Hopper by Tom Folsom
A Journey into the American Dream

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The stupendously messy Hopper fails to do justice to its subject, turning him into an excuse for sub-workshop sentences.
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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.


About Tom Folsom

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Tom Folsom is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Mad Ones: Crazy Joe Gallo and The Revolution at the Edge of the Underworld. Folsom is also the co-author of Mr. Untouchable: The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of Heroin's Teflon Don, written with its subject, drug-kingpin Nicky Barnes, who was the basis of the film American Gangster. Folsom is also a writer, director, and producer of documentaries and his work has appeared at Sundance, on A&E, and Showtime. He lives in New York City.
Published March 5, 2013 by It Books. 339 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Vadim Rizov on Mar 04 2013

The stupendously messy Hopper fails to do justice to its subject, turning him into an excuse for sub-workshop sentences.

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