For classic movie moments, it’s hard to beat Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper as they roar down the highway on chopped Harleys at the start of ‘Easy Rider.’
The scene is propelled by Steppenwolf’s hard rock anthem ‘Born to Be Wild.’ The explosive pairing of image and sound pulls the audience into a wild road trip across the south and southwest.
The release of ‘Easy Rider’ on July 14, 1969 marked a revolution in Hollywood filmmaking. ‘Easy Rider’ was directed by Hopper and produced by Fonda, two of the era’s rebellious young filmmakers who chose to work outside the studio system.
The ‘Easy Rider’ soundtrack was a powerhouse collection of songs that included ‘The Pusher,’ the second song by Steppenwolf; the acid rocker ‘If 6 Was 9′ by the Jimi Hendrix Experience; and the Band’s enigmatic ‘The Weight,’ which was included in the movie but covered by the group Smith on the album due to contractual issues.
The Byrds’ ‘Wasn’t Born to Follow’ was also included, and their leader Roger McGuinn performed Bob Dylan’s ‘It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)’ as well as the only song written for the movie, ‘The Ballad of Easy Rider.’
Great Movie even better Sountrack...I think Im going to sit down and watch it this weekend..