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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock-'n-Roll Generation Saved Hollywood

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls - Peter Biskind Seminal, oft-quoted survey of Hollywood's 'cocaine' era. Less scabrous than 'You'll Never Eat Lunch' but equally revealing of how chance combinations of talent (fostered in this case by the get-togethers at the Salt/Kidman beach house) can suddenly mushroom into fevered creativity. Also once again shows how sudden fame and power totally corrodes self restraint and judgement: Dennis Hopper, Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, Martin Scorsese (who survived talent intact) amongst the fallen - alive but burned out. Fascinating, detailed work.