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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: ItBooks (19 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006220694X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062206947
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,273,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Folsom is the New York Times bestselling author of HOPPER: A Journey into the American Dream, and THE MAD ONES: Crazy Joe Gallo and the Revolution at the Edge of the Underworld. He 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 featured in 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 with his wife. Follow him @tomfolsomauthor and facebook.com/TomFolsomOfficial

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“Guns, motorcycles, mug shots, drugs, paintings, madness. Even by Hollywood standards, Dennis Hopper led an extraordinary life…Tom Folsom structures Hopper, his book about the man, in a time-bending, sensational style reminiscent of Hopper’s most out-there projects.” (Details)

“Tom Folsom tears through the life of Dennis Hopper in Hopper: A Journey into the American Dream.” (Vanity Fair)

“Rollicking.” (GQ)

“Folsom has neatly framed actor Dennis Hopper.” (Wall Street Journal)

“Mr. Folsom plays the part of [Hopper’s] spiritual medium, taking us through each chapter of the Kansas-born, James Dean-worshipping, psychedelic psychotic’s life, describing exactly what was going through the mind of the semi-tragic American almost-hero at each juncture.” (New York Observer)

“Folsom carries the reader on a caffeine-and-other-substance-fueled ride.” (New York Post)

“Folsom does an admirable job capturing Hopper’s manic and spirited personality in prose.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Hip…frank…a rich portrayal of an unconventional, free-wheeling thinker whose checkered experiences shock and beguile on the page.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“Fortunately for him, Dennis Hopper has gotten the biographer he deserves. Which is to say, Folsom’s gonzo prose pulsates with Hopper’s manic energy and fits his madness like a glove.” (Peter Biskind, New York Times bestselling author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls)

“Tom Folsom’s Hopper is an electric and rollicking, tour de force profile of Hollywood’s great outlaw chameleon. All the wild-eyed stories and high-octane pathos in these pages make me miss the edgy, ‘grand artiste’ Hopper anew. A knockout book!” (Douglas Brinkley, New York Times bestselling author of Cronkite)

“Dennis did a lot for motorcycling with his movie Easy Rider. Folsom has written a book that shows Dennis’s life like it was: crazy but brilliant.” (Ralph “Sonny” Barger, author of the New York Times bestseller Hell's Angel and former head of the Oakland chapter of the Hell's Angels)

“Essential reading for anyone interested in Dennis Hopper, the explosive sixties, Hollywood, American cinema, and the art of the twentieth century. But watch out—this visceral book puts you right in it, and some of it is jaw-dropping.” (Philippe Mora, director of Mad Dog Morgan, starring Dennis Hopper)

“What a terrific book about Dennis Hopper—he would have loved it and hated it. Beautifully written, stunningly accurate, Hopper captures all the wonderful and terrifying contradictions of the sweet, sad, funny, angry, and loving man that was Dennis.” (Henry Jaglom, actor, playwright, and director of Tracks, starring Dennis Hopper)

“Dennis Hopper was unlike any human I’ve ever met: consumed with passion for his subject, aesthetically brave, yet possessing a gentle heart. Though I would have said it couldn’t be done, Tom Folsom has captured the real Dennis.” (Karen Black, actress and Dennis Hopper's costar in Easy Rider)

From the Back Cover

James Dean to Hopper
"I saw what you did today. Today you were great."

Jack Nicholson to Hopper
"We're geniuses, you know that?
Isn't it great to be a genius?"

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 who longed to be the next Orson Welles. The hell-raising director who revolutionized Hollywood. An enigmatic man from Dodge City, Kansas, on an endless quest to realize the American Dream.

Dennis Hopper has been described as a rebel, an icon, an addict plagued by demons, and one of the most important champions of the pop-art movement. Friend to Warhol, muse to David Lynch, mentor to Sean Penn, champion of Ice-T, Dennis Hopper built a career that was a half-century of rebellion waged at the edge of American popular culture.

Tom Folsom's Hopper is a wild ride through Dennis's many lives. Featuring hundreds of interviews with Hopper's fellow actors, artists, musicians, and residents of Taos, New Mexico (where he spent much of his most manic time), as well as his ex-wives and many other people who knew him, Hopper takes you on an extraordinary—and sometimes troubling—journey. From Dennis's early days with his grandparents on a dusty farm in Kansas, where he watched trains go by on their way to Los Angeles, to his formative time in Hollywood as one of a bright new crop of actors straddling the edge of the studio system, to the rebellious 1960s and the start of the independent film movement, to the drug-addled 1970s and beyond, when Hopper staged one of the greatest Hollywood comebacks of all time—Tom Folsom has crafted a biography as unconventional as Dennis Hopper himself.


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Masloski on 21 Jan 2014
Format: Hardcover
"VAROOOOMMMMM!!!!!!!
VAROOOOMMMM!!!!!!!!!
VAROOOOOOOMMM!!!!!!"

"POW!!!!!"

"CRAAAASSSHHHH!!!!!"

And there is alot more like the above found within the pages of this ersatz Gonzo book on the late, great Dennis Hopper. Not only is stuff like the above totally puerile and more in tune with the BATMAN series from the sixties, it also wastes page space that could and should have been devoted to deeper things.

Folsom's book is a jumbled speed-read that will leave most true Hopper fans thirsty for more. Lots more!!! Thankfully, that "more" is to be had in Peter L. Winkler's splendid, in-depth 2011 book DENNIS HOPPER: THE WILD RIDE OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL. The earlier book covers whole continents that HOPPER's author never set foot on or even explored from his armchair.

Curious also are the reviews thus far on Amazon. Most all sound similar in voice. All announce the full name right up front - Tom Folsom! Most all are the only reviews posted by the reviewers. Be these ardent and true fans of Dennis Hopper - or more so of Tom Folsom?

TOM FOLSOM!!!!! VAROOMMMM!!!! CRAAASSHHHHH!!!

I wonder.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blackbeanoid on 24 April 2013
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This was for a gift fo someone. The recipient seemed to like it very much, therefore personally I cannot comment. Thank you.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Pretentious & badly written 23 Mar 2013
By M. Ritchie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The author thinks he's Tom Wolfe, but he has a long way to go. This disjointed, poorly written book is not a biography, but a collection of drafts and sketches for chapters of a book. Hopper would make a good subject for a biography, but Folsom doesn't even begin to bring him to life. Folsom's concern is more for flashy word choice and shifts in typography. The shame is that Folsom seems to have had access to some interesting interview subjects, but almost completely wasted his chance to tell Hopper's story and get at what make him tick--Folsom seems to think that, like Charles Foster Kane, Hopper has a core moment or memory or incident that he never forgot and that may have ruled his life, but Folsom is unable to get near it, except that it may have been somewhere in Hopper's Kansas childhood. The chunk of the book on the making of The Last Movie is compelling, but nothing else in the book is worth much. Here's hoping someone else takes on job of telling Hopper's life.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Not again . . . 16 May 2013
By Kovacs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was excited when I saw a biography of Dennis Hopper had been written, but then I read several pages and was disappointed. I then realized the author was the same man who wrote the book "The Mad Ones" and I went, "Oh no." The Hopper book is as pretentious, poorly written and confusing as "The Mad Ones." A good biographer should be invisible to the reader, but these books are more about showing off Folsom's writing style, such as it is. Hopper deserves a more traditional biography. The gimmick of this biography is the writing style matches Hopper's uninhibited life. That might make for a nice gimmick, but not an enriching reading experience.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
wannabe gonzo journalism 28 April 2013
By Ms. Parker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I understand Mr. Folsom's aims in wanting to produce a biography as turbocharged as his subject, but the writing is often so confused and confusing that I would have to stop and reread sections--and there are grammatical howlers on almost every other page. Hopper's life and time deserve a rich and resonant telling; this is not it.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great Subject....Horrible Writer !! 12 April 2013
By Jersey Jeff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was looking forward to reading this book about Dennis Hopper. It quickly became apparent to me that the journey was going to be slow and painful. The book is about an "Easy Rider" but it is certainly no Easy Reader. The "writer" seems to think that he is a contestant in the "who can write the longest and most complex sentences" contest. His style sucks and is almost unreadable. I'd pass on this book if I was you!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
PUFF 'N STUFF 22 Mar 2013
By Richard Masloski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"VAROOOOMMMMM!!!!!!!
VAROOOOMMMM!!!!!!!!!
VAROOOOOOOMMM!!!!!!"

"POW!!!!!"

"CRAAAASSSHHHH!!!!!"

And there is alot more like the above found within the pages of this ersatz Gonzo book on the late, great Dennis Hopper. Not only is stuff like the above totally puerile and more in tune with the BATMAN series from the sixties, it also wastes page space that could and should have been devoted to deeper things.

Folsom's book is a jumbled speed-read that will leave most true Hopper fans thirsty for more. Lots more!!! Thankfully, that "more" is to be had in Peter L. Winkler's splendid, in-depth 2011 book DENNIS HOPPER: THE WILD RIDE OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL. The earlier book covers whole continents that HOPPER's author never set foot on or even explored from his armchair.

Curious also are the reviews thus far on Amazon. Most all sound similar in voice. All announce the full name right up front - Tom Folsom! Most all are the only reviews posted by the reviewers. Be these ardent and true fans of Dennis Hopper - or more so of Tom Folsom?

TOM FOLSOM!!!!! VAROOMMMM!!!! CRAAASSHHHHH!!!

I wonder.
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