Easy Rider

The Music of Easy Rider


Fonda and Hopper – Easy Rider Duo

The duo of Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper not only road from California to the South, but they did it prompted by their dreams.  They wrote, directed and produced the Baby Boomer Generation cult classic Easy Rider.  It was release on July 14the (my birthday by the way) in 1969.  The film had a budget of less than $400,000 yet collected $41 million at the theaters.

Easy Rider is the story of the two bikers who travel through the American Southwest and South with searching for freedom.

Easy Rider lays bare the social diversity and prejudices, issues, and wanderlust prevalent in the United States during the 1960s. It is said that in Easy Rider real drugs were used by the actors.

The producers asked Bob Dylan to write music for Easy Rider, he stepped away for the Byrds to sing “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding). They thought he would write the theme song, but he just jotted down the first verse of the “Ballad of Easy Rider” and Roger McGuinn of the Byrds finished and sung it.

Easy Riders soundtrack included, along with the Byrds, performances by The Band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Steppenwolf.

Below are all ten songs from the movie with great scenes as well. Enjoy.

The Pusher – Steppenwolf



Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf


The Weight – The Band




Wasn’t Born to Follow – The Byrds



If You Want to Be a Bird (Bird Song) – Holy Modal Rounders



Don’t Bogart Me – Fraternity of Man




If 6 Was 9 – Jimi Hendrix Experience



Kyrie Eleison/Mardi Gras (When the Saints) – The Electric Prunes


It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) – Sung by the Byrds leadman Roger McGuinn and written by Bob Dylan


Ballad of Easy Rider – The Byrds