Easy Rider Motorcycle on Display EMP Museum
The Easy Rider movie is one of the most iconic films in motorcycling, the film featuring Peter Fonda exposing the sub culture of the 1960s.
The main actor of the Easy Rider cast, Fonda (Wyatt) rode a chopped Harley-Davidson Panhead with the American Flag painted on the gas tank. Fonda’s Hardtail – coined “Captain America” – became a symbol of freedom for bikers, and now one of the original Easy Rider bikes is on display at the EMP Museum in Seattle.
When Fonda and Dennis Hopper (Billy) began their search for “America” in 1969, both found out their journey would have a profound influence not only on audiences but on film-making itself.
Easy Rider came helped create the “New Hollywood,” and helped summarize the conflicts and contradictions of the counter culture.
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Photo credit: Brady Harvey/EMP Museum
About EMP Museum
EMP is a leading-edge, nonprofit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel popular culture. With its roots in rock ‘n’ roll, EMP serves as a gateway museum, reaching multigenerational audiences through our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs, using interactive technologies to engage and empower our visitors. At EMP, artists, audiences, and ideas converge, bringing understanding, interpretation, and scholarship to the popular culture of our time.
EMP is housed in a 140,000 square-foot Frank O. Gehry-designed building. This spectacular, prominently visible structure has the presence of a monumental sculpture set against the backdrop of the Seattle Center.