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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,479 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Biskind Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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When the low-budget biker movie Easy Rider shocked Hollywood with its success in 1969, a new Hollywood era was born. This was an age when talented filmmakers such as Scorcese, Coppola, and Spielberg, along with a new breed of actors, including DeNiro, Pacino, and Nicholson, became the powerful figures who would make such modern classics as The Godfather, Chinatown, Taxi Driver, and Jaws.

Easy Rider, Raging Bulls follows the wild ride that was Hollywood in the 70s - an unabashed celebration of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll (both on screen and off) and a climate where innovation and experimentation reigned supreme. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Jones | 2/20/2014

    " Just so much fun to read, even if I didn't believe it was quite as sordid as he makes it out to be. Great, gossipy stories about all the filmmakers of the 70s, with Hal Ashby as the hero, of sorts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 2/19/2014

    " Accused of fudging the facts and exaggerating on things - Biskind writes a book that I inhale whenever I sit down to read it. I believe it's been about 4 times as of now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick Bongorno | 2/13/2014

    " A fantastic primer on what many film afficianado's consider to be the best decade in cinema. Extremely compelling and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Moran | 2/8/2014

    " The amazing stories behind the best movies of the 1960s and 70s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cagney | 2/6/2014

    " Utlimately, this is celebrity gossip, but it damn good and damn informative, because it is about many of the unknown celebrities. Oxymoron, maybe, but half the people that this book was about changed the face of cinema, and nobody knows who they are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cath Murphy | 2/6/2014

    " Seminal, oft-quoted survey of Hollywood's 'cocaine' era. Less scabrous than 'You'll Never Eat Lunch' but equally revealing of how chance combinations of talent (fostered in this case by the get-togethers at the Salt/Kidman beach house) can suddenly mushroom into fevered creativity. Also once again shows how sudden fame and power totally corrodes self restraint and judgement: Dennis Hopper, Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, Martin Scorsese (who survived talent intact) amongst the fallen - alive but burned out. Fascinating, detailed work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 2/4/2014

    " A tad gossipy, but essential reading for any cinephile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gatlin | 2/3/2014

    " MUST READ for cinephiles; however, on second reading I discovered Biskind is a misogynist. Watch out for that when reading. Lots of gossip and innuendo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 1/24/2014

    " Great book about 1970s American film and the people who rose and fell out of the spotlight during the period "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 1/20/2014

    " If you care about the many great films made by the people during the time period that this bk covers, you have to read this bk. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cameron Rice | 12/22/2013

    " Totally engrossing, great insight and well written "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 10/19/2013

    " She was incredibly naive not to see what was happening right before her eyes, and I found that so frustrating that I yelled at her many times right out loud while I was listening to the book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 10/12/2013

    " I don't understand how anyone got anything done on so much drugs and alcohol. Maybe I should do some coke and see if I get something accomplished. Experiment time? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James barrett | 10/2/2013

    " great insider look at the talents that powered 1970s film and how their own egos destroyed the american new wave. way too negative on star wars. it was the director's ego that took down the art house film, not blockbuster cinema "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 9/15/2013

    " Highly entertaining romp through the movies of the 70s and the people who made them. The book is not negatively saturated with drug/sex stories like some have suggested, rather they are used to supplement the character development of the people being portrayed. Excellent book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Walsh | 6/5/2013

    " I'm a bit of a movie aficianado so the subject matter was inherently interesting. It's a good book about "Hollywood" and it's workings from concept, funding, screenwriting, casting, directing, and making a movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 4/9/2013

    " Very detailed. So many writers, producers, executives you'll certainly forget who's who. However, I found this very interesting. Not a quick read though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 5/25/2012

    " Fascinating examination of American cinema's wunderkind of the 60s/70s. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack Griffin | 5/13/2012

    " Amazing book, all the drama and excitement of a novel but with every character a famous Hollywood player. Great behind-the-scenes stuff, a must read for anyone who sees themselves as a film buff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 chauncey | 3/17/2012

    " a seriously great book on film culture in the 70s. very interesting for anyone who is a film buff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 2/7/2012

    " Highly recommended, especially if you liked Pictures at a Revolution. I'm looking forward to reading Biskind's other movie book, Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabe | 11/30/2011

    " There was a lot of good info and behind the scenes gossip in here but it was a bit muddled, unwieldy and confusing. I did go through it pretty fast though and it made me want to watch or re-watch a few of the movies that were discussed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Micucci | 10/15/2011

    " A brilliant and exciting read, written as if from the time, very freshly edited down to look as if we were a times reading a fiction book. An equivalent of an exciting direct cinema documentary, and a great insight and how things really were in Hollywood in the 60s and 70s, Hollywood's best era. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guy Cranswick | 8/3/2011

    " Great fun and well researched into the 70s era of US movie-making. Great irony in that the directors wanted to emulate their European heroes but were also driven by American business goals which the Europeans were not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 7/26/2011

    " my friend matt lent this to me soo long ago. you bet it's fun to read. i learned a lot, but i didn't learn that dennis hopper is a tad cuckoo. i knew that already. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pip | 4/16/2011

    " The last great era in Hollywood moviemaking when hippies ran the movie business. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 4/5/2011

    " An absolutely wonderful book about the 70's in Hollywood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alec | 3/29/2011

    " Aside from actually watching the movies, this is the most fun way to learn about 70s filmmaking even if a lot of it may be hearsay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriel | 3/10/2011

    " Grande livro, grandes histórias. Muita coisa tem aquela cara de lenda, mas são ótimas lendas.
    Tem alguns poréns, alguns julgamentos carregados de gosto pessoal do autor escondido, mas quem lê além do fator "impressionável" consegue separar as coisas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 10/27/2010

    " A must for anyone who loves movies "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 10/2/2010

    " Amazing book, all the drama and excitement of a novel but with every character a famous Hollywood player. Great behind-the-scenes stuff, a must read for anyone who sees themselves as a film buff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karl | 9/22/2010

    " An incredible behind-the-scenes look at the important American films, film-makers, actors, writers and assorted hangers-on from the early 70's.
    The transition in social culture is really reflected in these juicy tales about the people and movies that are all legendary to us now "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 9/3/2010

    " a cautionary tale of how getting what you want isn't always the best for you artistically and paints a much fuller picture of the self destruction and narcissism of filmakers like altman, scorsese, ashby, coppola, lucas (and many others)

    this review is based on the audiobook "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 9/2/2010

    " I don't understand how anyone got anything done on so much drugs and alcohol. Maybe I should do some coke and see if I get something accomplished. Experiment time? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francesca | 8/9/2010

    " Tons of juice in this book about big name directors of the 70's and early 80's! Wow---they just don't make them like that anymore. Their influence was profound on our culture----some have even survived the drugs and other high risk behaviors and are directing today! (Scorsese, Speilberg) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ravis | 8/7/2010

    " No lover of the salad days of American independent filmmaker should be without this book on their shelves. Insightful, informative, scandalous and often hilarious to boot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 8/4/2010

    " The Freidkin section about the making of Sorcerer is the best -- The meeting between Freidkin, Barry Diller, and Freidkin's carpenter is my favorite part "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 7/23/2010

    " Between nearly getting into knife fights with Rip Torn and generally consuming lots and lots of drugs, Dennis Hopper is a jerk. Also a jerk: Robert Altman. "

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About the Author
Author Peter Biskind

Peter Biskind is a journalist and a former executive editor of Premiere magazine. He is best known for his entertaining and provocative portrayals of life in Hollywood. He is the author of a number of national bestsellers, including Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock ‘N’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood; Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film; and Gods and Monsters: Movers, Shakers, and Other Casualties of the Hollywood Machine. He has written for Rolling Stone, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, and is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.