And was shrewd. And generous with his knowledge. A most interesting man. Jan 27, Robert rated it it was amazing. Tom Folsom portrays in great prose, worthy of the mad and extraordinary life lead by Dennis Hopper, the essence of the man for whom the term "out-there" seems tailor-made. Drugs, lovers, motorcycles, and the art he loved to collect and create are all examined and detailed in Folsom's clever take on this crazed genius.
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A memorable life; a memorable book. Apr 06, Rui Carlos da Cunha rated it it was amazing Shelves: photography , american , law-enforcement , hollywoodland , biography , oscar-academy-award-winner , gonzo-style-journalism , taos-new-mexico , peru , spirituality. Just finished this wild and sprawling tale of a demented cowboy from Kansas roped into the coke-addled world of Hollywood, only to find that he is no Anthony Hopkins. Fucking amazing, man. I really mean it, fucking amazing. Mar 17, Malcolm Frawley rated it liked it.
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Folsom warns us the beginning that this will not be a traditional biography but I couldn't help feeling that this book was as much about its author as it was about its supposed subject. Mar 09, Armando rated it really liked it. Great biography on Dennis Hopper. Crazy life he had. An artist and visionaire with his virtues and mistakes.
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Recommended to anyone interested in his life, hollywood, movies or hippies! Apr 06, Jack Schultz rated it liked it. Not a conventional documentary.
Written in a style that reminds one of Hopper. Very enjoyable. Mar 13, Dotty rated it liked it. The man was a hot mess - but a fascinating hot mess! Aug 29, Jcb rated it liked it. The author warns readers up front that if they're looking for a dry, detailed filmography, they've come to the wrong place. True that. Tom Folsom writes a loosey-goosey, fast-paced bio about one the more interesting film stars ever. And yet, somehow, the book still drags; so caught up in drugs and drama, some fundamental element seems to be missing from the story.
This book was "unauthorized," so credit to Folsom for tracking down the quotes and interviews that he was able to, but some of these really go nowhere: like the description of Hopper's fishing trip with John Lurie. What was the point of that sequence?
And why so much ink devoted to Hopper's second directorial attempt: The Last Movie? This biography is like an impressionist painting: lots of quick splotches. Maybe my brain just doesn't work that way. For example, the author says of Dennis Hopper's time as an in-patient in a drug and alcohol facility: "This was rehab when it was really fucking rehab.
Rehab just ain't what it used to be? In what ways?
Another time the author refers to police arresting DH as "pigs. It wasn't a quote, it was the author's word. So, points for giving readers an overview of the crazy world of Dennis Hopper, but this book leaves a lot of meat on the bone. Somewhat recommended. Feb 09, Ernest Hogan rated it it was amazing.
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I was expecting this to be a counterculture nostalgia lark of a read, but it kept surprising me. It didn't turn out to be another story of genius self-destructing on cocaine. It's about creative genius surviving in corporate Hollywood. What is real success anyway? The American Dream refuses to die. And it helps that Tom Folsom is a helluva writer.
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The book reads like a novel. Could be easily adapted into a screenplay. Aug 26, Terri rated it liked it Shelves: biography , film , art , cpl , thes. This isn't one of those thorough, completely chronological, academic biographies. You get the feeling Folsom wanted this to be as cool and strange and slightly off-center as Hopper himself. That aspect of it gets annoying, but maybe sometimes Folsom was able to use that tone in personal situations to get some interesting stories and quotes out of people, and to be able to fit them into the book.
At times Folsom's tale gets too disjointed. Content is secondary to an attempt at style. I will need This isn't one of those thorough, completely chronological, academic biographies. I will need to read other sources to get a complete picture. That said, there are some good nuggets here, and the suggestion of some interesting patterns that will pop more readily and be more meaningful to readers who already have some knowledge of the eras, people, and places in Hopper's world.
Folsom's bio is a sort of a sketch with some color and now and then nice detail, but it's impressionistic at best. Apr 22, Christopher rated it really liked it. Understanding Dennis Hopper, one of modern cinema's great iconoclasts, is perhaps a fool's errand. Notoriously willful, often contradictory, and at times frustratingly combative, Hopper's exploits make for great entertainment even as they confound.
Folsom's biography is a good, quick read which helps to contextualize much of Hopper's career, but excepting a lengthy stretch on Easy Rider and its ill-fated follow-up The Last Movie the book skips hastily from one milestone to the next without eve Understanding Dennis Hopper, one of modern cinema's great iconoclasts, is perhaps a fool's errand. Folsom's biography is a good, quick read which helps to contextualize much of Hopper's career, but excepting a lengthy stretch on Easy Rider and its ill-fated follow-up The Last Movie the book skips hastily from one milestone to the next without ever delving into the degree of detail or psychological insight that its subject warrants.
Folsom is a fine writer, but it is his voice rather than Hopper's which dominates the book. However slight, Hopper is nonetheless entertaining, as any insight into its singular subject is heartily welcomed. Oct 28, Joe rated it really liked it Shelves: on-the-shelf , , non-fiction , filmmaking.
Not a typical biography. Very drift and not in depth but interesting in a Hunter S. Thompson gonzo journalism hopscotch of thoughts. But it seems an apt tribute for Hopper' style. Wish there was a little more about Speed and Waterworks. The hell-raising director who revolutionized Hollywood.
Dennis Hopper's extraordinary journey takes him to superhero highs and plummeting lows.