Easy Rider

By Rebeka Knott

“Easy Rider” was a 1969 classic biker movie that targeted the young, counterculture, hippie generation. The movie was about two bikers, Wyatt and Billy, who took off on a cross-country adventure on their Harley Davidsons. They left everything behind for the goal of reaching New Orleans for Mardi Gras!

Along the way, the pair met a very diverse group of people. They met everyone from farmers to truckers to hitchhikers to prostitutes to rednecks to people living in communes, having multiple sex partners and the list just goes on and on. The drugs were free flowing and the party was never ending.

Both Wyatt and Billy were ultimately gunned down and killed by redneck bigots after being targets of their taunting. The movie’s famous tagline is, “A man went looking for America and couldn’t find it anywhere.” They had lost their way, their dream, their money and ultimately their lives.