Firstly Peter Winkler should be commended for writing an excellant and well researched book about actor, artist and director Dennis Hopper. The mans life has never been properly commited to page and this book does his varied career justice. However, this book left me a little sad. If you only knew Hopper from Blue Velvet or Easy Rider, after reading this book you'd be thinking that Hopper only did about five or six good films in his career. This is not the case. There are loads of performances worth checking out that this book ignores completly. The Blackout and White Star to mention just two. This book also seems to dismiss Hopper's second moive "The Last Movie" as a failed peice of film art pretention. Hopper should be given more praise for his bravery and candor in atempting to make such a experimental film with Hollywoods money, despite the commercial failure and negative critical response, his artistic vision never wained. This trait is evidenced thoughout his career. This book paints these brave artistic decisions as crazed, druged delusions of granduer.
The divorce from Victoria Duffy fills the last chapter and turns the book into a celebrity gossip feature, that paints Hopper in a very bad light. The only redemption for thne last chapter lies with Winklers inclusion of Kiplings poem "If", a poem that held a speacial meaning for Hopper and a doctrine for how Hopper lived his life.
I thought this book was a great read, but as a Hopper nut i wanted more, because i know there is more, a better book is yet to be written. This will do for now!