s head trips and the making of Easy Rider, the crushing failure of The Last Movie and his lost years in Taos, to his recovery and political right turn in the '80s, Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel unsparingly documents his journey from a self-destructive bad boy to a reformed member of the Hollywood establishment and iconic survivor of the counterculture. The book also delves into Hopper's tumultuous personal life, including his dramatic attempt to divorce his last wife while he battled terminal cancer.

This is the first book to cover the entire life and career of the man who hung out with James Dean, Elvis Presley, and Jack Nicholson, costarred in and directed Easy Rider, and came back big in Blue Velvet, overcoming years of alcoholism and drug addiction. Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel is a must-have for Hopper's fans, film buffs, and readers hooked on celebrity scandals.

 

About Peter L. Winkler

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Peter L. Winkler is an esteemed film historian and writer whose work has appeared in a variety of publications, including CineFan, crimemagazine.com, Filmfax, popmatters.com and Playboy. Born in 1956, he graduated with academic honors from the University of California, LA in 1978. He resides in No. Hollywood, CA.
 
Published September 16, 2011 by Barricade Books. 432 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Though the publishers proclaim this to be the first book on the entire life and film career of the flamboyant actor-director-artist, film historian Winkler's occasionally tedious narrative will leave readers hoping for a better one.

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Independent.ie

It would be hard to argue that Hollywood corrupted Dennis Hopper, because almost as soon as he got there he was up to no good.

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Huntington News

"Dennis Hopper" is the first book to cover the entire life and career of the man who hung out with James Dean, Elvis Presley, and Jack Nicholson, costarred in and directed "Easy Rider" -- perhaps his most famous film -- and came back big in "Blue Velvet", overcoming years of alcoholism and drug ...

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Scotsman.com

Dean – truculent, impulsive, volatile – became his idol;

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London Review of Books

Victoria Hopper claimed that he was being held incommunicado by his other children, one of whom was ‘pulling her father out of his bed and driving him to the divorce lawyers’, while the Hopper family were granted a restraining order against Victoria to prevent her from ‘harassing, attacking, stri...

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Peter Winkler is the author of Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel (Barricade Books, 2011).

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The life of Dennis Hopper was filled with a series of triumphs and failures.

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