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Before beginning this review, I looked up the definition of "memoir," since that is what the writer has said he's written. I found that a memoir is an historical account, or an essay on a learned subject. Neither of those definitions fits this work. It is a journey, and the reader is along for the ride. Some years ago, I bid for and won an autographed copy of the book. To be honest, I didn't follow Peter Fonda much at all. I had a passing notion of his films, but Easy Rider did not seem particul...
One of the better movie star bios I’ve read because Peter Fonda is the hardest of hardcore hipsters from the Sixties. He demonstrated at the Sunset Strip riots, dropped acid with the Beatles (which inspired the song “He Said She Said”), Jane Fonda was his spoiled brat sister, starred in legendary drugspolitation classic “The Trip”, and that’s just within the span of two years!Fonda also goes in-depth about the making of “Easy Rider” and co-star Dennis Hopper’s rampant paranoia. He also gives you...
As a long time fan of the film Easy Rider, and the bikes built for the movie by Cliff Vaughs and Ben Hardy, I was glad to find that a good chunk of this book covers the pre-production, making, and promotion of the film, and this was of great interest to me; I learned a lot I hadn't read or heard elsewhere. Apart from this, the rest of the book is engagingly written, and the character of Peter Fonda leaps off the pages, for good or bad. My abiding feeling, though, is this: if he was consuming so
Peter Fonda's 1998 memoir, which he dedicated to his sister, Jane Fonda, covers in detail his traumatic childhood with his often absent and emotionally distant father, Henry Fonda, Peter's mother's suicide, and even Peter's struggles with mental health issues growing up.Perhaps the best part of this memoir are Peter's reminiscences of the 1969 film "Easy Rider," which he wrote, produced, and starred in, along with a very manic director and co-star, Dennis Hopper. "This is MY movie!" Fonda quotes...
This was a memoir in three parts, only one of which I liked. The childhood section was an excellent read, traumatic though it was for the author to live it. Raised by his very dysfunctional parents (cold absent father and warm but crazy mother) in Hollywood in the 1950s, left at times on his own with his sisters or older relatives, then out of the blue clapped into various (some terrible) boarding schools. The writing here is emotional yet incisive, and very honest. The reader feels his confusio...
The actor's recent demise spurred my interest. Although I am not a diehard fan of any particular family member, I have seen some of their movies and TV projects all my life to some extent. Some aspects of Peter's life I was aware of, but was educated and surprised as well. His account of his random cheating on his first wife Susan had me rolling my eyes. He definitely was a "chip off the old block" in that area. Overall, the book was a decent read. It was cool to learn about his multitude of cel...
Started out interesting. Then further on it was just one story after the other about partying, smoking dope, hanging out in Hawaii and other scenic vistas. Got boring halfway thru-couldn't finish.
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Very much loved this book!Peter's childhood stories were terribly tragic. However, when it comes to his stories as an adult, some are sad and others are funny! Based on everything he'd been through, Peter is a VERY lucky guy to still be as active as he is today. Here's a friendly word of warning to whoever decides to read this book: It is NOT for the kind of people who shock easily!
I started reading this book to see if my current opinion of Mr. Fonda would change. I knew that my opinion of him was formed by the characters he'd played so maybe reading about him (while I was reading his sister's biography,) I'd get a better informed opinion. So far it hasn't improved. I'm not halfway through the book yet so I still may change it. I don't think I will really but you never know.I finished the book about two weeks ago. I was pretty angry and about to write a review on how I fel...
I was watching Peter Fonda in a movie and I said to myself: " This guy is supposed to be a good actor? I sure don't think so. His acting seems dead, not expressive at all. He recited his lines in a lifeless way And he comes off as an unlikable person, and I imagine he is unlikable in real life." So I wanted to see if my impressions were correct. His autobiography is interesting. He sure spent a lot of time running around making movies in Europe, and was constantly sailing with a crew of friends
A pretty good read all in all. Peter has always been one of my favorite actors - ever since I saw "Easy Rider". The only criticism of his auto-biography I do have is that the part of the book describing the background and making of "Easy Rider" was too lengthy and what Mr. Fonda has done recently was too short. Other than that, well worth the read.
The beginning and the end were good - the middle part was tedious. One of those books you read through - fast - hoping it would get better. Peter's a has-been, making $$ off his Easy Rider days (1969) his dad, Henry Fonda, and his sister Jane's notoriety.
I really enjoyed this glimpse into Peter Fonda's life ,and the lives of his so talented family. I would recommend this to Henry ,Peter,or Jane Fonda fans everywhere ! A lot of insight into the struggles and triumphs of the original badass Easyrider himself .
I read this as it was partially attributed to Terry Southern (I hope not!) Great collection of self-centeredness I have read since On the Road!
this was a very good book
Ok but rather tedious after the childhood
I find it interesting to read about famous entertainers lives. I thought this one was very believable.
There is more to his life than Easy Rider! Not a bad read.