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Born to Be Wild: The Rise of the American Motorcyclist

Randy D. McBee


In 1947, 4,000 motorcycle hobbyists converged on Hollister, California. As images of dissolute bikers graced the pages of newspapers and magazines, the three-day gathering sparked the growth of a new subculture while also touching off national alarm. In the years that followed, the stereotypical leather-clad biker emerged in the American consciousness as a menace to law-abiding motorists and small towns. Yet a few short decades later, the motorcyclist, once menacing, became mainstream. To understand this shift, this book narrates the evolution of motorcycle culture since World War II.

Keywords: motorcycle hobbyists, Hollister, California, bikers, motorists, motorcycle culture, subculture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469622729
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622729.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Randy D. McBee, author