EFC Classics – Easy Rider (1969)

Feat. The Music of Steppenwolf

“What the hell is wrong with freedom?”

Easy Rider was released on this date in 1969. Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper star as biker friends who travel across the American Southwest in search of freedom and spiritual redemption. Along the way they encounter fellow soul-searchers, each living out their unique ideals of the American Dream.

Easy Rider GrandStandCover1

Hmm, does this renegade road trip motif remind you of any recent classics? Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) was the first one that came to my mind. If you’re interested, check out my exploration of that film here.

Easy Rider became a cult-classic and, over the years, has garnered critical acclaim for its poignant portrayal of the counter-culture phenomenon that blossomed during the Vietnam War era in America, the UK, and beyond. Easy Rider also explored iconoclastic behaviors such Drug use, communal living, and sexual promiscuity. At its core, however, Easy Rider shows us there’s no thrill quite like the thrill of the open road.

Time to rock out!

EFC Classics Soundtrack: “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf

Easy Rider

Release Data: July 14th, 1969
Rated: R

Director: Dennis Hopper
Writers: Dennis Hopper & Peter Fonda

Starring: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Phil Spector, and Jack Nicholson

The Inside Out: Joy (40), Anger (20), Disgust (15), Sadness (3), Fear (3) (Rough Estimate)

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  1. This might come as quite a shock, but I have actually not seen this classic movie. Ofcourse I know the music a d the classic scenes from it. But I have never seen this movie in it’s entirety πŸ™ˆ I know, shame on me lol πŸ˜‚ Maybe this post is a sign, that I should see it ASAP !


    1. I’m impressed that u knew of it!πŸ˜ƒ Though I shouldn’t underestimate you. You have a few years on me and have seen more movies. It’s just with Easy Rider my understanding has always been that it’s more on the obscure side of the classics spectrum. My mom, who was somewhat of a hippie in her younger days, introduced me to the soundtrack, and then I watched it in a film class I took in college. If you know the music, I say that’s what really counts. The soundtrack is arguably the best part of the movie. Deluxe edition! So many good songs were left off the original vinyl. “Born to be Wild” and “Something in the Air” by Thunderclap Newman are standouts. The Byrds, Moody Blues, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, and more are all on there!

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      1. Yeah, soundtracks can sometimes be a great part of a movie. And I would dare say sometimes even one of the most important parts as well.
        Haha, thanks for not underestimating me, but don’t underestimate yourself either. Your knowledge of movies is vast, and never fails to surprise me. Movies are such an important part of my life, and I always love discovering new movies, and classics that I have yet to see. So keep them posts coming πŸ˜€

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      2. Totally! I mean what would Star Wars be without John Williams’ Imperial March? Or the blaring first note as the yellow “Star Wars” lettering storms the screen at the onset of each film? Thank you for the encouragement. It is in my nature to doubt myself. I will keep the posts coming, and you do as well β˜ΊοΈπŸ™πŸΌ

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