Easy Rider

Easy Rider (1969) is my favorite film from the 60s. It stars Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper & the young Jack Nicholson. Fonda directed, Hopper produced, and they both wrote, the film.

The film is about the adventure of 2 hippie bikers (Fonda & Hopper) who went traveling in the American South. And somewhere in the middle of the trip they were joined by an ACLU lawyer (Nicholson). There is no complicated storyline, just people and places they encounter in their journey.

Peter Fonda’s character is one of the coolest protagonists ever to appear on film.


Peter Fonda as Wyatt a.k.a. “Captain America”

Easy Rider is a cinematic masterpiece, and is often included in “greatest movies” lists.

The soundtrack of Easy Rider features some of the finest classic rock tunes from the 60s, such as Born to be Wild (Steppenwolf), Wasn’t Born to Follow (The Byrds) & If 6 Was 9 (Jimi Hendrix). It was reported that the licensing cost for the soundtrack was more than the film’s budget. The only film I can think of that has a comparably acclaimed soundtrack is American Graffiti (1973).

My favorite song from Easy Rider is Bird Song by The Holy Modal Rounders:


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