Author: Peter Biskind
Original publication date: March 3, 1998
Nowadays, we all know legendary filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Dennis Hopper for their important, long-lasting contributions to cinema. Back in the 1960s and '70s, though, they were young, hungry, free-wheeling directors on the rise, snorting cocaine, partying hard, and working even harder to establish themselves as Hollywood's most promising new wave.
The days when The Godfather and Mean Streets were as-yet-unreleased passion projects are explored in serious detail by Biskind's lively Easy Riders, Raging Bulls. The author spoke to practically every major player from that era, including Warren Beatty, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Peter Bogdanovich, and William Friedkin; through a seamless mixture of his own reporting and their candid words, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls sheds light on the days when Hollywood's new class was on the verge of game-changing greatness. —MB