ISBN 0-81184-161-8 (paperback)
published November 2003 by Chronicle Books
ISBN 0-9440-9246-2 (hardcover)
published December 1997 by Twin Palms Publishers of Santa Fe, New Mexico
Table of Contents:
From the 1968 introduction by Danny Lyon:|
"The material in this book was collected between 1963 and 1967 in an attempt to record and glorify the life of the American bikerider. It is a personal record, dealing mostly with bikeriders whom I know and care for. If anything has guided this work beyond the facts of the worlds presented it is what I have come to believe is the spirit of the bikeriders: the spirit of the hand that twists open the throttle on the crackling engines of big bikes and rides them on racetracks or through traffic or, on occasion, into oblivion."
Photographs from The Bikeriders have been on display at various galleries around the United States for many years. For instance, the Art Institute of Chicago displayed these photos in 1966, the Milwaukee Art Museum displayed them in the late 1980s (and again in 2003), the Michael H. Lord Gallery in Milwaukee displayed them in 1998, and the Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York displayed them in 1997 and 1998.
"Lyon's photographs stand out in how he takes this subject matter which has been traditionally displayed photographically as idealized figures fighting for dignity in the face of subjugation... and presents it without an attempt to provoke an immediate response of compassion. In Lyon's photographs the fringe is the fringe, it gets along fine without you and will continue to do so.
No one has ever made better photographs of the motorcycling culture; and the text transcribed from the audio tapes made of the photo's subjects is fascinating for the peek it gives us into the language used around the midwest in the 1960s and how much it has changed since. Recommended!"
- Troy Johnson, in Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly, August 1999
"Bikers have left the conventional world behind for one of their own making....
That's the spin, anyway. But where did it arise? One clue is to be found in the ''Bikeriders'' photographs of Danny Lyon.... Lyon's work feeds off and into the developing image of the biker, caught, in this moment, between Eisenhower-era greaser and Johnsonian hippie; somewhere between enthusiasts and criminals, but not settled, completely, into either role. Lyons captures a moment in the formation of a mythology."
- Nathan Guequierre, in Shepherd Express, June 18, 1998
"The best of the pictures were taken on the road, with Lyon astride his full-bore Triumph, and were said to be the visual inspiration for Easy Rider."
- Andy Grundberg, in British Vogue, November 1992
The hardcover reprint of "The Bikeriders" by Twin Palms Publishers and the softcover reprint by Chronicle Books are both now out of print. This Chronicle Books edition is special because it includes black-and-white photographs and color prints that had not been included in the previous two editions.