June 5, 2010 § Leave a comment

i’m not yet over the death of dennis hopper.
let us forget for a moment that he was in waterworld.
and instead remember that he was in films like rebel without a cause, cool hand luke, blue velvet, apocalypse now, and true romance.
plus television shows like the twilight zone, swiss family robinson, bonanza, and petticoat junction.
and that he cowrote, directed, and starred in easy rider.
that despite being republican, he openly voted for barack obama.
that he bought warhol’s campbell’s soup painting before anyone else cared about it.
that in an interview he once revealed, “When we were kids, Miles Davis and I used to spar together. I was in my early 20s; he was a little older. We’d box, and he’d say profound things, and I’d say, “Oh, so what? So what?” One night I came into the club he was playing in Los Angeles — we’d all gotten kicked out of New York for the drug problems — and he said [raspy voice], “I’ve written a song for you, Dennis. I want you to hear it now. It’s called ‘So What.’ ” So that one sticks.”

easy rider came to me at a time when i needed it.
(not unlike a lot of people.)

George Hanson: You know, this used to be a helluva good country. I can’t understand what’s gone wrong with it.
Billy: Man, everybody got chicken, that’s what happened. Hey, we can’t even get into like, a second-rate hotel, I mean, a second-rate motel, you dig? They think we’re gonna cut their throat or somethin’. They’re scared, man.
George Hanson: They’re not scared of you. They’re scared of what you represent to ‘em.
Billy: Hey, man. All we represent to them, man, is somebody who needs a haircut.
George Hanson: Oh, no. What you represent to them is freedom.
Billy: What the hell is wrong with freedom? That’s what it’s all about.
George Hanson: Oh, yeah, that’s right. That’s what’s it’s all about, all right. But talkin’ about it and bein’ it, that’s two different things. I mean, it’s real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace. Of course, don’t ever tell anybody that they’re not free, ’cause then they’re gonna get real busy killin’ and maimin’ to prove to you that they are. Oh, yeah, they’re gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it’s gonna scare ‘em.
Billy: Well, it don’t make ‘em runnin’ scared.
George Hanson: No, it makes ‘em dangerous.


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