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, a friendship that set Hopper on his path to becoming a star. A quintessentially American dreamer longing to be the next Orson Welles. The hell-raising director who revolutionized Hollywood. A rebel, an icon, an addict plagued by demons, and an art collector who bought one of the first Andy Warhol soup cans, the roller-coaster life and career of Dennis Hopper is one of the great American stories. His cinematic adventure kicks off in the Dust Bowl with a boy from Dodge City, Kansas who dreams of going to Hollywood. Hopper's extraordinary journey takes him to superhero highs and plummeting lows, from the days of 60s rebellion to the drug-addled 70s to starring in one of the greatest Hollywood comebacks of all time. Capturing the magic of Hopper and the madness of his American Dream, Hopper is a wild ride through Dennis' many lives, as unconventional a biography as Dennis was a man. Written in a rebel spirit and packed with insights from his fellow actors, artists, and friends, Hopper tells the story of a half-century of rebellion waged at the edge of American pop culture.
Tom Folsom is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Mad Ones: Crazy Joe Gallo and The Revolution at the Edge of the Underworld. Folsom 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 the basis of the film American Gangster. Folsom is also a writer, director, and producer of documentaries and his work has appeared at Sundance, on A and E, and Showtime. He lives in New York City.